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2016 Maple Grove Recruits Complete Fire Academy

Jun 21, 2016 11:41PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Maple Grove fire officers, City Administrator Heidi Nelson, and new 2016 Maple Grove apprentice firefighters. (Photo provided by Maple Grove Fire Department)

The 2016 class at West Suburban Fire Academy recently finished their initial firefighter training, including five new Maple Grove Firefighters. 

To finish the fire academy, the group had to complete 20 weeks of classes and multiple training sessions each week. 

Maple Grove, as well as Plymouth, Golden Valley and the West Metro Fire Rescue District, are the primary West Suburban Fire Academy sponsors. 

“This approach allows us to take advantage of the best instructors from each department," Maple Grove Deputy Fire Chief Tim Bush said. "New students can take advantage of the experience of their instructors and the instructors can pass along things they have learned during their careers.”

The Maple Grove Fire Department is accepting applications through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 for the next group of Maple Grove Firefighters. The majority of Maple Grove’s approximately 100 firefighters have full-time jobs and serve their community as part-time firefighters, according to the Maple Grove Fire Department. 

 “We need people interested in serving as firefighters," Bush said. "You don’t need experience or previous firefighter training in order to join. As long as you live within Maple Grove or very close to one of our fire stations, we’ll provide you with the firefighter and emergency medical training after you’re hired.”

Hired, apprentice firefighters attend classroom sessions, participating in hands-on activities that meet nationally recognized firefighter training standards, and complete firefighter certification testing administered by the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board. 

The Maple Grove Fire Department has openings for both day and night available responders, one of the biggest challenges is finding people that are available during the day time. 

“We need to find the people that are home during the daytime and can respond quickly if we have an emergency in the city," Maple Grove Fire Chief Scott Anderson said. "We’ll train you and we’ll challenge you and we’ll keep it fun.” 

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