Fire Department Recruitment



Thank you for showing your interest in desiring to become a part of the Grand Rapids Fire Department Team! For more information, please visit


We have few set requirements for becoming a firefighter but they are important.

Firefighter Requirements

  • At least 18 years old
  • Capable of performing the job functions
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Able to work in all environments
  • At least 20/30 corrected vision or 20/100 for uncorrected
  • Able to move and manipulate objects
  • Communication skills
  • No felony convictions

Firefighters need to be in good shape. That's why all recruits have to pass an agility test before getting hired. The agility test takes place shortly after the required written exam.

We want you to know what it takes to pass this test. Visit Join GR Fire to learn more. 

Agility Test - Join GR Fire 

We offer great benefits to our employees, including:

  • Paid Sick Leave/Vacation
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Extra Pay for College Incentive
  • Pension Plan
  • Continuing Career Training and Education
  • Attractive Work Schedule

After we hire our recruits, they go through our training academy. This is a six-month course of instruction in the classroom and hands-on environments, designed to give new firefighters the knowledge and hands-on skills to save lives and stay safe.


Upon successful completion of the Academy, recruits will have the following certifications:

  • Michigan Firefighter Training Council Firefighter I & II

  • Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations

  • Licensed as a State of Michigan Basic Emergency Medical Technician