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.
During their probationary period, firefighters receive on-call pay of $8.97 an hour. Once the probationary period is complete, firefighters receive $13.52 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.
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.
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.
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.