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 and pass:
- Criminal background check
- High School Diploma or GED
- Pass a written entrance exam
- Physical ability test
- Possess a Minnesota Class D Driver's License
- Psychological screening
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.
- Be committed to the profession and constantly pursue the highest level of competency in skill and knowledge.
- Be physically and mentally strong to deal with the rigors of emergency work.
- Be able to adapt to constantly-changing methods, locations, conditions and situations.
- Be diligent. Mixed with calls there are many hours of preparation and training, repeated regularly in a never-ending cycle of readiness.
- Be respectful, courteous, kind and deserving of the high regard the community holds for Public Safety personnel.
- Have the compassion and strong desire to care for persons suffering ailments or distress of every kind.
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.