Grand Rapids Fire Department Accepting Job Applications

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Fire Department is currently accepting job applications for the position of Firefighter until Friday, August 21st, 2015 11:59 PM Eastern Time.Grand Rapids Fire Department

Minimum requirements for employment in the Grand Rapids Fire Department

  • Minimum Age 18, no maximum age limit
  • Physical ability to perform job functions
  • Possession of valid Michigan motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Ability to: Communicate; hear, see (at least 20/30 corrected vision both eyes with contact lenses or glasses. At least 20/100 uncorrected for wearers of hard contacts or glasses. Long-term soft contact lenses not subject to uncorrected criterion), ability to manipulate items and self mobility.
  • Environmental conditions: outside in all weather conditions

They are Offering:

  • Paid Sick Leave/Vacation
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Extra Pay for College Incentive
  • Pension Plan
  • Continuing Career Training and Education
  • Attractive Work Schedule
  • Job Security
    They are represented by Local 366 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (AFL-CIO).
  • Salary
    $41,211.00 – $62,961.00 Annually

Comprehensive Insurance Packages
They provide Group Hospital, Medical, Surgical, Dental and Optical insurance for employees, spouse and dependents.

Paid Sick Leave/Vacation

You accumulate 6 per year which you can carry over year to year for an unlimited amount.
Vacation for every:
1 – 10 years of service – 6 work days per year
10 – 15 years of service – 9 work days per year
15 + years of service – 12 work days per year

College Credit Incentive

If you have completed 30 hours of college credits approved by management you are paid $200 per year in addition to your annual salary. If you have completed 60 hours, you receive $400.

Pension Plan

The Grand Rapids Fire Department maintains an employee/management contribution pension which has a 25 year cap.

Career Training and Education

They provide their own Fire Academy. A new employee attends the Fire Academy for 16 – 18 weeks, and graduates with Fire Fighter I and II certifications. You will also be trained to meet certifications and standards established or requested by the national, state, or local fire department levels.

Attractive Work Schedule

The work schedule is based on a 24 hour shift from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next day. You work one day on – one day off – one day on – one day off – one day on – four days off. You are also given one extra day off (approximately 4 per year) depending upon the FLSA work period schedule.


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