Becoming a Firefighter

Two People Holding a HoseThe firefighters of the New Brighton Fire Division are highly trained and professional members of our community. Firefighters answer the call to service by responding from home or work when the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center alerts them of a call utilizing a one-way voice paging system. Members come from varied professions, Nurses, City Planners, Engineers, Truck Drivers, Mechanics, etc. These varied backgrounds bring a wealth of experience to every request for service.

The basic requirements for membership are:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Live or Work within 6 minutes of the Public Safety Facility
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED
  • Possess a Valid Minnesota Drivers License

After satisfying the above requirements, a prospective member is eligible to begin the hiring process. The hiring process begins with an informational meeting describing the responsibilities and benefits of membership. This is then followed by a Written Examination of basic skills. Members successfully completing the basic skills exam must satisfactorily complete the Ramsey County Fire Chiefs physical agility test and will then be scheduled for an oral interview. Successful candidates who are recommended for hire following the Oral Interview must pass a Medical Evaluation, Background Investigation, and a Psychological Evaluation.

Members of the New Brighton Fire Division are compensated for their services for training sessions and calls for service. Members receive a pay check from the City each month for all of their time during the pay period. Members are also eligible to receive a lump-sum retirement payment upon satisfactorily completing a minimum of 10 years of service. After completing 20 years of service, a member is eligible for a full retirement benefit. The New Brighton Fire Relief Association has the responsibility for managing the retirement fund.