Information session set on becoming a Coon Rapids firefighter

The city of Coon Rapids is currently recruiting qualified candidates for several paid-on-call (POC) firefighting positions.

New this year: candidates do not need any prior experience or training. In the past, POC positions required candidates to have already taken Firefighter 1 training.

This year, the city decided to provide all required training for candidates who are selected for the POC positions. “This will allow our new paid-on-call team members to be trained at the newly developed Anoka County Fire Training Academy.” said Fire Chief John Piper.

“The academy focuses on specific training methods that all Anoka County fire departments use. This helps all firefighters, from various cities in the county, work together more effectively in cases where mutual aid is needed for large scale fires and emergencies.”

Individuals interested in becoming a firefighter are invited to attend an information session Monday, May 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Coon Rapids Fire Station 1, 1460 Egret Blvd.

A POC firefighter must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent and is required to move within and continue to maintain, residency within the 10-minute response zone.

The response zone is based on a 10-minute drive from each fire station.

POC firefighter candidates cannot be an employee of the city of Coon Rapids or be an active member of any other fire department.

Interested candidates must pass a written test, physical agility test and participate in a Civil Service Commission interview.

Candidates can download a city application online at www.coonrapidsmn.gov, call 763-767-6447 to have an application sent or pick up the application at the Coon Rapids City Center during business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

A resume will also be accepted with a city application, but not in place of the application. The application deadline is May 18 by 4:30 p.m.

According to Piper, paid-on-call (POC) firefighters are a vital part of the Coon Rapids Fire Department’s team.

The department is made up of 32 career and 20 POC firefighters.

POC firefighters are called in as additional help is needed when there are large fires or other emergency calls, Piper said.

POC members can expect to devote an average of 10 to 15 hours per month to training and response calls, he said.

“In addition, members can participate in community service opportunities including the Fourth of July celebration at Sand Creek Park, Night to Unite and fire department open house events,” Piper said.

“POC firefighters are eligible to apply for career firefighting opportunities after two years of service with the fire department.

For more information log onto www.coonrapidsmn.gov or contact Assistant Chief Bret Gageby at 763-767-6477 or e-mail BGageby@coonrapidsmn.gov.

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