Hopkins Fire Department Is Now Hiring

The Hopkins Fire Department is seeking candidates for the position of part-time firefighter.

We are looking for people who live within 8 minutes of the Hopkins Fire Department and are interested in providing the community with a wide range of emergency services. No prior experience is necessary.

Personnel are paid for all classes, training, calls, drills, and duty crew shifts. Members who spend at least 10 years on the Hopkins Fire Department are eligible for a pension.

The position provides certifications and training in firefighting, EMT, and hazardous materials. Uniforms, equipment, and training are paid for by the department.

Application deadline is May 31, 2016 at 4 pm.

About Hopkins Firefighters

The Hopkins Fire Department is a blend of schoolteachers, managers, truck drivers, service technicians and sales representatives—just to mention a few. The strength of the department lies in this diversity of people dedicated to giving back to the community in an exciting way.


Firefighters must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a valid Minnesota Driver's License
  • pass a physical agility and mental aptitude test
  • pass a written test
  • complete a medical examination, drug test and interview with the hiring committee

Benefits (as of Jan 1, 2016)

During their probationary period, firefighters receive on-call pay of $9.76 an hour. Once the probationary period is complete, firefighters receive $14.71 an hour for emergency response and drills. Some activities are not paid.

Firefighters who complete at least ten years of service with the department are eligible for a pension.

Training and time commitment

New members receive basic firefighting and emergency medical training. Training is usually done on weeknights. There are also regularly scheduled weekly in-house training drills, as well as educational courses provided through Hennepin Technical College. Continuing education is offered throughout a firefighter's career.

  • Mandatory meetings and drills will be required approximately 3 hours per week. Activities are held on Thursday evenings although other arrangements can be made if necessary.
  • Basic firefighting and medical training will take 3 to 6 hours per week for at least the first year.
  • Responding to emergencies takes about 4 hours each week.

There are also opportunities to be a part of special projects such as standbys, community service and fire prevention activities. Depending on your commitment, you could spend 2 to 8 hours each week involved in these activities.

Working around your job

Getting released from work to respond to calls is a matter between you and your employer. Some employers permit their employees to respond to emergencies during the work day.



  • Fire Chief

  • Executive Secretary

Firefighters in front of Fire station

Hopkins firefighters