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Paid On Call Firefighter

The City of Mt. Pleasant is interested in working with individuals with a passion for helping others.  We are currently seeking applications from high energy, team-oriented individuals who are devoted to the Mt. Pleasant community and interested in joining our Fire Department.

We would like to invite applicants who have a high school diploma or GED and are interested in completing the necessary training, education, and certification processes necessary to fulfill the position requirements to APPLY NOW.  It is important to note that if we find an applicant who is committed to the community and the City, we have the ability to provide the necessary training, skills development, and networking opportunities to develop that person into a strong Firefighter.  We can offer paid training, on-the-job experience, and a structured firefighting development program . . . we ask in turn that the applicant be committed to this community for many years to come.


The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department is committed to the protection of life and property. We accomplish this by utilizing modern technology, education, prevention, training, and community partnerships. We strive to provide the highest level of service during all types of disasters - natural or man-made. We serve with compassion, honesty, integrity, and care for those who live, work or visit our community.


Please see the Paid On Call Firefighter position requirements below:

  • Preferred education and training:  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, and current American Heart CPR certification, are required. A State of Michigan Medical First Responder license must be completed within 8 months of hire to remain employed. Preference will be given to those candidates with a current State of Michigan Basic Emergency Medical Technician license and possess a minimum of one year structural firefighting experience, or an equivalent combination of formal education and experience providing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • The ability, desire and commitment to complete extensive firefighting training, and the flexibility to leave your place of employment for firefighting duty are necessary.
  • Selected candidates must successfully pass the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) administered by the Fire Training Institute of Schoolcraft College,  or within the previous twelve-month period have passed the CPAT or an equivalent physical agility test.
  • Residency Requirement: Employees in the POC Fire ranks must reside within the boundaries or the perimeter roads of:
    • To the North: Jordan
    • To the South: Walton
    • To the East: Leaton
    • To the West: Nottawa

This distance is approximately a 1 square mile around the Charter Township of Union. A newly hired employee will be given 6 months to move within these boundaries. All employees must maintain their primary residency within the restrictions listed as a condition of employment for the full duration of their employment with the City of Mt. Pleasant.

  • The ability to attend 19 required departmental training sessions on an annual basis.

Paid On Call Firefighters are compensated on a bi-weekly basis; annual rates are divided by 26 pay periods. The base rate of pay is $2,054/yr., provided the employee meets the 30% run response rate as specified in the Paid On Call Employment Agreement. The per run response rate is $28.00 per run, skill based pay is available for Fire Officer Certifications up to $364/yr., additional bonus dollars up to $5,000/yr. are available based on run response rate, training hours at $40 per session, and $15.00 per hour for various other non-emergency events is available.  We also offer a 3% employer match in our deferred compensation plan and an education benefit for degree completion at a college or university level.  The opportunity for prolonged assignments, re-certification training or additional fire courses are available, as assigned or approved by the Fire Chief.

For detailed information on the position, run rate requirements and compensation package, review the Paid On Call Employment Agreement below.
Additional information:
  1. Job Description (PDF)
  2. Paid On Call Firefighter Agreement (PDF)
  3. City of Mt. Pleasant Culture Document (PDF)
  4. Schoolcraft College CPAT Testing Information
    1. Participant Booklet(PDF)
    2. CPAT Events and Workouts(PDF)
    3. 2017 CPAT Brochure(PDF)

    This position will remain open until filled.  We anticipate the first round of interviews will take place on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Department of Public Safety Building.  If you are selected for an onsite interview, the Human Resources Department will contact you to personally arrange an interview time.

To be considered for this position, please submit ALL of the following:
  1. Letter of Interest;
  2. Resume;
  3. Completed Job Application (PDF); 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. Completed Criminal History Background Check Authorization Form (PDF);
  5. Completed Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure and Authorization (PDF)

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

By email: **HR@mt-pleasant.org **
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The City of Mount Pleasant is an Equal Opportunity Employer