Employment Opportunities

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

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In 2021 we were called to 21,485 calls for service, 75% 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.

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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.

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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

Applications will open April 3, 2023 and will close May 15, 2023.

To sign up for notifications: Go to www.rcgov.org and click on jobs in the upper right hand corner. From there you will click on Job Interest Notification. You will then select Fire & EMS, Subscribe, and finally enter your information to be notified when the job application is open. 

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Testing & Hiring Process for Firefighter EMT/Paramedic

Step 1: Fill out the online application for employment with City Human Resources. You DO NOT need to be an EMT to apply, but you must be able to obtain certification within your first year of hire. 

Step 2: Qualified candidates will be invited to test. After you fill out your application, you will receive further information about testing dates. 

Step 3: Tests will include:

  • Written test
  • Physical fitness test. This is scored by gender and age group. This consists of body composition, running or rowing, bench press, push-ups, plank, and sit & reach. Click below for a scoring sheet that applies to you. You must score a minimum of 50 points to pass. 

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       Males 60+

  • Interview

Step 4: A number of top candidates will be contacted and receive offers of employment and move on to a background check, psychological exam, and medical exam.

We will stay in touch with you through the hiring process. 

Testing & Hiring Process for EMS only, Paramedic and Advanced EMT

Step 1: Fill out the online application for employment with City Human Resources. You must show proof of certification.

Step 2: Qualified candidates will be invited to test. After you fill out your application, you will receive further information about testing dates. 

Step 3: Tests will include:

  • Skills test
  • Physical fitness test. This is scored by gender and age group. This consists of body composition, running or rowing, bench press, push-ups, plank, and sit & reach. Click below for a scoring sheet that applies to you. You must score a minimum of 40 points to pass. 

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       Males 60+

  • Interview

Step 4: A number of top candidates will be contacted and receive offers of employment and move on to a background check, psychological exam, and medical exam.

We will stay in touch with you through the hiring process. 

Wages & Benefits

Firefighter EMT:

  • Salary: $49,470.76
  • Shift: 24 hours on, 48 hours off

Firefighter Paramedic:

  • Salary: $51,944.29
  • Shift: 24 hours on, 48 hours off

EMS Only - Paramedic:

  • Salary: $54,541.51
  • Shift: 40 hours a week

EMS Only - Advanced EMT:

  • Salary: $51,937.60
  • Shift: 40 hours a week

All Positions:

Health insurance is provided for the employee at no cost and the City pays a portion of the premium for family coverage.

Sick leave

Paid leave 

Dental insurance

Life insurance

Vision insurance

Retirement plan provided thorugh the South Dakota Retirement System. The City matches a percentage of the employee's pre-tax wages. For more information click here.

Supplemental retirement plan available

Flexible spending plans for health and dependent care

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