Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the Rapid City Fire Department.

In 2020 we were called to more than 19,000 incidents, over 70% of which were medical in nature. As this number continues to grow, so too does the need for public education and community involvement. Our Fire Department has the following values: Reliability, Service, Professionalism, Pride, Integrity, and Loyalty - please be thinking about what those values mean to you for your interview.

As the largest fire department in our area, we have the unique opportunity to participate as 'All Risk.' This includes fire protection for our citizens, National Wildland fire, Heavy and Light rescue, Water Rescue, Hazardous Materials (HazMat), and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) at our airport.

Our employees are committed to delivering the highest level of community service and believe that creating a safe community adds to the overall quality of life for our citizens and visitors. The Fire Department focuses on preparing and preventing hazards to the citizens through community risk reduction, public information, and code enforcement programs as well as internal development and continuing education.


Employment Opportunities

The Rapid City Fire Department is accepting applications for Firefighter EMT Recruit through May 21st, 2021. The written test will be a remote online test and will take place on June 4th, 2021. Physical standard testing will take place after that, with a date that is yet to be determined. Tentative start date will be in the Fall of 2021. 

Job Type: Full Time

Salray: $48,209.36 annually, higher salary is available for paramedics with a South Dakota license

Physical Standards

Below are links to the physical standards testing forms for your respective age and gender

Female 18-20  Female 20-29  Female 30-39  Female 40-49  Female 50-59  Female 60+

Male 18-20       Male 20-29      Male 30-39      Male 40-49       Male 50-59      Male 60+

About us

The dedicated professionals of the Rapid City Fire Department are committed to providing excellence in professional emergency services.  We serve a diverse population of approximately 75,000 permanent citizens, surrounding communities, and the thousands of tourists who visit western South Dakota.  Nestled among the pines of South Dakota's beautiful Black Hills, the Rapid City Fire Department employees train and work to provide the best emergency services available.  We strive to meet every challenge with professionalism, integrity, and accountability and will set the standard for others in our field.  We provide competent and compassionate care to those in need.

The City of Rapid City offers fantastic benefits including employer-paid health insurance premiums, 8% employer-matching retirement, life insurance benefits, short-term disability and generous vacation and sick leave time off.  Starting level and wage depends on qualifications and experience.    

For a detailed benefits summary, click here.

We are a member of the South Dakota Retirement System. For more information, click here


This position is part of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1040 Union.

Position Details

As Rapid City continues to grow and establish itself as a vibrant Midwest community, the fire department will likely become busier and continue to establish itself as a regional resource for public safety.  Our approach to the growth is to be a proactive organization focused on efforts that prevent the loss of life, property, and damage to the environment.  We maintain this proactive approach through strategically planning for the future, having a shared vision or road map among our employees, and are committed to making Rapid City a safe place for people to live, work, and play.  This position provides a flexible work schedule - 24 hours on duty/48 hours off duty (56 hour work week).  
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  With knowledge of the theoretical basis for techniques used in firefighting, medical care, and other emergency response and non-emergency activities.
  • Reads and interprets street maps, equipment diagrams: signs, symbols, placards, and labels for hazardous material.
  • Participates in structural, wildland, aircraft, and other types of fire attack by constructing fire line around wildland fires, connecting hydrant supply line, advancing and maneuvering fire hose and nozzle to extinguish fires, hoisting equipment using rope and selecting and tying knots in rope, carrying, positioning, and raising ground ladder, choosing and operating portable fire extinguishers; operating hand and power tools; and, other related activities.
  • Performs fire and rescue operations to include carrying a victim, climbing ladders in excess of 100 feet in height while carrying tools, equipment, or victim.
  • Performs patient assessment, basic life support medical care, simple airway management, and mouth to mask, or bag valve mask ventilation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automatic external defibrillation, splint fractures, and control of external bleeding.
  • Provides treatment and transportation of the sick or injured by ambulance to and from incident scenes and medical facilities
  • Wears, uses, and maintains protective clothing to include self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Operates two-way radio; and operates cars, light vehicles, brush trucks, large fire apparatus and water tenders.
  • Performs routine maintenance of station, equipment, vehicles, and grounds.
  • Provides public emergency education

Additional Information

To be eligible to apply, candidates must possess the following minimum requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • At least 19 years of age by hire date.
  • A citizen of the United States (or declare intentions to become naturalized as required by the provisions of South Dakota Codified Law 314).
  • Must possess a valid driver's license or ability to obtain within 30 days from date of hire.

Must be able to obtain a SD Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B) certificate within designated probationary period.

Click here to apply. 



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