Can You Become An STFD Firefighter?

An on-call firefighter is under the direction of the Chief of the Township Fire Department or his/her designee. Each firefighter is trained how to control and extinguish fires, protect life and property, and maintain equipment on an on-call basis.

This process may take four to six weeks. If you have any questions about any of the hiring process steps, please contact the Fire Chief.

Completed application form submitted to Central Office, 4930 Shattuck Road. Includes copying driver's license and proof of automobile insurance and your signature on a background record check permission form.

Complete an aptitude/intelligence pre-employment test.

Background check conducted for criminal record, driving record, and personal history. No felony convictions are permitted and no more than 4 points on your driving record.

If minimum criteria is met for items 2 and 3, an interview with station officers is held. A recommendation is submitted to the Chief by these officers.

Reference checks may be conducted.

Final interview with Chief is held. If still interested in the department, a conditional offer of employment as a paid call firefighter is made.

An agility and physical examination is administered, which you must pass.

Upon receipt of medical examination results, you will be contacted. If approved, an appointment to complete required paperwork and issue personal protective clothing.

Training begins.
Must be physically able to perform the duties of an on-call fire fighter as required by the Township and as determined by the designated medical examiner. Must be able to pass physical agility tests when administered and as required. Must be insurable under the guidelines established by the Township's liability insurance carriers.

Must possess and/or be able to acquire fire fighter certification as mandated by the State of Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council.

Must have and maintain a good driving record. A valid Michigan driver's license is required for initial employment and must be maintained while an employee.

Must be at least 18 years of age. Must reside within or at a location not exceeding one mile outside of the Township boundaries. The fire fighter will be assigned to the district in which he/she resides or to the district which, at the discretion of the Fire Chief, is most advantageous for the Township and the fire department.

Must possess a high school diploma or GED and be able to speak, read, write, understand and comprehend English for the purpose of performing the multiple communication functions of the job's duties and responsibilities, and for the purposes of completing and/or following and/or applying all directives, manuals, logs, reports, and other communications pertaining to employment.

Must have the ability to acquire and to use specialized fire fighting knowledge, techniques, and practices, and a strong mechanical aptitude.

Must have independent reliable source of transportation available at all times for immediate transportation to the fire station responding to an alarm signal. Must report for work when called, in fit mental and physical condition in order to perform job duties and assigned tasks. This includes the willingness and ability to participate in training and development activities.

Must have a workable telephone in personal residence at all times.

Must be able and willing to work cooperatively and effectively within the structure of a team approach concept and/or individual initiative concept.

Must have the ability to work well with other individuals, be pleasant, congenial, and able to remain calm and courteous in relationship with other personnel, management, and the public.

Must be self-motivated and be able to perform job duties independent of and without direct supervisory assistance and/or direction.

Must be able to work well and to perform work efficiently and productively under pressure, which may be caused by having to face critical and unexpected situations.

Must not have any facial hair or hair on the head which interferes with the seals on breathing apparatus, or cause the seals to improperly seat tightly against the face.

All firefighters are subject, at all times, to the provisions of the Jonesfield and Lakefield Township Fire Department's Policies and Procedures Manual and any amendments, additions, deletions and/or other revisions thereto.
Heavy Lifting/Carrying:
Very heavy work involving weights in excess of 100 lbs. with frequent lifting and/or carrying of weights in excess of 50 lbs while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, ropes, and the like, using the feet and legs and/or hands and arms while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Bending body downward and forward by bending the spine at the waist while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Bending legs at the knees to come to rest on knee(s) while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Bending body downward and forward by bending the legs and knees while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Extending hands and arms in any direction while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with the hand or hands while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Picking, pinching, working with the fingers primarily while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Perceiving such attributes of objects and materials as size, shape, temperature, or texture, by means of receptors in the hands while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Talking and/or Hearing:
Talking and expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and hearing or perceiving the nature of sounds by ear while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus.
Obtaining impressions through the eyes of shape, size, distance, motion, color, or other characteristics of objects while wearing fire fighting gear and apparatus. Including: Acuity (far and near), depth perception/three-dimensional vision, field of vision/peripheral vision, accommodation/adjustment, and color vision.
Manual Tools
Training in the use of axes, chisels, crowbars, pike poles, ladders, hoses and hose nozzles as well as the use of salvage covers.
Power Tools
Training in the use of gasoline powered saws, air chisels, core cutters, smoke ejectors, positive pressure ventilation fans, deodorizers, hydraulic cutters, jaws, and rams.
Training in the use of portable and base radios.
Personal Protective Clothing
Training in the use of self-contained breathing apparatus, cascade system, and air compressor; Appropriate donning of all protective clothing and breathing apparatus.
Training in driving safety and emergency vehicles: engines, aerials, and squads. How to use fire pumps, both apparatus mounted and portable. Raising and lowering aerial ladders. Use and application of fire suppression foams.
Knowing your community: streets, highways, roads, new developments; quickest routes to areas in your district. Working on land, water or icy environments for rescue or fire suppression.
Training in dealing with extremes of heat or cold temperature changes. Contact with cold or hot liquids or water vapor that may cause bodily discomfort.
Working in environments with constant or intermittent noise or vibration that may cause distraction or possible injury.
Dealing with situations that threaten definite risk of bodily injury.
Air Conditions:
A fire fighter will learn to recognize and deal with situations concerning breathable air that require the use of a self-contained breathing apparatus.
Fumes: Vaporous exhalations, usually odorous, resulting from combustion or chemical reaction.
Odors: Noxious smells, either toxic or non-toxic.
Toxic Conditions: Exposure to toxic dust, fumes, gases, vapors, mists, or liquids which cause general or localized disabling conditions after inhalation or contact with the skin.
Dust: Small particles of any kind including inorganic dust like silica and asbestos.
Poor Ventilation: Insufficient air movement causing a feeling of suffocation and/or the build-up of fumes, gases, vapors, dusts, mists, or liquids. Exposure to drafts.

To become part of the officer training program for the STFD, a firefighter must first complete the required Firefighter I & II Classes. A sampling of some of the courses required for Fire Officer Training are listed below and are typically offered as evening presentatins. The entire program is held at Jonesfield Fire Deprartment stations. Pre-enrollment is preferred, please contact the Fire Department offices for additional information. Maximum class size is 30. Classes will usually beging at 1830 each evening and last approximately 3-4 hours. Student manuals are included with each course.

Records & Reports
Incident Command System
Building Construction-Ordinary
Multiple Company Tactical Operations-Preparing
Multiple Company Tactical Operations-Decision Making
Firefighter Safety & Survival-Company Officer's Responsibilities
Educational Methodology

SERVING Jonesfield and Lakefield Township…




Jones Field Lake Field Township Fire Department
204 Mahoney
Merril, Michigan 48637
(989) 643-5277