The Eden Prairie Fire Department seeks new volunteer firefighters annually.
If you have the heart to serve your community, you have everything we need!
Successful recruits become Duty Crew firefighters. Few part-time jobs afford the chance to help others, serve the community and qualify for a pension, all while providing an essential public service.
Because the Eden Prairie Fire Department provides a critical service to the community, it must take every precaution to select the best possible candidates.
- 18 years of age or older
- High school graduate or equivalent
- Hold valid State of Minnesota driver’s license to maintain active membership
- Reside within 15 minutes of one of the four Eden Prairie fire stations (measured from current residence to fire station)
- Able to carry out responsibilities and provide good communications in a calm, positive and professional manner under emergency conditions
- Successfully complete the comprehensive screening process including written and psychological tests, an oral interview and police background investigation
- Successfully pass the Fire Department-sponsored pre-membership physical examination, stress test, pulmonary function test and physical agility test.
Every member of the Eden Prairie Fire Department is eligible for membership in the Eden Prairie Fire Department Relief Association.
Being a member of the Relief Association entitles firefighters to retirement benefits after a minimum of 10 years of service.
Example of Retirement Benefits
10 years of service — $560 per month or $124,000 lump sum
15 years of service — $840 per month or $186,000 lump sum
20 years of service — $1,120 per month or $248,000
If eligible, retirement benefits can start no earlier than 50 years of age. Other benefits include disability, and survivor benefits for spouses and family members.
The purpose of the Eden Prairie Fire Department training program for new recruits is to give a full understanding of basic firefighting techniques as well as emergency medical response procedures for basic life-saving activities.
Those who complete this training become certified firefighters and medical responders.
- Firefighter I, Hazmat Operations and Firefighter II during initial six months (160+ hours, twice a week)
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)/CPR during initial 12 months (40 hours)
- New members may begin to ride emergency vehicles as fourth person after training begins
- After completion of basic courses outlined above, many opportunities are available to further firefighting and emergency response skills on topics such as Emergency Medical Technician, Building Construction, Fire Inspector, Advanced Firefighting and Fire Prevention
- Additional training is approved by the station captain and training chief, and paid for by Eden Prairie Fire Department
- Ongoing weekly training after initial training has been completed (3 hours per week)
- Become a member of a cutting-edge fire department
- Predictable scheduling (average two or three callbacks per month)
- Relief Association benefit is $10,000 per year (100% vested at 10 years)
- Training and shift time paid at $13.49 per hour (after probationary year at $9.65 per hour)
- Community Center membership
- Exceptional equipment, apparatus and facilities
- Many career advancement opportunities