Twp. on-call firefighters badly needed




The Flint Township Fire department depends on a staff made up of mostly on-call firefighters to keep the community safe.

The Flint Township Fire department depends on a staff made up of mostly on-call firefighters to keep the community safe.

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Fire Department needs to hire more men or women on-call firefighters, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley.

Over the past 10 years, the fire department has lost half of its on-call firefighting staff due to moving (job related or housing issues), health issues or retirement.

“We are currently down to 19 on-call firefighters and we would like to double that over the next two years,” he said. He is hoping to attract a new pool of applicants in time to start training at the next fire academy class which starts in February.

“We would like to have up to six people in the class,” Burkley said.

The fire academy is a 5 month class offering day and night sessions to accommodate different work schedules.

The fire department pays the academy class fee, transportation to and from class and a wage for attending classes, Burkley said.

The process starts with filling out an application, which is available on the Flint Township website at www.flintotwnship.org or can be picked up in person at fire station No. 1, 5331 Reuben Street.

Applicants must live in Flint Township.

“Becoming a fire fighter will teach you life-long lessons and skills along with giving you personal gratification,” Burkley said.

He encouraged anyone interested to stop by the fire station to discuss the opportunity further.

Finding and keeping personnel is an ongoing concern for both police and fire departments.


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