Are you looking for a new job? Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter? The Grand Rapids Fire Department is now hiring. The department started taking firefighter applications the first of the month.

Grand Rapids Fire Department
Graphic: The City of Grand Rapids via YouTube

Firefighter Job Requirements

There are some very physical requirements to be a firefighter. Possible recruits will be required to haul a dummy that weighs 165 pounds. You also need to be able to climb stairs, pull down a ceiling that could be hiding flames and hammer through wall. All of these things must be done while wearing a 50 pound vest. The vest simulates the same weight the gear a firefighter has to wear while battling a blaze.

You will also have to pass a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). This test is made up of eight separate events. Participants are required to complete all eight events on a closed course in under 10 minutes and 20 seconds. The events include:

  • Stair Climb
  • Hose Drag
  • Equipment Carry
  • Ladder Raise and Extension
  • Forcible Entry
  • Search
  • Rescue Drag
  • Ceiling Breach and Pull

The other requirements to become a firefighter include:

  • Being at least 18 years old
  • Having a High School Diploma or GED
  • Having a valid driver's license
  • Have at least 20/30 corrected vision or 20/100 for uncorrected
  • No felony convictions
Grand Rapids Firefighter
Photo: The City of Grand Rapids via YouTube

How Much Does the Job Pay?

According to the recruitment page on the Grand Rapids Fire Department's website, the salary for a firefighter ranges between $48,796 and $74,550 a year.

What are the Employee Benefits?

As an employee of the City of Grand Rapids, city employees are offered the following benefits:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Comprehensive health care package including medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage
  • Paid vacation days
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid jury duty
  • Bereavement leave
  • Defined contribution retirement plan (401a and RHSA)
  • Cash death benefit
  • Paycheck direct deposit
Grand Rapids Fire Department
Photo: The City of Grand Rapids via YouTube

Here is a recruitment video from the Grand Rapids Fire Department...

The Grand Rapids Fire Department will be accepting firefighter applications through the end of June.

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