The Minneapolis Fire Department is poised to start adding new firefighters to its ranks for the first time in several years.
The department said it is ready for thousands to seek jobs when it takes firefighter applications next month for the first time since 2006. That year, the city received about 1,800 applications from prospective firefighters.
Fire officials said they are accepting applications at this time in anticipation of retirements among many longtime firefighters in the coming years. In particular, the department added, one of its goals is to create a diverse pool of possible new hires.
More details about the application process will be addressed late Monday morning during a news conference held by Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council Member Don Samuels and Fire Department officials at the Fire Station on E. 15th Street near the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482