Working for the Burnsville Fire Department

Job Openings

Visit the Jobs Section to view any current openings or call the Human Resources office at 952-895-4470.

The Burnsville Fire Department and Ambulance Service protects a population in excess of 60,000 residents, and covers an area of 27 square miles. Learn more about the Burnsville Fire Department.

Minimum Requirements

To be hired on the Burnsville Fire Department, all applicants must be:

  • Current with National Registry Certification as a paramedic
  • Current with Minnesota or IFSAC Accredited Firefighter II Certification
  • Certified or eligible for certification as a paramedic in Minnesota
  • Have a valid Minnesota Driver's License or be eligible to be licensed in the State of Minnesota.
  • Have successfully completed a Hazardous Materials Responder - Operational Level Class such as NIMS IS 100, 200, 700.

Recruitment/Interview Process

Candidates must pass each phase of the Recruitment Process to move forward to the next phase. The phases include:

  • Application Process
  • Written Exam
  • Interviews/EMS Skills
  • Physical Agility
  • Background, Psychological and Medical Background

Field Training

The first phase of new employee training involves six weeks of review of basic firefighter skills, including hands on, classroom and live fire training.

In the second phase, new employees work on shift with a Field Training Officer (FTO) and complete further firefighter training evolutions, equivalent to Firefighter II, and an evaluation of paramedic skills. This phase is generally 12 weeks long.

Following the second phase, a new employee is released to full, unrestricted duty and is able to work on shift, on the engine, and as a regular member of the team.

Ongoing Education

All firefighters continue training throughout their careers. To keep skills fresh several training activities for all shifts include:

  • Annual completion of nine NFPA 1410 engine and truck company evolutions
  • Four annual live burns
  • Quarterly Dakota County continuing medical education
  • Bi-monthly Burnsville Fire Department medical in-services
  • Bi-annual specialty certifications for Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Trauma Life Support
  • Annual training on operations level of high/low angle rescue, water/ice rescue, confined space/trench and vehicle/machinery rescue