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Fire Equipment Operator

Starting hourly rate $18.19 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.

The City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking resumes from community minded, collaborative, driven individuals with a passion for the fire service and public service. The full-time Fire Equipment Operator is an hourly union employee. Reporting to the Fire Sergeant, Lieutenant or Duty Officer, this position serves on a team of Fire professionals who carry out the daily operations of the Fire Department, and provide fire prevention, firefighting activities and rescue, general maintenance on fire equipment, departmental training, community engagement, special event assistance and perform housing inspection processes within our program guidelines.

The role of Fire Equipment Operator is diverse and plays an important part in the overall success of the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department. Fire Equipment Operators prepare pre-incident plans and respond to regular fire alarms and other emergency response services, determine the appropriate route to the fire scene, drive apparatus or accompanies shift personnel to the fire location, lays appropriate supply hose, operates pump and other equipment, erects appropriate ladders; ventilates buildings as trained, handles hose lines, directs water or chemicals at fire according to need and places smoke ejectors to remove smoke and toxic fumes while protecting properties against water and smoke as much as possible. Performs rescue work at the fire scene, such as evacuating trapped persons, providing basic life support, administering oxygen and CPR. Returns fire equipment to trucks in correct order noting any damage or need for replacement. Assists in such readiness procedures as cleaning, hanging and loading of fire hose, preparing masks, inspecting and loading fans and nozzles, cleaning tools and preparing other small items of firefighting equipment for further use.

In the absence of a Fire Sergeant the Fire Equipment Operator may act as the shift commander, directing firefighting activities and overseeing the activities of paid-on-call fire fighters.

Inspects building and specific areas to determine causes of fire. Obtains information for summary reports on fire activity, inspection, training, and maintenance. Voluntarily participates in recurring training and in the training of Paid-on- call team. Reviews current informative literature pertaining to firefighting practices, studies maps for City routes, hydrants and streets closed for City construction. Collaborates with community agencies and schools to educate the public on Fire Prevention. Prepares and provides various community education programs and fire prevention demonstrations.

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent, State of Michigan Firefighter Training Council Firefighter Levels I and II certification, Incident Command Training, Operations Level Hazardous Materials Certification, current American Heart CPR certification, and minimum Michigan Licensed Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or ability to obtain in one (1) calendar year, with a minimum of two years structural firefighting experience. The Michigan Firefighters Training Council drivers training certificate or completion of drivers training within 6 months of employment is required for this position.

The following certifications and training are preferred: Fire Officer I, II, III certification, Hazardous Materials Technician Certification, and technical rescue certification in any or all of the following disciplines: ropes, surface water, rapid water, confined space, trench collapse, and/or structural collapse.

Ability to pass the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) or passage of the CPAT within the previous twelve-month period or passage of an equivalent physical agility test, may be required.

Must possess a valid Michigan Operator's License and a safe driving record.

The standard duty shift is 24 hours (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.) and you will work a rotation of 24 hours on shift and then 48 hours off shift. This rotation continues year-round equaling a total of 2756 hours annually. Newly hired employees may work a variety of shifts during the probationary period.

As a union position, increases are awarded based on the negotiated contract. Here are the step increases available in 2019; Start - $18.19/hour, 6 Month - $18.50/hour, 1 Year - $19.49/hour, 2 Year - $21.00/hour, 3 Year - $24.43/hour. The City will also provide annual skill-based pay for Fire Officer Certifications.

Must reside and maintain principle domicile within the limits of Isabella County or within 20 miles from the nearest city limit, whichever is greater, within twelve months of hire.

The Fire Department consists of a Fire Chief, the Assistant Fire Chief, a Lieutenant, three (3) Sergeants, six (6) Fire Equipment Operators, sixteen (16) Paid-On-Call firefighters and one (1) Office Professional. The members of the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department are committed to the protection of life and property. They collectively serve our community to the best of their ability and provide services driven by modern technology, education, prevention, training, and community partnerships. As a whole they strive to provide the highest level of service during all types of disasters - natural or man-made and serve with compassion, honesty, and integrity. They care for those who live, work, or visit our community.

Mt. Pleasant (SEV $532 million) is a growing and financially stable community located in the geographic center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The City is a warm and friendly community dedicated to retaining its small town traditions while building a vital economy. The area population officially stands at 26,016. When hosting special events, the population can swell to two or three times that number along with the approximate 30,000 daily visitors to the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino located at the east City limits.

Mt. Pleasant is also home to Central Michigan University’s 18,000 plus students and many of its employees. CMU offers more than 170 programs at the Bachelor, Master, and Specialist Degree levels, as well as their Medical School. Mid-Michigan College has a Mt. Pleasant Campus for those who wish to prepare for a career in health, business, or industrial technologies or transfer to a university. In addition, five other colleges and/or universities are within 45 miles of Mt. Pleasant. This community is dedicated to education and offers seven neighborhood schools, one middle school, and two high schools. There is one parochial and two charter schools. Downtown Mt. Pleasant boasts over 135 businesses that include remarkable specialty shops, art galleries, excellent and eclectic dining establishments, bars and bistros.

The Mt. Pleasant community provides an abundance of recreational and cultural opportunities ranging from hockey to chamber music concerts. Golfers are especially pleased with the 13 courses available within a 30 minute drive. Offering a wide range of recreational programs for all ages, the City Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains 11 parks comprising 300 acres, offering venues for picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. The Isabella County park system adds another 900 acres with similar opportunities as well as camping and cross-country skiing.

The City of Mt. Pleasant offers a robust and generous fringe benefit package which extends coverage in a variety of areas, such as; medical, prescription, dental, vision and employee life insurance options; defined benefit pension program; deferred compensation programs with an employer contribution; medical and dependent flexible spending accounts; non-taxable tuition reimbursement program and a variety of wellness incentives offered through our voluntary HealthSteps Wellness Program.


To be considered for this position, please submit ALL of the following by Friday, February 15, 2019:
  1. Letter of Interest;
  2. Resume;
  3. Job Application; This is a public position, as such the City cannot guarantee confidentiality once the applicant accepts an invitation to interview. If you would like to request confidentiality during the pre-interview phase, please indicate your request on the application form.
  4. Authorization for Release of Information
  5. Criminal History Background Check Authorization Form;
  6. Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure and Authorization.

Submit these materials to:

City of Mount Pleasant
Human Resources Department
320 West Broadway Street
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-779-5314
Fax: 989-779-5317

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Interviews are tentatively scheduled for February 25 & 26, 2019.

The City of Mount Pleasant is an Equal Opportunity Employer