What If No One Answered The Call?
Every day, in every community, emergency responders answer the call of our families, friends and neighbors who are in need of assistance. From vehicle crashes to heart attacks, from house fires to technical rescues, emergency responders are there to protect lives and property.
Emergency responders are a special type of people with varying motives for becoming an emergency responder. For some individuals, the unique challenges of emergency response is what draws them into service, for others it is the satisfaction derived from helping others.
For most indivduals, it is a combination of these things that motivate them to provide this valuable service to a community for little or no compensation, while at times placing their own lives and safety at risk for people they may not know . Regardless of their motivation, communities are in need of volunteer firefighters. The majority of communities simply cannot afford the hire and maintain a fire department staffed with career personnel.
Today’s emergency responders do far more than put out fires. They respond to vehicle crashes, hazardous material incidents, special rescue incidents, medical emergencies, and perform multiple types of community service. Emergency responders are also the first line of defense in natural and man-made disasters.
We are in need of dedicated men and women willing to serve as Paid-on-call Firefighters. A Paid-on-call Firefighter is sometimes related to a Volunteer Firefighter in that they respond to the station or an incident only when paged or toned out by a dispatch centerr. The difference is that Paid-on-call Firefighters receive some level of compensation for responding to incidents, attending training, and for other official activities.
Bridgeport Charter Township is protected 24x7 Firefighter force made up primarily of Paid-on-call Firefighters. The exception is the three Firefighters that staff the station 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. It is during these day time hours that we have the fewest available on-call perrsonnel.
It takes a special individual to sacrifice one's valuable personal time to respond day or night to emergencies, participate in training and community events, and still meet career, family and other personal obligations. A Firefighter's family also makes sacrifices, but can find the department a worthwhile and rewarding investment of thier family's time. Are you willing to answer the call?
A candidate is required to meet the following criteria:
- be 18 years or older
- possess a high school diploma or GED
- pass a physical exam & agility test
- pass a criminal background & driving check
- have access to reliable transportation
- reside within Bridgeport Charter Township (exceptions have been made for individuals based on travel distance)
- successfully complete an approved Michigan Firefighter Training Council Firefighter level I/II course within two years of hire.
Once training is complete, you will be a fully certified Firefighter in Michigan. You will also be equipped with the knowledge and skill sets necessary to respond to nearly any kind of emergency. For some individuals, the training and experience they obtain has led to a fulltime career in emergency services.
Making a difference is a very rewarding and gratifying experience. We hope you will take time to explore this opportunity to serve your community.
You may contact us:
By phone: (989) 921-4834
In person: 6204 Dixie Hwy. Bridgeport
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (after hours by appointment)
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