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Gerald R. Ford International Airport

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Step 1: Apply
•     Go to www.grr.org/employment  for more information.
•     Requirements:
o  High School diploma or GED, valid State of Michigan driver’s license, minimum of three years 
firefighting/emergency medical experience, MFFTC Firefighter I & II, MFFTC Emergency Vehicle 
Operator certificate or CDL, MFFTC Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Certificate, 
MDHHS licensed EMT-B or NREMT-B, NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800.
•     Preferred, but not required qualifications:
o  ARFF training and experience, career firefighting experience, Fire Inspector certification, 
MFFTC Instructor I, EMS Instructor Coordinator, NIMS ICS 300 & 400, MFFTC Company Officer/Fire 
Officer II, Associate or bachelor’s degree.
•     If you meet the requirements:
o  Submit a cover letter and resume with certificates (based on requirements)
Step 2: Take Written Exam
•     Take the written exam that includes 100 questions covering the following topics: 
firefighting, EMS, Hazmat, and ICS. The top 20 candidate scores will be offered the opportunity to 
take the physical agility test.
Step 3: Take Physical Agility Test
•     For those who successfully pass the written exam, they will be provided an 
opportunity to take the eight (8) station physical agility test.
o  Stair climb, Forcible Entry, Hose Advance, Rescue, Ceiling Breach and Pull, Search, Equipment 
Carry, and Hose Drag
•     At the completion of the physical agility test, the written exam score will be 
combined with the physical agility test score for an overall cumulative candidate score. The top 10 
candidates will be selected for an interview.
Step 4: Complete Firefighter Interview
•     For those who are selected, they will be provided with an opportunity to participate 
in the firefighter interview.
Step 5: Complete Candidate Review and Job Offering
•     Successfully complete Steps 1-4 along with passing pre-employment physical, 
background check, FBI fingerprint- based criminal history record check and a TSA security threat 
Step 6: Complete the Probationary Firefighter Program
•     Successfully complete the program within four to six months
•     Attend the badge pinning ceremony
Begin the career of a lifetime!
Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter (Full-time)
Fire Fighter Schedule
•     Work schedule is work 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 96 off
o  4-5 Kelly days a year
o  Bid shifts annually
o  Firefighter may trade shifts
•     Annual Average hours-2808
Fire Fighter Pay
•     Pay is based on 2021
o  Starting Pay is $17.94 per hour/$50,375.52 annually
o  Top Pay in 5 ½ years is $24.24 per hour/$68,065.92 annually
Fire Fighter Benefits
•     PTO-82 hours a year
•     Vacation hours are accrued based on years of service
o  Start with 106 hours annually
•     Holiday vacation hours
o  88 hours provided annually
•     Dental Benefit Plan
•     Vision Plan
•     Life Insurance and Supplemental Life Insurance
•     Health Care Saving Program
•     MERS Defined Contribution (DC) Plan
•     Deferred Compensation Plan (457B)
•     Wellness Incentives
•     Union Position
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is named in honor of the 38ᵗʰ President of the United 
States who hailed from Grand Rapids. It is the second busiest airport in Michigan, serving more 
than three million passengers annually. Gerald R. Ford International Airport is served by six 
passenger airlines with 140 daily nonstop scheduled flights to and from more than 30 major market 
destinations. Nearly 10,000 travelers pass through Gerald R. Ford International Airport each day, 
and more than 3.58 million passengers passed through the airport in 2019. The airport has three 
runways, a 4,900- parking spot four level parking garage, two concourses with 15 gates, two Fixed 
Based Operators (FBOs), a high school (West Michigan Aviation Academy), and much more.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport Fire Department
The Airport Fire Department is comprised of one chief, three captains, and 12 firefighters. The 
department has three shifts of five each working 24-hour shifts, seven days a week. They respond to 
roughly 300 calls each year, nearly two- thirds of which are medical emergency calls. They work out 
of one fire station which is 22,000 square feet and have four apparatus which include a quick 
response vehicle (QRV) and three aircraft rescue fire fighting trucks (ARFF).
Normal day as firefighter
The shift starts at 7:00am with apparatus inspections. The morning can consist of physical 
training, inspections  (hydrants, sprinklers valves, fire extinguishers, AEDs, etc.), and providing 
fire extinguisher training. Training usually runs from 1:00-3:00pm. We train on structural 
firefighting, ARFF, hazmat, ICS, EMS, and more. Then the duty day usually ends around 5:00pm. Each 
firefighter is assigned one to two department projects to work on too.

Revised 08.12.2021


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