Minimum Department Requirements

​Each fire department has different requirements for employment.

Candidates are only to apply to those Fire Departments which they meet, or plan to meet, the minimum requirements by April of 2016.  Please do not apply to a department if you do not plan on meeting all of their minimum requirements within this time frame. 

 

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Antigo
  • at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter I or equivalent.
  • Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic (or able to obtain within 15 months).
Live fifteen air miles from the city limits within six months of hire.​
Yes
Ashland
  • at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter I or equivalent.
  • Nationally Registered EMT-Basic.
Employees covered under the terms of this agreement shall be required to reside within a fifteen (15) mile radius of the city limits.
Yes
Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services
  • at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter II or equivalent.
  • Nationally Registered or State of Wisconsin licensed EMT-Paramedic (or able to obtain within 15 months).
Live within a 20-minute response time of city limits within six months of hire.​
Yes
Chippewa Fire District
  • at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter I or equivalent.
  • Nationally Registered or State of Wisconsin licensed EMT-Paramedic (or able to obtain within 15 months).
Live within Chippewa Falls School District or Chippewa Fire District.​
Yes
Eau Claire
  • 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • Nationally Registered or State of Wisconsin EMT-Paramedic licensure (or able to obtain by December 31st of this year).
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter I or equivalent
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter (II or equivalent) -OR- able obtain within one year after hire date.

 

No residency requirement.​
Yes
La Crosse
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • Nationally Registered or State of Wisconsin EMT-Basic licensure (Paramedic Preferred)
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter II or equivalent.
  • Associate Degree in Fire Science or related field; or equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.
La Crosse Fire Department has no residency requirement.
Yes
Marshfield
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • The combination of:  EMT-Basic, Firefighter II, and Associates Degree in Fire Protection or related field
  •        -OR-
  • The combination of:                  EMT-Paramedic, Firefighter II, and Associates Degree in Fire Protection or related field
Marshfield Fire Department requires employees to live within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the local governmental unit and must establish residence within the specified area within 60 days after completion of the probationary period.
Yes
Menomonie
  • at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • Nationally Registered or State of Wisconsin EMT-Paramedic (or able to obtain within 15 months).
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter II or equivalent.
Must live within 15 minutes of Fire Station One within the first year.​
Yes
Onalaska
  • at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter II.
  • State of Wisconsin licensed EMT-Basic.
  • Hazardous Materials Technician.
The City of Onalaska residency requirement reads: All fire personnel must reside within 15 miles of the City of Onalaska’s jurisdictional boundaries.
Yes
Red Wing
  • at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • Firefighter II Certification (IFSAC Accredited, if not a Minnesota certificate).
  • Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic (or able to obtain within 15 months).
  • Commercial Driver’s License (Class B) must be submitted with application or received within six months of hire.

 

Domiciled within 20 minutes of primary work station, within six months of hire.
Yes
Rhinelander
  • at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter II or equivalent.
  • Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic.
The Rhinelander Fire Department requires employees to live within fifteen miles and 20 minutes from the Fire Station within 30 days of hire.
Yes
Stevens Point
  • at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Associate degree -OR- minimum of 60 college-level credits (Fire Protection, Fire Science, Paramedic, or related field preferred.)
  • Nationally Registered and State of Wisconsin licensed EMT-Paramedic (or able to obtain within 15 months). Must have National Registry to receive offer of employment.
  • Firefighter II certification (WTCS Board or IFSAC Accredited).
  • Driver/Operator Pumper and Aerial certification preferred.
Must live in Portage County within six months of successful completion of probation.​
Yes
Wausau

• High school diploma or GED/HSED

• At least 18 years old

• Valid Driver’s License

• Nationally Registered and State of Wisconsin licensed EMT-Paramedic; must be Nationally Registered for offer of employment

• Associates degree (in Fire Science, Fire Protection, Paramedic, or related field preferred)                  -OR-                    50 college level credits in same

• Firefighter II certified (WTCS Board or IFSAC Accredited)

• Hazardous Materials Operations Certified

Must reside within sixty (60) mile radius from a specified point of the city within six months after completion of probationary period.
Yes
Wisconsin Rapids
  • ​U.S. Citizenship
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a valid CPAT certificate at time of hire (no older than 1 year at time of application)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • State of WI or Nationally Registered EMT-Basic and enrolled in an EMT-Paramedic class at the time of application
  • Must be State of WI or Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic at time of hire
  • Associate Degree in Fire/EMS discipline or equivalent (30 credit hours in a related field and two years’ experience as a firefighter and/or EMT)
  • must be of good character and willing to be verified by a pre-appointment investigation
  • must be able to distinguish color
The city of Wisconsin Rapids requires by City Ordinance 3.08, law enforcement, fire, and emergency personnel shall be required to reside within 15 miles of the boundaries of the City of Wisconsin Rapids within 12 months of their date of hire.
Yes