How Much Time Does it Take to Become a Firefighter?

posted Feb 10, 2016, 1:14 PM by System Administrator   [ updated Aug 26, 2017, 8:30 AM ]
All members of the Department to become MN Certified Firefighters as well as First Responders (Emergency Medical Responders). There are (4) core courses required and they are:
  • Firefighter I
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Firefighter II
  • EMR (First Responder)
There is some variation, but in general the time required for those core courses is about 160-180 hours of classroom time. 

Classes are generally done in the evenings in local fire departments,meeting 2 times a week. New members are expected to completed this training in the first 2 years as a members, but most attack it and complete it within the first 6 months. 

While we want to get everyone trained and productive as quickly as possible, we recognize there are limits to schedules and make our best efforts to accommodate everyone, within reason.