Becoming a Firefighter

Like many Minnesota fire departments, the Lakeville Fire Department is comprised of paid on-call firefighters. Each firefighter, after being accepted, must complete extensive training before becoming a full member.

2018 Recruitment Timeline


  1. Informational meeting: Thursday, May 17, 7-8 p.m. at Fire Station 1.
  2. Written test (30 minutes): Tuesday, June 12, 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. at Fire Station 1.
  3. Physical agility test: Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.-noon at Fire Station 1 - practice walk-through and physical agility test (wear comfortable clothing). If you pass, the next process will be an interview.
  4. Interviews (30 minutes): Mid-July (after Pan-O-Prog), date TBD.
  5. Background checks processed: TBD
  6. Medical assessments: Monday, July 23 starting at 7:30 a.m.
  7. Appointment: Effective Tuesday, August 14 (contingent upon successful completion of a medical assessment and background check).
  8. Orientation: August 16, 23 & 30 (tentative).
All dates and times are subject to change. You must complete an online application on our Human Resources page.

Probationary Period


Candidates who meet the requirements in the document below are taken on as probationary firefighters. During the 2-year probationary period, firefighters undergo a regimen of training and testing before becoming a full member.