The Commerce Township Fire Department is looking to residents to bolster the ranks of paid-on-call firefighters before summer training sessions.
Fire Chief Joe Schornack said he is beginning a recruitment process for residents interested in one of the positions, which requires a self-motivated individual able to dedicate time to training with the department.
It’s not a job for a lot of people, Schornack said, because of the time commitment required during a probationary period.
“The benefits are many,” he said. “Knowing that you are able to help save a life and give something back to the community are well worth the time and effort an individual has to commit.”
Additional benefits include a wage up to $18 per hour; worker’s compensation disability benefits; ongoing training in firefighting, extrication and medical emergencies; and participation in community events.
Paid-on-call personnel, as opposed to career firefighters, don’t work on a set schedule. As a paid volunteer, payment would be received on a per-call basis and any extra work a volunteer may provide, such as during community events.
Schornack said he’s hoping to get at least enough approved applicants to fill out the roster to at or near 30 paid-on-call fighters.
Applications can be obtained from any fire station in Commerce Township or by calling 248-560-0051.
Candidates must be at least 18-years-old, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record, and be able to physically perform the activities of a firefighter. Those applying would need to live in Commerce Township.
Commerce Township currently has four fire stations, 16 full-time Fire Department employees and 22 paid-on-call firefighters. During 2010, the Commerce Township Fire Department responded to 2,189 calls for service.
Applications should be submitted no later than May 31.