Sunday, June 7, 2009

How to Become a Grand Rapids Firefighter

How to Become a Grand Rapids Firefighter

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is located on the Southwestern side of Michigan. The Department has Firefighters that work on a 24 hour schedule in 11 different firehouse throughout the city. All Firefighters hired by Grand Rapids Fire Department are required to go through the Fire Academy for 16 weeks training.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You'll Need:

  • 18 Years or older
  • High School diploma or a GED
  • Correctable vision to 20/20


  1. Submit an application for employment through the City of Grand Rapids for the position of Firefighter. The city only accepts applications when there are vacancies to fill.
  2. Next is the civil service test. You must receive a qualifying score to continue in the hiring process.
  3. The physical agility test is a timed test of job related tasks that must be completed in 10 minutes. Rescreach the Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test or CPAT to prepare yourself for this test.
  4. Applicants who pass both previous tests will advance to the oral interview.
  5. A complete background check is completed after the interviewing process.
  6. A physical entrance exam which is medical in nature is the last step before an offer of employment is given.



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