The hiring process for new firefighter recruits is comprehensive and takes several months to complete. Applicants are screened and interviewed and references are checked.
Applicants then complete a Fitness for Duty assessment that is administered by a third party service provider, participate in the full interview process and complete a background investigation. Once conditional offers are extended, successful candidates undergo pre-employment examinations including medical and drug screenings. Recruits who pass pre-employment examinations then begin orientation and training after presentation to and acceptance by the City Council.
Compensation & Benefits
The Mendota Heights Fire Department is a paid-on-call department. Firefighters are paid an hourly rate based upon level of training achieved. They are paid this hourly rate for all call responses, training and clean up events.
Pension: Pension plan contribution eligibility begins at date of hire, with partial vesting at ten years of service. Full vesting occurs at 20 years of service.
All training provided at no cost
Uniforms and equipment provided
Opportunities to build life-long friendships within the fire service community