Fire Department Recruitment

Young woman in the community holding fire hose and spraying water during the Fire Fighter for a Day event.

Thank you for showing your interest in desiring to become a part of the Grand Rapids Fire Department Team! Unfortunately, we are not currently accepting applications for employment.

We will likely be hiring firefighters this fall. The candidates this fall will be selected from the eligible list that is currently in effect. If we move forward in that manner, those candidates whom are eligible will be notified when the time comes.

The next time we anticipate testing for the position of firefighter will likely be the spring or summer of 2019. If we do, and how many, will be determined by current employee retirements and departures. The best way to monitor this is to keep an eye on the City of Grand Rapids Human Resources Department.

Job Postings

We encourage you to check this website at least once a month.

In the meantime, take a look at the qualifications, process, and requirements on this page. That way you'll be ready to go and well prepared when we start our hiring process!

Again, we thank you for taking an interest in working for the Grand Rapids Fire Department!

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 new firefighter recruits, they go through our training academy.

Once we hire new recruits, they attend the Fire Academy at our Training Center. We limit our classes to 20 students so we can give the individual attention needed. New firefighters learn hands-on skills to save lives and stay safe.

At the end of the academy, recruits take the Michigan Firefighters Training Council Exam at the end of training. When they complete the program successfully, they receive certificates for:

  • MFFTC/OFFT Fire Fighter I & II
  • Haz-Mat Awareness
  • Haz-Mat Operations
  • Licensed State of Michigan Medical First Responder