Brooklyn Park Aims To End Firefighter Shortage With New Cadet Academy

  • Source: WCCO-TV CBS 4
  • Published: 01/10/2020 06:14 PM

Brooklyn Park is looking for new firefighters. The city is recruiting women and men to apply for the upcoming cadet academy. “[It is] part of an initiative to staff our East Fire Station and to deploy an additional engine company in the city of Brooklyn Park,” Fire Chief John Cunningham said. He says the city is changing the way it recruits. Typically, the city hires firefighters from neighboring departments with experience. “What we’re doing this year is standing up our own EMS and fire academy so people don’t need any prior training or work experience to enter the Brooklyn Park Fire Department. We will provide all the training and education you need, including emergency medical technician training, Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2,” Cunningham said. The process will be competitive, but Brooklyn Park residents will get preference points for the full-time firefighter cadet academy.



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