The City typically conducts entrance testing every two years to develop and maintain a hiring list. This list may be extended up to a maximum of four years. Our most recent testing occurred in the summer of 2014.
Interested applicants can sign up to receive Job Posting Notices. A notice will be emailed to you when we are accepting applications for fire service positions.
Successful applicants must possess a minimum of an Associate Degree in Fire Protection or equivalent experience and/or education, IFSAC or ProBoard Firefighter II Certification, current National Registry of EMTs EMT Certification, , a valid personal driver’s license, and completion of NIMS IS-700, IS-800, ICS-100, and ICS-200 courses. All applications are submitted online. All written communications will occur via e-mail and a response will be given to all applicants.
2. Written Testing
Qualified applicants will be invited to complete a written exam which is used to develop an initial ranking score. This is a closed testing site and only approved applicant will be allowed to test. All participants will receive their individual score and their ranking at this point in the process. Veterans preference points may be applied to the written test if requested by applicants.
3. Physical Agility Test and Oral Interviews
A preset quantity of top finishers will be required to complete a pass/fail physical agility test based on the former Phoenix Fire Department test and will participate an oral interview. Final rankings will be determined by a combination of written test scores and oral interview scores.
Physical Agility Test – Introduction
This video gives basic information, logistics, and rules for the candidate taking the physical agility test as part of our hiring process. UPDATE: A doctor's note is no longer required. Please ignore that instruction in the video.
Physical Agility Test - Exam
This video walks the candidate through each of the testing stations as part of our hiring process.
4. Offer of Conditional Employment
An initial offer of conditional employment is made to fill a job opening. Prior to beginning work for the City of Moorhead, applicants must pass background checks, a medical examination, and a psychological exam.
Initially, employees work 40-hour work weeks as they receive initial training on operations within the City of Moorhead. They are do not respond to calls for service until basic skills verifications have been completed.
Firefighters work a 56-hour average work week using three rotating 24-hour shifts. Additionally, Firefighters are subject to callback during off-duty hours and must live within a 20 minute driving radius of the Headquarters Fire Station. During the first year of employment, department members are evaluated quarterly along various performance measures and will complete targeted training off-site to become a haz-mat technician and must obtain a Minnesota Firefighter license and a Minnesota EMT license. An employee may be discharged under a wide degree of discretion on the part of the City.
7. Long-Term Employment
After the completion of the probationary period, an employee may only be discharged for serious or repetitive offenses. We value of staff and expect them to continue to develop their skills and abilities and adapt to the changing needs of those we serve. During the first five years of employment, Firefighters are required to achieve IFSAC certification as a Apparatus Operator, Fire Instructor I, and Fire Inspector I. Employees hired after September 3rd, 2010 may not use tobacco products while at work, or off-duty.
8. Future openings
As openings occur, individuals may be offered employment based on the results of the completed 2014 testing process or a select number of applicants may be called back for a second interview. In the later case, a "rule-of-three" principal shall apply, meaning that the next top three applicants, at a minimum will be interviewed and ranked again based off of the second interviews.
The City of Moorhead is looking for highly motivated individuals to work as Firefighters for the City of Moorhead. We provide a wide range of services with a conservatively staffed full-time department. This enables our employees to cross-train in several fire service disciplines and allows even young Firefighters take leadership roles in areas that are of personal interest to them.
The ideal candidate will highly value education and credentialing (IFSAC Certifications) as well as experience as the department does. We provide many opportunities for education and training outside of the department as well as an active in-house training program.
We realize that the fire service is ever changing and evolving and our programs have as well and will continue to evolve during your employment. We are continually striving to adapt to our changing environment including local politics, economic conditions, demographics and social conditions. We are seeking both a highly qualified and a diverse labor force that can respond to the needs of our entire community. We look forward to considering you for employment with the City of Moorhead.
The details listed about the 2014 testing process are in the process of development and are subject to change prior the completion of the 2014 testing process. The results of the completed 2014 testing process will be applicable until replaced by a successor process. Applicants submitting fraudulent information, misrepresenting themselves, omitting relevant information or committing other ethically questionable acts or omissions will be excluded from current and possibly future consideration for employment as a Firefighter for the City of Moorhead.