City of Red Wing

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 a High School Diploma or GED, possess a Minnesota Class D Driver’s License, pass a written entrance exam, physical ability test, psychological screening and criminal background check. 

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.  

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