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Yes. To ensure adequate response times, all Elk River firefighters must live within nine (9) minutes of an Elk River Fire Station. Station #1 is located at 415 Jackson Ave, Station #2 (headquarters) is located at 13073 Orono Pkwy, and Station #3 is located at 9921 191st NW.
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Experience is not needed. Once hired, all recruits go through the Elk River Fire Academy where they receive all required training and certifications to be firefighters.
Once hired, all recruits must attend the Elk River Fire Academy to obtain required training and certifications. The Academy consists of approximately 160 hours of both hands-on and classroom training covering a multitude of topics. Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday evening from 1800 hours - 2200 hours, with a few Saturday all-day classes. A full schedule will be provided on the first evening of class.
The majority of classes are held at Fire Station #2 (Orono Pkwy), however, a few classes will be held off site in or near Elk River such as a training house, Public Works, or Fire Station #1 (Jackson Ave).
Elk River Fire is a paid-on-call department meaning that firefighters are compensated for attending calls for service, training, meetings, work details, etc. Firefighters are issued pagers that alert them to calls for service, they then respond to the station from wherever they are (home, work, etc.).
Elk River Fire firefighters have training every Thursday evening starting at 1800 hours. If you are unable to attend evening training, you can attend the morning training which starts at 0830. Per policy, firefighters must attend a minimum of 50% of all training throughout the year.
All uniforms and books will be provided by the department. You will also be provided with an Academy Guidelines packet that outlines expectations.
Per policy, firefighters are required to attend a minimum of 30% of all calls dispatched per year. Failure to meet this minimum requirement may result in discipline. Elk River Fire currently responds to an average of 450 calls per year.
Yes - men and women both go through the same pre-employment screenings (physical agility assessment, medical evaluation, psychological evaluation, and background check). The City of Elk River is an equal opportunity employer.
There is no out-of-pocket costs to recruits. Elk River Fire partners with Allina to host classes on site at Fire Station #2. All expenses are paid for by the Elk River Fire Department.
At this time, we do not have any volunteer opportunities available.
Elk River Fire is a paid-on-call department, meaning that firefighters respond to their assigned stations when they are paged for calls. Firefighters remain at the station for the duration of the call until they are cleared.