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    General

    • What is the process to become a Grand Rapids firefighter?

      We are an Equal Opportunity employer, which means we give a civil service test to candidates. We only accept applications when we have vacancies to fill.
      Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and correctable 20/20 vision.
      Our process begins with the civil service test; a qualifying score moves you on to the physical agility test. (A timed test of evolutions you must complete in 10 minutes.)
      Passing that test moves you on to the oral interview, background checks and physical entrance exam. You would then be offered employment. If you accept you would be an employee of the GRFD with full benefits and salary (starting wage $36,604). You would begin your career at our Fire Academy, a 40 hr. per week, 16 week training. Once you have completed recruit training you will be assigned to a 24 hr. shift.
      We are frequently asked if a candidate has their Firefighter I and II etc. if they are still required to complete the Fire Academy. At this time the answer is yes. Recruitment / Career Opportunities

    • How do I get a fire truck to come to my event (school, church, otherwise)?

      Please contact Fire Administration by email or call 456-3028. You will need the following:

      Name of the event
      Date, time, location
      Contact name and phone number
      Approximate number of people expected

      Please leave a message if no one is available to take your call and someone will contact you.

    • Can I get my blood pressure taken at the firehouse?

      If personnel are at their fire station, they should be able to give you an accurate blood pressure reading. We recommend that you stop in during the normal "bag and tag"sales hours, unless you are experiencing some type of medical symptoms and we recommend that you call 911.

    • Do you fill swimming pools?

      We do not fill swimming pools. You can get a permit and rent equipment form the Water Department Field Operations office by calling 311 or 456-3000 or visiting their office at 1900 Oak Industrial Drive between 7:30 - 3:00 Monday thru Friday.

    • Who do I call if I see a Fire Hydrant that needs repair (leaking, caps missing, other)?

      Please contact the Water Department Field Operations office at 311 or 456-3000.

    • Do you install car seat, or do car seat inspections?

      The Safe Kids of Greater Grand Rapids inspects and installs car seats at the Kalamazoo Avenue Station, the fourth Thursday of the month from 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. Please check here for more Kent County
      Car Seat Fitting Stations

    • Who do I contact if I have a Fire Department billing question?

      Please contact Fire Administration by email or call 456-3900 and you will be directed to the appropriate person.

    • How do I get a copy of a Fire Report?

      Please contact Fire Administration at 456-3900 and you will be directed to the appropriate person or visit us at 38 LaGrave Ave SE between 8:00 - 5:00 Monday thru Friday. There is a $10.00 cost for the report.

    • Do you sell bags and tags? Where and when can I purchase them?

      City Refuse Bags and Tags are no longer available at any Fire Stations. Please view the links below for more information or call the Streets and Sanitation Department at 456-3232.
      English
      Spanish

      You can read more about Bags and Tags on the Streets and Sanitation Website .

    Fire Prevention

    • Where do I place smoke detectors?

      As a general rule there should be a smoke detector in every sleeping area, outside of every sleeping area, and one on every floor. Please see Fire Safety - Smoke Detectors for more information. 2011 list of approved Smoke Detectors (PDF)

    • Are portable fire pits allowed in Grand Rapids?

      At its August 23, 2016 meeting, the Grand Rapids City Commission voted to adopt a two-year pilot ordinance. The new “Open-Burning” ordinance allows recreational fires within the City of Grand Rapids – by permit ONLY. Information on Recreational Fires in Grand Rapids

    • Is it legal to burn in the City? Do I need a permit?

      At its August 23, 2016 meeting, the Grand Rapids City Commission voted to adopt a two-year pilot ordinance. The new “Open-Burning” ordinance allows recreational fires within the City of Grand Rapids – by permit ONLY. Information on Recreational Fires in Grand Rapids

    • Is counseling available if my child is setting fires?

      See West Michigan FIREmatch (PDF) for information.

    Suppression

    • How many total calls for help were there in 2011?

      The Grand Rapids Fire Department responded to approximately 21,453 incidents.

    • How many structure fires were there in 2011?

      We responded to 373 working structure fires.

    • How many calls for medical emergencies did you respond to in 2011?

      We responded to 13,672 medical calls.

    • How many fire stations have poles that the firefighters slide down?

      There are three stations that still have poles. They aren't used anymore because of safety concerns when landing.

    Hazardous Material Planner

    • What is a hazardous material?

      A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, physical) which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors.

    • I'm a new business do I need a hazardous material inspection?

      New or existing businesses which use or store chemicals should complete the HazMat Survey Form and submit either by email, postal service or fax. The form will be reviewed to determine if a follow-up inspection is needed.