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Fire Department hires five new firefighters

Rick Coleman
by Rick Coleman, Fire Chief05/10/2017 12:30 pm
Updated: 05/10/2017

The Fire Department recently hired five new paid-on-call firefighters: Keith Jellinger, Andy Toczek, Brad Horsmann, Chris Richardson and Dustin Campion. These individuals have already completed a rigorous selection process that included an oral interview, background check, physical agility testing and psychological, medical and drug testing. This intense process began during the department's January recruitment events. There is a considerable amount of time and effort put into the hiring process.

Five men posing for photo

The process of becoming a firefighter doesn’t stop after new firefighters are hired. They will immediately start a 24-month probationary period and start training classes with other Scott County fire departments at the SCALE Regional Public Safety Training Facility in Jordan. The training, which includes Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Operations classes, will take four months to complete and approximately 150 hours per firefighter. 

Upon completion of the training, the firefighters must take and pass the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board exams and obtain certificates for each course. They must also complete and obtain certifications in the FEMA National Incident Management System; the 120-hour Emergency Medical Technician course and national exam; and a 40-hour Fire Apparatus Operator course designed to teach them the fundamentals of driving and pumping a fire engine. During all of this time, they are responsible for completing a mentorship program with the Fire Department’s captains and lieutenants and learning the policies and procedures of the Shakopee Fire Department.

Firefighter Hiring 2017As you can now recognize and appreciate, there is a considerable amount of time and effort invested by the candidates, current fire department staff, city employees, surrounding communities and taxpayers. The Fire Department does everything possible to hire the best candidates and make sure they succeed. Paid-on-call firefighters are generally hired each spring. They are paid a starting wage of $13/hour and receive pension benefits based on years of service. It’s a great opportunity serve your community and obtain leadership experience. 

If you are interested in applying, sign up on the city's Employment page to be notified when applications are being accepted.