The Grand Rapids Fire Department is Looking for Firefighters
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.
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
- 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
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
Here is a recruitment video from the Grand Rapids Fire Department...