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Keep Up With the CFD on Facebook!

The Centennial Fire District sponsors or participates in many community events, and now you can keep up with us on Facebook! You will also learn about our education offerings (from public CPR training to professional EMT certification), see recruitment announcements, and more. Simply click here or click the menu link (left) to open our Facebook page (you do not have to be a member of Facebook).

 

Firefighter/EMTS Wanted

We have immediate openings for the position of firefighter/EMT. This is a paid "on-call" position offered only to local residents who are able to quickly respond to a fire station within our service area of Lino Lakes, Circle Pines, and Centerville. All training and equipment provided. The current pay rate ranges from $9-$10.50 per hour plus $4000 per year into a retirement plan.

We are looking for positive people who can make a long-term commitment to serve our communities. This position will require from you an average of 25 hours per month at any given hour.

All candidates will have to complete an application form in order to be considered for the position, and will be subjected to a criminal background review prior to appointment. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. Applications are in the foyer of our administrative office at Station2 (7741 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes). Go to our Become a Member page for more info.

If you want to become part of a progressive team who works to provide quality service to the community, this is the place!


Public Education

The Centennial Fire District offers courses for professional certification. Students will receive the State and/
or national certificates upon completion.

Customized schedules can be arranged for large groups.

Please click here to learn more about our professional certification course offerings.


Who We Are


2008 Firefighter of the Year Darren Eckart pulls CFD's
Zodiac during a water rescue drill.

 

The Centennial Fire District (CFD) serves the communities of Lino Lakes, Circle Pines and Centerville. The district is located just north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Interstate 35W and 35E run through our district.

When you call 911, the Anoka County Central Communications office dispatches police, fire, and ambulance units by radio and pager. Centennial firefighters leave their homes for their fire stations and then drive fire or rescue trucks to the scene. For medical emergencies, Centennial firefighters provide first response care and then assist paramedics, who then transport patients to the hospital by ambulance, if necessary.

A paid-on-call volunteer department costs our community very little compared to staffing our stations with full-time, career firefighters. The Centennial Fire District's funding comes from property taxes paid in Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, and Centerville. A state rebate for fire insurance premiums helps pay for firefighter pensions.

On average, the CFD responds to 1,100 alarms each year. These include first aid or rescue, reports of fire, gas leaks, carbon monoxide alarms, and various other emergencies.


People

The CFD has an administrative staff that consists of a career Fire Chief, Fire Technician II (primarily responsible for inspections) and Fire Technicain I. These three people coordinate and perform daily activities within the district and file all required reports with government agencies. Our fire officers are selected through an interview process and receive a monthly salary for their additional duties. All firefighters are paid an hourly wage for each call to which they respond.


Firefighter Tara Bauer

 
History

The Centennial Fire District was formed in 1985 with a joint powers agreement between the cities of Centerville, Circle Pines and Lino Lakes. The existing fire departments from Circle Pines and Centerville were combined into the fire district as a starting point.

Prior to 1985, the area was covered by three fire departments: the Centerville Fire Department, which covered Centerville and the eastern portion of Lino Lakes; the Circle Pines Fire Department, which covered Circle Pines; and the Lexington Fire Department, which covered the western portion of Lino Lakes.

The existing stations in Centerville and Circle Pines were used as Centennial stations, and in 1987, a Lino Lakes station was opened in an existing structure.

In 1990, the cities started upgrading equipment and facilities. A new Lino Lakes fire station was built in 1991, a Centerville fire station/city hall was built in 1992 and a new Circle Pines fire station was built in 1999.

The equipment was also upgraded and took place as follows:

1990 Two new rescue units replace three existing units.
1992 Two new tankers replaced 1956, 1962 and 1969 units.
(The chassis for these tankers were purchased with donations.)
1993 Two new light rescues were received.
(One of the light rescues was purchased with donations.)
1994 Three new grass units replaced 1953, 1954 and 1974 units.
1996 A new pumper replaced a 1975 unit.
1997 A new light rescue unit replaced a 1990 heavier unit.
2000 A new pumper with a ladder replaced a 1976 pumper.
A new six wheel ATV replaced a 1965 tracked unit.
2001 A pumper replaced a 1983 pumper.

In addition to the vehicles list above, the Fire District has purchased 12 Defibrillators with donated funds and 4 Thermal Imaging cameras, also with donated funds.

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