The City of Monroe is looking for volunteer/Paid-On-Call Firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders. Recruitment is an ongoing process based on current needs. The recruitment and selection process looks for individuals who meet the requirements listed below.

What We Do

  • Fire and EMS Response
  • Fire Inspections
  • Community Education Programs
  • Fire Prevention Activities

Paid-On-Call Firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders

Basic Requirements

  • Minimum of Eighteen Years of Age
  • High School Diploma / GED
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Pass a medical physical
  • Must attend a scheduled orientation


  • Currently Hiring Paid-On-Call positions
  • Starting Wage $14.63phr
  • $20,000 Term Life Insurance Policy
  • Select Paid Educational Opportunities
  • Extensive in-house training

Learn Life Skills

  • Time Management
  • Teaching/Coaching Opportunities
  • Public Speaking
  • Small Engine Maintenance
  • Event Planning and Management
  • Leadership Opportunities

What We Are Looking For…

Qualities Desirable in a Firefighter/EMR

  • ability to complete a rigorous academic and physical training program
  • motivation to serve
  • effective communication skills
  • physical, mental, and emotional health
  • ability to exercise sound judgment
  • strong sense of responsibility
  • compassion (even when stressed)
  • ability to work as a team member
  • tolerance
  • honesty and integrity
  • problem-solving skills
  • strong work ethic

What You Can Expect…

 Working Conditions

A firefighter/EMR must perform physically demanding work, requiring judgment, under adverse working conditions.

  • Work in extreme temperatures both day and night, in rain, snow, and ice.
  • Exposure to fumes, gases, noxious odors, dust, and poor ventilation.
  • Work in closely confined spaces.
  • Work around potential hazards: fire, explosives, chemicals, electrical shock, structural hazards, fast-moving vehicles, etc.
  • Intense exposure to water and/other liquids.
  • Exposure to blood, serious injuries, and death.
  • Exposure to a wide range of highly emotional and traumatic events.
  • Exposure to noise and vibration from tools, equipment, machinery, etc.
  • Work at heights (e.g., on ladders, roof tops, etc).
  • Work within restrictions of personal safety equipment (e.g., breathing apparatus, steel-tip boots, hearing and eye protection, firefighting turn-out clothing, and hazardous materials gear).

Physical Demands & Working Conditions

While not an all-inclusive list, the following examples are meant to illustrate some of the extreme physical demands and working conditions inherent in the role of a firefighter/EMR. The physical demands of a firefighter/EMR are characterized by strength, endurance, coordination, agility, and dexterity.

Physical Demands

  • Pick up and advance charged fire hoses.
  • Force entry with axe/battering ram.
  • Rescue/extricate victim(s).
  • Perform CPR; apply bandages.
  • Climb stairs with equipment weighing approximately 50 pounds.
  • Strip and vent roofs, breach walls, overhaul burned buildings.
  • Lift and climb/descend ladders (with victims).
  • Visually determine fire status/hazards; assess patient conditions.
  • Hear calls for help; identify fire noise, etc.
  • Walk on roof tops under adverse conditions.
  • Operate power tools and extrication equipment, and tie knots.
  • Stoop, crawl, crouch, and kneel in confined spaces.
  • Reach, twist, balance, grapple, bend, and lift under emergency conditions.
  • Run, dodge, jump, and maneuver with equipment.
  • All of the above may be performed wearing heavy and restrictive protective clothing/gear.

How to Prepare

You can prepare by:

  • Taking fire and/or EMS classes at a local technical school
  • Improving your fitness
  • Volunteering
  • Getting involved in your community

Frequently Asked Questions

What schooling and certifications, besides a high school diploma, do I need to be considered for the job of Firefighter/EMR?

The Department does not require a degree or certifications to be considered for Firefighter/EMR, and no prior fire/EMR experience is necessary to apply. All individuals who are hired will be required to attend classes and programs which are designed to teach new firefighter/EMRs the necessary skills needed for the job.

How many hours a week does it take to be a firefighter/EMR?
Members frequently spend 12-15 hours a week attending classes and/or studying during their first 6-8 months. Once their initial training is completed, the weekly average is often reduced to 7-9 hours per week depending on availability and call volume.
Do I have to pay for my training or uniform?

No, All safety related equipment and department uniforms are provided at no cost to the members. Tuition and books for the Firefighter 1 class are paid for by the department as well as wages while attending training and while working at incidents or public education events.

I have previous experience as a firefighter/EMR and have many or all fire-related certificates. Do I still have to go through the entire Fire Academy?
Yes, and No. New members that have obtained the State of Wisconsin Firefighter 1 certification do not need to attend formal classes, but will participate in an internal recruit training program. The time commitment for those with the Wisconsin Firefighter 1 certification is significantly less than those who do not have any previous experience.
Would someone with certain pre-existing medical conditions still be considered as an applicant to the Monroe Fire Department?

Yes. We encourage anybody interested in applying to the Department to do so. The final component of the application process is a medical evaluation by our occupational medical provider, SSM Health. The medical providers will make a determination about an applicant’s ability to fulfill the duties of the job based on standards set forth in NFPA 1582 .


Contact: Al Rufer, Interim Fire Chief

Volunteer@monroefiredept.com   |  608-329-2575


Contact: Al Rufer,
Interim Fire Chief