Duluth Fire Department seeks new recruits

DULUTH, Minn.– If you’ve ever considered becoming a firefighter but don’t know where to start. The Duluth Fire Department and Lake Superior College have partnered to make this goal a reality.

“So we usually test every year right now, so we will have another opportunity in December at Lake Superior College. So classes literally start next week, said City of Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj.

The Duluth Fire Department has felt the effects of the nationwide staffing shortage issue. And they are looking for good men and women to help fight with them to keep the community safe.

“People taking the tests have decreased. Interest has waned and it’s not just here in Duluth, it’s a statewide issue for professional and volunteer firefighters,” Shawn said.

Although the process of becoming a firefighter seems daunting. The City of Duluth Fire Chief wants to remind everyone. It’s not as bad as it sounds, as long as you have your heart set on it.

With the help of LSC, opportunities are available to everyone.

“So they got their degree program, which is a traditional associate degree, a two-year degree. And then they also have a course on land. So a kind of evening school program, nights and weekends. It’s only about two months,” the fire chief said.

For those who don’t want to go to college, they also have other options.

“You don’t have to have this two-year degree, but the training is more in-depth. You will have other certifications and then you can earn education points through our testing process,” Krizaj said.

They are looking for people who are passionate about the work and the community they serve.

“It can be dangerous, it can be scary, it can be difficult. It can be fun, it can be rewarding. You know it definitely has its pros and cons, and it’s not for everyone,” Shawn said.

To enroll in these courses offered by Lake Superior College, you can visit their website.