Fire Department Recruitment

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


Our next round of recruitment will take place in the Fall of 2018. We want to reflect the community we serve. So we encourage everyone interested to consider applying to be a fire fighter. Check out the resources we have available below.

Next Recruitment

You can check the City job postings to find out if we're currently hiring new firefighters.

If you don't see a listing for firefighters, we aren't currently hiring. We encourage you to check postings at least once a month.

See City Job Postings

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