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Firefighter Paramedic


OPPORTUNITY: Thornapple Township Emergency Services is currently in the process of hiring a full-time Firefighter Paramedic. If you are current Michigan-licensed Paramedic with Firefighter I & II certifications, we look forward to reviewing your application and resume.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this position is to provide advanced life support to sick and injured citizens as well as firefighting duties and fire prevention efforts. This position is responsible to perform job duties in an accurate manner in order to protect the life and property of the citizens of the Thornapple Township Area.


  • Provide medical treatment and transport for injured citizens.
  • Ensure proper supplies are available and ambulance is service ready.
  • Give medical reports to emergency room.
  • Administer drugs to patients as needed.
  • Emergency response for fire suppression, EMS, Hazmat, and other forms of special rescues.
  • Provide fire suppression in all types of fire situations.
  • Perform search and rescue operations at fires to locate and remove victims.
  • Perform ventilation operations at fires to remove smoke and heat from structures.
  • Participate in training classes and drills to maintain and enhance firefighting and EMS skills.
  • Public education and fire safety education with children, adults and schools.
  • Clean and maintain station and equipment.
  • Personal, company and department training.
  • Regularly participates in either group or self-directed physical fitness activities during duty hours.
  • Conduct pre-fire plans and inspections with local businesses and establishments.
  • Perform truck and equipment checks daily.
  • Perform detailed record keeping.
  • Perform other related duties as required or assigned

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: High school Diploma or GED. Associate degree or higher is preferred

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must possess a valid Michigan Driver’s/ Chauffer’s License and maintain a good driving record; Firefighter I & II Standards Certificates; Paramedic License; Hazardous Material Operations Level; CPR; Certificates; and ACLS and PALS certificate; NIMS ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 (or willing to obtain).

Only applicants with all of the proper required certifications and licensures will be considered;

COMMUNICATIONS: Regular contacts within the department and with other departments, citizens, business owners, local law enforcement, outside representatives, community groups as needed.

USE OF EQUIPMENT AND/OR COMPUTERS: Regular use of specialized life-saving and sustaining equipment, standard firefighting and emergency response equipment.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Ability to utilize both internal and external resources to obtain information and data necessary to carry out routine assignments and special projects. Must have ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management and staff.  Must satisfactorily pass background clearance.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS : Medical/Physical exam  to determine the ability to perform the essential functions of this position. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; works with explosives; risk of radiation; and risk of vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Pay based on experience and certifications.


Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • Firefighting: 3-5 years
  • Paramedic:  3-5 years 

Required licenses or certifications:

  • Michigan licensed Paramedic with NFPA FF I & II, or equivalent
  • Driver’s License
  • Healthcare Provider CPR and ACLS

Recommended  licenses or certifications:

  • EMS Instructor Coordinator
  • Fire Instructor I
  • Fire Inspector
  • Company Officer


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

To apply, please click here to fill out the Required Thornapple Twp Emergency Services Application, and email it to Chief Eaton

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