Updated: 01/24/2013 6:27 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
It's the start of the hiring process for Minneapolis firefighters. The department is taking new applications for the first time in six years.
Anyone can pick one up and the fire department will start combing through those applications starting next Friday.
KSTP stopped by Fire Station 7 along East Franklin Ave. Thursday afternoon and we noticed a sign on the door that said they're out of applications. We also found a few applicants showing up, they were eventually able to get their applications, and station 7 got another stack Thursday afternoon.
The need for new firefighters is growing. Right now the average age of a firefighter in Minneapolis is 46. In 2013 alone 11-percent of the department is eligible for retirement. So now there's a new push to get new blood into the mix.
Clayton Burgett has wanted to be a firefighter for the past 12 years. "I've always wanted to do it, it's a career choice i've wanted, and now I have the opportunity, so I'm going to go for it," said Burgett.
Meanwhile, the Minneapolis Police Department is hoping to add jobs as well this year.
They got an additional $2.5 million as part of the latest city budget, which totals more than $1 billion.
The goal is to put 10 more officers on the force by this summer.