Become a Firefighter


The Chanhassen Fire Department is a paid on-call department serving 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 weather-related events.

The department is currently staffed with 43 members who respond out of two fire stations and average about 950 calls per year. The usual recruitment cycle is in the winter of each year.


  • Attend a minimum of 20% general alarm calls
  • Attend scheduled training drills
  • Duty Crew evening, weekend and overnight shift minimums
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old
  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • Complete Fire-Fighter I, Fire-Fighter II, and Haz Mat (paid by department)
  • Complete EMR/EMT (paid by department)
  • Be a Chanhassen Resident or live within 10 minutes from a Chanhassen Fire Station
  • Pass an annual physical assessment
  • Pass a background check and psychological assessment


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.