Become a Firefighter


The Chanhassen Fire Department is a combination fire department utilizing full time and part time, paid on-call (POC) firefighters to serve the residents and businesses within the City of Chanhassen. In addition, the department also responds to mutual aid requests to our neighboring departments, typically for larger incidents such as structure fires, grass fires and other emergency management events.

The department is currently staffed with 39 members who respond out of two fire stations and average about 1,100 calls per year. The usual recruitment cycle is in the winter of each year.

Learn more about our department - 2020 Annual Report


  • Candidates must be at least 18-years-old and have a high school diploma or GED
  • Attend a minimum of 20% of all paged general callouts within a six month period
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours of duty crew a month that includes (1) Overnight Shift from 10p -6a and (3) 4-hour shifts with a minimum of 1 shift on Saturday/Sunday.  Members are encouraged to work more hours to fill vacancies and gain experience in the fire service.
  • Attend mandatory training as assigned by the department. (Usually one Monday Evening a month)
  • Candidates must be able to complete courses for Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, and Hazmat Operations for certification (paid by department). 
  • Candidates must be able to complete EMR or EMT course for certification (paid by department).
  • Candidates are required to live within a 6 miles radius from Station 1 (7610 Laredo Drive)
  • Candidates will be required to successfully pass a pre-placement physical agility test, medical physical, and psychological assessment prior to working. 
  • If you receive a conditional offer, a fingerprint criminal background check will be conducted.

Desired Qualifications

  • Current Firefighter and EMS experience


Members receive pay for all callouts they respond to and all scheduled training drills. All members are enrolled in a retirement program managed by the Chanhassen Relief Association.

The department participates in many community activities and hosts various social events for the membership and their families.

Application Process

There is a significant time commitment involved for members, especially in the initial year of employment completing all the training requirements. Your family or spouse (if applicable) should be on board with your decision to join as this will affect them as well.

You will be contacted to attend an orientation meeting where you will receive additional information about the department and the job details. Those candidates that decide to stay in the process will be scheduled for a physical agility test and a formal interview.

Final selection of candidates for open firefighter positions will be made by the Fire Chief at the recommendation of the interviewing committee. The candidates will then receive a conditional offer and will need to complete and pass a background check, medical examination and psychological assessment. Tentative Academy dates run from March-December 2022, two evenings a week plus some weekends.