The White Lake Township Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women to become paid-on-call (POC) firefighters by taking on the challenge of being a Michigan certified firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT).
“It’s a call to service your community,” said Fire Chief Tony Maltese. “Paid-on-call firefighters are very important in the success of a combination fire department, such as ours. They are an elite group of citizens who have passed the test. The job can be physically and mentally challenging. Besides these challenges, firefighters represent the face of the township and the department. Candidates must be disciplined individuals of good character and ethics who can be a team player. In addition, these firefighters earn money and benefits along the way.”
Maltese said he’s hoping to get a minimum of four additional paid-on-call firefighters and as many as six or seven. He said he is already approved by the Board of Trustees to have as many as 40 firefighters.
“We have the funds,” he said. “It’s just getting qualified people to pass the grade that’s difficult.”
On-call firefighters must complete certification training, are expected to respond to a minimum number of emergencies and attend training drills at the fire station each month.
Those interested can obtain an application online or at the township clerk’s office. All applications must be submitted to the clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on March 31. For further requirements for the position, go to www.wltfd.com or call 248-698-3335.