Fire Department Recruitment



Thank you for showing your interest in desiring to become a part of the Grand Rapids Fire Department Team! We are currently accepting applications through February 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Below is a tentative schedule outlining the process:


Candidates must pass each step to continue on in the process.

Written Examination
The Written Examination will be offered on several dates, the first week of March 2019. Qualified applicants will receive an email with written exam details and instructions to register by February 15, 2019.

Oral Exam - Week of March 25, 2019

Physical Agility Exam - May 2019

Interview - May/June 2019

Employment Offer - July 2019

Start Date - August 2019

All communication regarding this position will be done via email. 

If you are submitting an application that was used for job openings in the past, please make sure your information is current before submitting for this or other opportunities.

Click the “Apply Now” Button below to reach the application page!

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Start to prepare now! Take a look at the qualifications, process, and requirements on this page.

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. That's why we include a couple videos of candidates who passed the test.

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 new recruits, they ago through our training academy. This is an approximately 3-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