Hiring Process

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Engine 11Process Overview
The hiring process for new firefighter recruits is comprehensive and takes several months to complete.

Applicants are screened and interviewed and references are checked. Applicants then complete a Firefighter Physical Ability Test, attend a mandatory firefighter commitment meeting and complete a background investigation.

Once conditional offers are extended, successful candidates undergo pre-employment examinations including medical and drug screenings. Recruits who pass pre-employment examinations then begin orientation and training.

Below is a general outline of the 2018 paid-on-call firefighter hiring process:

Date  Event
Tuesday, June 19 Positions posted, applications accepted 
7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 Firefighter Recruitment Open House at Fire Station III (3300 Dunkirk Lane N.)
Attendance to this meeting is strongly encouraged for interested candidates and their spouses or significant others
8 a.m. Monday, July 23 Application deadline
Late July Candidate interviews 
Tuesday, Aug. 7 Physical Ability Test at Fire Station III
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 Firefighter Commitment and Expectation Meeting at Fire Station III
This meeting is mandatory for candidates and encouraged for candidate spouses or significant others
Late August-October Background checks, pre-employment exams 
Mid October Conditional offers extended  
2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 HR Orientation at City Hall (3400 Plymouth Blvd.)
6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 Fire Department Orientation at Fire Station II (12000 Old Rockford Road) 
January 2019 Firefighter I Class begins at Fire Station III

Plymouth Fire Department
Public Safety Building | 3400 Plymouth Blvd. | Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
P 763-509-5120 | F 763-509-5142 | fire@plymouthmn.gov  
Emergency: 911 | 24-hour Non-emergency: 952-258-5321