The Hiring Process

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.

Other Benefits:

  • Serving others
  • All training provided at no cost
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • Opportunities to build life-long friendships within the fire service community

 If you have interest in becoming a firefighter, please email