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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Fire Department Minimum Requirements Residency Requirements Restriction on Tobacco Use
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 12 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-Basic and be 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.
Live within a 20-minute response time of city limits within six months of hire.​ Yes
Eau Claire
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • Nationally Registered or State of Wisconsin EMT-Paramedic licensure or actively enrolled in a paramedic class/program.
  • Must be Nationally Registered or State of WI paramedic licensed at time of hire.
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter I or equivalent
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter II within one year after hire date.
 No residency requirement.​ Yes
Holmen
  • U.S. Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED/HSED
  • State of Wisconsin Firefighter II or equivalent
  • National Registered or State of WI EMR basic licensure (EMT preferred)
  • Hazmat Operations level certification
  • Minimum of at least 15 semester hours of college credit through an accredited college program
Holmen FD does not have a residency requirement however candidates which live closer to the station and/or plan on relocating close to the stations are preferred. 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
  • State of WI Firefighter II Certified
  •  Associates Degree in Fire Protection or related field
  • State of WI or Nationally Registered EMT-Basic and enrolled in Paramedic class/program at the time of application
  • Must me State of WI or Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic at time of hire
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 12 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 Operations with ability to obtain 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
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
  • High School Diploma or GED-HSED
  • 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 eligible for same. (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
Wisconsin Rapids
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • At least 18 years of age at time of hire
  • A valid CPAT certificate at time of hire
  • Possess a Valid Driver’s License
  • State of WI or Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic at time of hire.
  • Associate Degree in Fire Protection/Fire Science/Paramedicine -OR-  Minimum of 60 college-level credits in related field.
  • Hazmat Technician
  • Firefighter I & II certified (WTCS Board or IFSAC Accredited)
  • Must be of good character and willing to be verified by a pre-appointment investigation
  • Any certifications or licenses referred to in the above subsections must be current at the time of application
Reside within 15 miles of the boundaries of the City of Wisconsin Rapids within one year from the date of hire. Yes