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Posted on: July 15, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fire Department offers pop-up career chats, takes applications

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Starting next week, the Battle Creek Fire Department will welcome the community to some of our stations to talk about a fire service career.

The outreach is part of this year’s application process for anyone interested in a career with the city’s fire department. This process – set by the Civil Service Act – involves updating our entry-level firefighter eligibility list, which we then hire from. The list is valid for two years. 

On Thursdays over the next month, from 5-7 p.m. you can learn about fire service as a career from our talented fire staff, and ask any questions you have. Staff will hold these pop-up events outside the stations. Check out the schedule:

  • July 20 – Station 2, 145 N. Washington Ave.
  • July 27 – Station 3, 222 Cliff St.
  • Aug. 3 – Station 4, 8 S. 20th St.
  • Aug. 10 – Station 5, 1170 W. Michigan Ave.

To apply for the firefighter eligibility list, you must be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalent, and be at least 18 years old.

Here are important dates in the process. You will learn more when you apply.

  • Thursday, Aug. 31 – Written exam – You must receive a score of 70% or higher to move on. Look for more information soon about evening study sessions on Aug. 3 and 17.
  • Week of Oct. 30 – Physical agility test – Look for more information later about workout prep sessions in the coming months, and practice sessions at Kellogg Arena the week of Oct. 23.
  • Nov. 13-17 – Structured oral interviews

A candidate’s written and oral scores are combined, and individuals are placed on the eligibility list. When the Fire Department has job openings, officials consider candidates in groups of five, starting at the top of the list.

To get started, visit and complete a job application for Firefighter. You can email or call 269-966-3311 for more information about the department, the job, and the process.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14.

The Battle Creek Fire Department responds to over 8,500 calls per year and serves the city’s 44 square miles, including an urban area, large industrial park, agricultural areas, and commercial areas. We offer many aspects of fire safety, and services including confined space emergencies, fire prevention and public education, fire suppression, hazardous materials response, emergency medical response, pre-fire inspections, and vehicle rescue.

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