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Training Requirements for Firefighter Recruits

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The Plymouth Fire Department’s training program for firefighter recruits is designed to give new members a full understanding of basic firefighting, rescue equipment and procedures. The department has a structured mentoring program in which mentors meet with firefighters throughout the probationary period to review progress and assist with any questions or concerns.

A firefighter's first year of service requires a considerable investment of time, typically 60-80 hours per month including training and calls. Within the first year, all members complete Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Operational certification. Training is provided by the West Suburban Fire Academy program. View the academy schedule outline to gauge time dedication and availability.

Continuing Education
Beyond initial training requirements, all firefighters participate in continuing education, which includes mandatory and additional training opportunities. Regular department training is offered Tuesday mornings, Tuesday nights and Wednesday nights. Training is also offered during Duty Crew shifts.

Additional training opportunities are available at sectional, state and national schools, as well as at local technical and community colleges. All members are encouraged to maintain and improve knowledge and skill levels throughout their career.

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