Becoming a Firefighter
Thinking about becoming a firefighter? The IGH FD is always looking for men and women interested in becoming part-time firefighters. Please read the sections below for a basic overview of what our firefighters do, the types of skills and abilities we are looking for and the training you will receive.
Applications are accepted year-round, but hiring typically takes place once per year.
Nature of Work
- This is a non-supervisory and non-administrative position. Work is performed in the field or in the fire station.
- The work involves performing firefighting and rescue techniques which are required in both life-threatening and non-emergency situations as required when requested by the public. Included in the work is the application of judgment based on training required for the position of firefighter and experience gained through fire and rescue operations.
- Work is performed under the general direction of a captain or lieutenant and under the overall supervision of the Chief Staff. In the absence of an officer the senior firefighter will be in command until relieved by an officer.
No special training is required to apply. And you are paid to train. All recruits will be enrolled in the Northern Dakota Training Academy (NDTA) curriculum. The NDTA is a consortium, established in 2016, consisting of the Inver Grove Heights, Hastings, Eagan, Rosemount, and Mendota Heights Fire Departments. The NDTA provides initial firefighter training for all new-hire firefighters of the member departments. The NDTA curriculum consists of the following courses:
- Firefighter I (120 hours)
- Firefighter II (40 hours)
- Hazardous Materials Operations (26 hours)
In addition, new hires will be trained and certified to a minimum of Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) level as specified by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.
All recruits will also be trained and certified to a minimum of Fire Apparatus Operator III. The department pays for all required firefighter training and equipment.
Desirable Skills for Incoming Firefighters
- Knowledge of relevant fire department policies, city ordinances, and state statutes governing fire departments
- Knowledge in principles of firefighting, rescue, and first aid
- Knowledge and proficiency in the use of rescue and fire tools and equipment
- Skill in the use of all equipment for fire, rescue, and medical operations.
- Ability to quickly coordinate operations on a fire or rescue scene with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances
- Maintain a high image in appearance and manners
Desirable Experience & Training
- Basic training in the emergency medical field
- Basic understanding of modern firefighting principles
- Able to respond to fire and rescue calls when in the area
Work Expected of Firefighters