What does it take to be a Red Wing fire fighter / paramedic?

Red Wing's firefighter/paramedics must be Firefighter II/Hazmat Operations certified (120 hours) and be Nationally Registered Paramedics (2,000 plus hours). 

Employees must possess and pass:

  • Criminal background check
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Pass a written entrance exam
  • Physical ability test
  • Possess a Minnesota Class D Driver's License
  • Psychological screening

In addition to the certifications and tests listed, a firefighter/paramedic should have the following personal attributes to thrive in this varied and challenging profession.

  • Be committed to the profession and constantly pursue the highest level of competency in skill and knowledge.
  • Be physically and mentally strong to deal with the rigors of emergency work.
  • Be able to adapt to constantly-changing methods, locations, conditions and situations.
  • Be diligent. Mixed with calls there are many hours of preparation and training, repeated regularly in a never-ending cycle of readiness.
  • Be respectful, courteous, kind and deserving of the high regard the community holds for Public Safety personnel.
  • Have the compassion and strong desire to care for persons suffering ailments or distress of every kind.

Finally, a firefighter/paramedic must have a sense of humor, be patient and get along well with others. Throughout a career, a firefighter/paramedic will spend more than one-third of his or her entire life working, eating and living in close quarters with their coworkers.

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1. How many full-time firefighter / paramedics are there and how many paid on call firefighters are there?
2. Many other communities, sizable to Red Wing, have a volunteer Fire Department. Why does Red Wing have a full-time one?
3. What is the difference between a firefighter and a paramedic?
4. What does it take to be a Red Wing fire fighter / paramedic?
5. How many people are on each shift and why are there that many?
6. How many calls does Red Wing respond to annually?
7. What do firefighters do when not responding to a call?
8. Why do the ambulance and fire truck respond to the same call?
9. Why does the ambulance stay on the scene of an accident or incident?
10. What does the Red Wing Fire Department do for fundraising?
11. Can I burn in Red Wing?