Become a Firefighter

When people call 911 they don’t want just anybody, they want the best. The Delano Fire Department looks for dedicated passionate people to become part of our team that responds 24/7 to natural and manmade emergencies.  Being a part of our team requires a large commitment and is very rewarding. To be successful, applicants need the support of their family, friends, and significant other as this commitment will affect them as well. Our team does have minimum requirements for our members but good applicants are ones that will exceed these requirements and want to do more. The Delano Fire Department has a mission/vision statement along with a firefighter’s code of ethics to follow.  

Delano Fire Department is a paid on-call department. On top of this the Delano Fire Relief Association following state laws is able to provide pension to our members.

Delano’s service area covers around 74 square miles and will also assist neighboring departments when requested. Our department responds out of a single station, averaging 500+ emergency calls per year.  

Applications for becoming a Delano Firefighter can be submitted at any time. Once submitted the staff will process the application following their guidelines which reflect current roster status.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and under 65.
  • Applicants must have a High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Applicants must pass a BCA background check, pre-employment physical, and pre-employment drug and alcohol test.
  • Applicants must have a valid Minnesota Driver’s License.
  • Members must live and/or work in the Delano area and be able to respond to emergencies within 12 minutes.
  • Members must respond to a minimum of 30% of all paged emergencies and make a minimum of 65% on your 4 assigned months of night medicals (10pm to 6am).

Probationary Firefighter:

When an applicant becomes part of the team, they will be appointed as a probationary firefighter for 18 months. During this time, you will need to meet all firefighter requirements and successfully complete the following:

  • State certification for Firefighter I and II.
  • State certification for Emergency Medical Responder.
  • Class B Commercial Driver’s License with tanker endorsement.


You made it! Once a probationary firefighter becomes a firefighter the commitment has to continue. Annually you will be required to complete enough training hours to maintain your state certifications, respond to as many calls as possible, help at department events, and appropriately represent the department in public. Firefighters are also encouraged to advance themselves with other outside training and certifications to further benefit the department.


If interested please fill out the application and either drop it off at city hall or email Delano Fire Chief, Bob Van Lith. For more information, please call (763) 972-0581.

Follow the links below to print out the applications: