MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the first time since 2006, the city of Minneapolis will take applications for new firefighters.

Officials said thousands are expected to apply for the jobs. Many Minneapolis Firefighters are expected to retire in the coming years.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced the process for hiring new firefighters Monday morning.

He said the department will begin accepting applications on Jan. 31. This marks the first step in creating a new firefighter eligibility list that will be used to hire firefighters as soon as positions open up.

Details were released in a press release on Monday:

Minimum Qualifications
Firefighters must meet a number of basic job requirements. They must be 18 or older at the time of application, have a valid driver’s license, have the ability to read at a 10th grade level and hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Application Process
Applications will only be accepted in person and only on these three days: Jan. 31, and Feb. 1-2, 2013. Applications must be submitted in person at the Northeast Armory, 1025 Broadway St. NE. Details about the application and testing process can be found on the Fire Department’s website. Applications will be available at any Minneapolis Fire Station or the Minneapolis Human Resources Office, 250 South 4th St. – Room 100, beginning Jan. 24, 2013.

Examination process
Submitting an application is the first step in a thorough process, which includes several steps. Applicants will be asked to take a pass/fail reading comprehension exam and a scored job inventory exam in March. The top scoring applicants will be asked to then participate in a scored oral interview and pass/fail physical agility test in spring/summer.

Those applicants that complete those exam components successfully will be put on the eligibility list for future hiring within the next two to three years. Before an applicant is hired, the last step in the examination process is to pass a criminal background check, medical exam and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.


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