Employment | Oshtemo Township

   Paid-On-Call Employment

Oshtemo Fire Department is dedicated to providing the best service possible to our residents, visitors and fellow firefighters. In order to do that we must have passionate, competent, motivated members capable of providing all hazards risk mitigation with respect, responsibility and pride.

Oshtemo Fire Department (OFD) hires Paid-On-Call (POC) once a year. You may register for our New Hire Orientationat any time. In order to acquire an application you must attend our New Hire Orientation.

  • Minimum Requirements
      • Minimum Age 18
      • Physical ability to perform job functions outlined in the CPAT (below)
      • Possession of valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
      • Shall not have any felony convictions
  • Employment Process
      1. Register for new hire orientation anytime here
      2. Attend one of our three New Hire Orientations
      3. Ride along with us, a minimum of 9 hours (three, three hour shifts)
      4. Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) (Upon passing background check)
      5. Panel interview (Upon passing CPAT)
      6. Conditional job offers are made during the last two weeks of OctoberGraph: Timeline of The Road to Employment


Completing this online registration form will sign you up for one of our three new hire orientations. It will also provide you with additional information regarding the hiring process. Remember you do not need any previous professional experience to attend the orientation and you will receive an application after attending an orientation.

Photo of a Firefighter taking action on a burning building

Firefighter taking action on a burning building

New Hire Orientation

We conduct an orientation with potential applicants before we hand out our application. This event allows us to explain our expectations of a POC firefighter. It also allows you and your family to ask questions and meet some of our members. After the orientation is complete we will send you home with an application for employment and the background check packet. You and your family will have the whole month of September to decide if you are still interested in joining our team.


Ride Along

The purpose of the “ride along” experience is to provide a citizen with exposure to the tasks associated with the Fire, Rescue and EMS services.  This program may also be used to network with other firefighting, rescue and EMS professionals.  It is not intended to provide training.

Photo: A Firefighter lending aid from a Ladder

A Firefighter lending aid from a Ladder

Although any citizen, who has reached the age of 18, may apply for our ride along program at any time we strongly encourage potential applicants to ride along after completing the new hire orientation.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

This is a pass/fail test based on a maximum total time of 7 minutes and 55 seconds. This time was established by testing current members.

Applicants will be scheduled for a practice session prior to the test. This practice session will allow applicants the opportunity to become familiar with the events and ask questions.

There are eight events, listed below, that will be performed wearing a 40 pound vest to simulate the weight of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and firefighter protective clothing.

      • Event 1 – Hose Drag
      • Event 2 – Equipment Carry
      • Event 3 – Ladder Raise and Extension
      • Event 4 – Forcible Entry
      • Event 5 – Hose Raise
      • Event 6 – Search (This event uses a “fogged out” mask, narrow spaces and obstacles)
      • Event 7 – Rescue
      • Event 8 – Ceiling Breach and Pull

A more detailed description of each event can be located here – Oshtemo Fire Department Entry Level Ability Test

Panel Interview

The Panel Interview will consist of four members: two officers, two firefighters with at least two of those members being paid-on-call. The interview will consist of eight questions. Four of the questions will be provided to the applicant prior to the interview. The other questions will be given to the applicant during the interview.


Resident Intern Program

Oshtemo Township is seeking highly motivated and self disciplined recruit level fire service personnel who wish to receive valuable, hands-on experience in the Fire, Rescue and EMS profession.

This unprecedented opportunity in S.W. Michigan will give the winning candidates an opportunity to live in the fire station for a 12-month period free of charge. In exchange, they will be expected to work a typical full time firefighter schedule of 24 hours on-duty followed by 48 hours off-duty. The on-duty shifts will not be financially compensated beyond the free private dormitory room provision. However, resident interns will receive hourly pay for responses made during their off-duty hours.

If you would like more information or wish to apply download the packet OFD-Application-07-13.


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