Joining the Fire Department

Paid On-Call Firefighting is a rewarding and valuable way to serve your community. It takes dedication and many hours of training and education, but if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there is a place in our department for you.

Interested candidates can fill out an application and mail it to City Hall or email it to Chief Hendrickson at


To join the fire department, candidates must:
  • be 18 years or older
  • have a high school diploma
  • be able to pass a criminal background check
  • live within 10 minutes of a Dayton fire station, per Google maps.
    • It is not required that candidates live within the boundaries of Dayton
  • have a valid Minnesota driver’s license
  • pass a physical agility test (PAT)  NEXT PAT TESTING DATE: July 28, 2022

DFD Hiring Process

In addition to the general requirements, there are several steps in the DFD hiring process.  Please note that the full process can take up to 2 months.  If there are no positions open at the time of your inquiry, your application will be saved and you will be contacted when a position comes available.

  • Submit an Application. This can be sent to City Hall or emailed to Chief Hendrickson at
  • Attend a Physical Ability Test session – NEXT PAT TESTING DATE: July 28, 2022
  • Interview with a panel of up to 6 officers
  • BCA criminal background and driving record check
  • Full physical, including drug test
  • One on one meeting (Spouses and/or Significant Others invited) with the Department Chief


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment?

  1. Members must maintain a minimum call response quota of 25% in each calendar year.
    1. Percentages are monitored on a quarterly basis and discussed during performance evaluations with the Department Chief.
  2. Members must attend a minimum of 24 hours of hands-on training each year to maintain firefighter certifications.
    1. Weekly trainings:
      • First Thursday – station maintenance and truck checks
      • Second Thursday – hands-on training (HOT)
      • Third Thursday – general meeting and classroom training
    2. Additional training dates are scheduled as needed throughout the year
  3. Members are encouraged to participate in DFD sponsored events throughout the year such as the open house, parades, fundraisers, public education events, highway clean-up, sport tournaments etc.

What is the compensation?

  1. Calls responded to are compensated at an hourly rate.
  2. Trainings are compensated at an hourly rate.
  3. Required certification & training fees are paid by the DFD.
  4. Hours spent in training for required certifications are compensated at an hourly rate upon successful completion of the State of Minnesota Certification Exams. 
  5. New employees are enrolled in the DFD pension plan immediately upon hire.  However, members are not vested until year five, and fully vested after twenty years.
  6. DFD will pay for extra schooling/classes at the Chief’s discretion and with prior approval.

How am I trained? (See video link below)

  1. New employees will sustain a 12-18 month probationary period during which:
    1. Trainees are expected to respond to calls, familiarize with equipment, attend weekly trainings and attend school for the following certificates:
      • Firefighter I with Haz-Mat Operations – 120 hour class (Video below)
      • Firefighter II – 40 hour class (Video below)
      • EMR or EMT – Trainees decide which medical certification to pursue. EMR certification is a 44 hour, basic first responder course. EMT certification is a 120 hour, college level course with an in-depth look at medical emergencies and response.

Do I have to know how to drive a fire truck?

  1. New employees are trained in vehicles operation and, initially, only operate DFD vehicles under the supervision of a Senior Firefighter.  

Fire Academy – Video