Firefighter: Ann Arbor Michigan


Salary: $15.86 – $21.63 Per Hour

Job Description:

Prior to applying to this position you are required to complete the EMPCO Firefighter test. Please use the enclosed link to find a test day/location that is convenient for you

 Salary Structure 

Suppression Start 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 5 Years 7 Years 10 Years 12 Years
Firefighter $15.86 $16.30 $18.02 $19.29 $21.24 $21.63 $21.63 $21.63 $21.63
Driver/Operator   $20.35 $21.20 $21.74 $21.97 $22.66 $22.66 $22.66 $22.66
Lieutenant       $22.82 $23.61 $23.61 $23.61 $23.61 $23.61
Captain       $25.02 $25.63 $25.63 $25.63 $25.63 $25.63
Battalion Chief               $28.13 $28.72


Role Summary

To protect life and property by combating, extinguishing and preventing fires and providing emergency medical assistance. Provides emergency response, basic/life support, fire prevention, rescue and fire suppression, as well as other duties associated with fire and rescue.  Work involves risk and hazardous exposure.  Work is performed under the direction of a superior officer.


Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Duties

  • Respond to emergencies with a fire company, may enter burning buildings with hose lines, operate nozzles and extinguish the fire as directed
  • Operate hand fire extinguishers, fog nozzles and similar equipment in extinguishing fires; raise, lower and climb ladders; and ventilate burning buildings to carry off smoke and gases and assist in returning equipment to service
  • Rescue persons from danger and administer medical aid as necessary
  • Perform salvage operations such as throwing covers, evacuating water, removing debris and performing general cleanup at the fire scene
  • Perform routine housekeeping duties at a fire station, such as mowing grass, cooking, making beds, cleaning walls, washing windows and sweeping floors
  • Assist with limited repair and maintenance work on fire equipment and apparatus
  • Attend and participate in training sessions to learn firefighting strategies and tactics, equipment operation, medical aid and street and hydrant locations
  • Check and inventory all personal protective equipment, firefighting tools and equipment for readiness (e.g. protective clothing, breathing apparatus, rescue equipment, hoses, hand tools, etc.); place personal safety gear on apparatus; check emergency medical care equipment for readiness (e.g. replenish first aid supplies in trauma box).  Report any missing, damaged or non-functioning equipment
  • Communicate with fire crew, other fire crews or supervisors, fire department management staff and incident commanders; follow verbal instructions
  • Promote life safety and prevention among public contacts

Related Work

Perform associated fire and rescue work as assigned.

Knowledge of

  • Basic principles and techniques of fire suppression, rescue, life support and fire prevention
  • Operation of appropriate apparatus
  • City geography
  • State and local traffic regulations
  • Basic knowledge of computers and software (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, E-Mail)
  • Basic mechanical aptitude
  • Basic emergency medical procedures
  • Policies and procedures of the Ann Arbor Fire Department
  • Basic mathematics functions

Skills and Ability to

  • Ability to understand and learn firefighting and medical response information from oral and written sources
  • Ability to read and write the English language at a level necessary for efficient performance
  • Ability to understand and follow oral instructions
  • Ability to effectively communicate in English through oral and written communication
  • Use modern office equipment, including computers, computer applications and software
  • Ability to work long hours under stressful conditions
  • Ability to apply a wide variety of firefighting duties, methods and procedures including the operation of firefighting and medical equipment and tools
  • Ability to perform physical and strenuous rescue and firefighting work requiring physical strength, coordination, endurance and flexibility
  • Ability to learn technical information in a classroom setting and transfer this knowledge to actions
  • Ability to exercise judgment during hazardous circumstances and to act quickly and effectively during emergencies


Fire suppression equipment, medical equipment, hand tools, extrication equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), specialized technical equipment, specialized hazmat equipment, portable radio, and standard office equipment

Training and Experience

  • Fire Fighter I and II Certification and;
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment and ability to meet such medical and physical standards as may be required at the time of appointment
  • Have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions

Licensing Requirements

  • Must possess a valid Michigan Emergency Medical Technician License
  • Must possess a valid US Drivers License
  • Possession of a CPAT certification upon applicantion 
  • You must possess or successfully complete Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) certification and pass a Washtenaw/Livingston Medical Control Authority written exam. The PHTLS certification and Medical Control examination must be successfully completed in the first six months of employment. Additionally, these certifications shall be maintained throughout your employment with the City of Ann Arbor. 

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that may be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Essential and related duties may require maintaining good physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, walking, running, climbing ladders, bending, stooping, crouching and kneeling for prolonged periods of time; as well as the ability to lift, drag, hoist and carry different types of fire equipment and other objects.  Requires stamina and physical endurance needed to sustain prolonged, rigorous physical activity during emergency situations.  Requires physical dexterity as needed to don equipment quickly, tie knots, etc. 

In addition, positions in this classification typically require: fingering, grasping, reaching, handling and/or feeling, talking, hearing and seeing (including peripheral vision, night vision, focus, color perception and depth perception). 

Physical demands include the ability to lift, push/pull, hold and carry in excess of 50 pounds.  The ability to climb step stools, step ladders, extension and aerial ladders, as well as 3 or more flights of stairs.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of forces constantly to move objects.

Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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