The application period for the Battle Creek Fire Department opens this Saturday, April 23 and the department is looking for a driven group of candidates representing our diverse community.
For those who are at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, the application process is as follows to be placed on the entry-level firefighter eligibility list, which remains active for two years:
• Complete an city employment application and return to Human Resources: email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 269-966-3644 or mail to City Hall, 10 N. Division St., Battle Creek, MI 49014 with attention to Human Resources. Applications will be accepted through July 8 and a $20 nonrefundable testing fee is required.
Please note: If you email or fax your application, it is not complete until you submit the $20 fee to the Clerk’s Office, Room 111 at City Hall, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Take the entry-level written Civil Service Exam, scheduled for Aug. 8 at Kellogg Arena, in downtown Battle Creek.
• If candidates pass the written exam with a 70 percent or higher, a physical agility exam will be scheduled. This pass/fail test requires candidates to work through a timed obstacle course that tests some of the situations they would face as firefighters.
• Finally, candidates will participate in an oral interview in front of a panel.
Practice opportunities will be made available for both the agility and interview portions of the application process. The city will announce these dates, times and locations as they are scheduled.
Want to learn more about becoming a firefighter? Chief David Schmaltz and other fire personnel will hold informal meet-and-greet events with those who might be interested in this career path. All will be held at Brownstone Coffee House, 18 W. Michigan Ave., in downtown Battle Creek:
• Thursdays, May 5, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and May 19, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Thursdays, June 2, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and June 16, 4 to 6 p.m.
Those who can’t make the meet-and-greet times, but want to learn more, are welcome to stop by one of the city’s six fire stations (except the airport) to chat with staff.
For more information about the process, including a video from Chief Schmaltz and link to written exam study guides, visit our website, www.battlecreekmi.gov. Under Your Government, click Fire Department, then Career Opportunities. More information will be added throughout the spring and summer.