Are you graduating soon or just looking for a career change? If you have ever dreamed of becoming a firefighter, the Grand Rapids Fire Department has a program for you.

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Becoming a firefighter takes a lot of training as well as the right individual who can step up and handle a job that can be very dangerous. One of the perks of the job is you get to serve and help those in the community you live in.

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Training is something firefighters do their whole careers. Firefighters work a job that could take their life or the lives of other firefighters and civilians so it's important to continue to train for a lifetime.

There has to be a beginning to that training and the Grand Rapids Fire Department has an opportunity to see if you have what it takes to find a pathway to becoming a firefighter.

Grand Rapids Fire Department Host Internship Program

Grand Rapids Fire Department Facebook Page
Grand Rapids Fire Department Facebook Page

It is common in many careers to do an internship before actually landing a part-time or full-time job. I did an internship and almost 25 years later I am still working in the broadcasting field.


According to FOX 17, the Grand Rapids Fire Department is going to have a Fire Cadet Program for those looking at being a firefighter as a career.

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The good news is these are paid internships that are roughly 20 hours per week. Nothing like getting paid to learn. Trainees will learn about the behind-the-scenes stuff first and then move up to fire and medical emergencies.

How Do I Get Signed Up For the Firefighter Internships?

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There are a couple of boxes you need to check before signing up for the GRFD internship program:

  • Must-Have a Drivers License
  • Must Have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

To sign up for the GRFD internship program, click here.

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