Recruitment Information

Firefighting is a challenging, yet also a highly rewarding endeavor. If you are motivated by the opportunity and believe you can meet the challenges, we encourage you to apply. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Stacey Bird, Human Resources Manager, via telephone (231) 947-3000 ext 1221 or email

Residency Program – now accepting applications!

Our department is a busy department servicing three townships in Grand Traverse County; East Bay Township, Garfield Township, and Acme Township. The Residency Program is based from Station 9 and is an opportunity for a GTMESA firefighter to live at one of our fire stations and work full-time hours. Station 9, located on High Lake Road in East Bay Township, houses our current Residency Program and also shares space with a crew from East Bay Ambulance as well as Grand Traverse County Sherriff’s Office, giving the resident a well-rounded experience to emergency services. The resident is at least 18 years of age, has a minimum of Michigan Firefighter I and II certification (or equivalent), and at least a Michigan EMR license; Michigan EMT is preferred. CLICK HERE FOR SOG

Part-Time Firefighters

Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority (GTMESA) part-time firefighters are essential members of the GTMESA emergency services team. Their dedication and commitment are integral to our ability to provide the very best service to those who need our help. In return, they receive career training and experience in Fire, EMS and other technical areas, hourly compensation, and the greatest benefit of all — the satisfaction derived from serving the community and helping those in need.

Time Commitment

GTMESA part-time firefighters are able to work as paid-on-call firefighters or as regular 24-hour firefighters. Paid-on-call firefighters agree to work at least 8 hours a month and regular 24-hour firefighters agree to work at least one scheduled 24-hour shift each week.


All part-time firefighters must be certified in the following areas (or obtain certification while employed):

    • Firefighter I & II Certification
    • Hazmat Operations
    • Emergency Medical Responder (Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B) preferred)
    • Other certifications as deemed necessary for optional job duties

To be considered for a GTMESA part-time firefighter position, you must:

    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Possess a High School Diploma or equivalent
    • Live within reasonable driving range of the GTMESA’s District (East Bay Township, Acme Township or Garfield Township or City of Traverse)
    • Have a clear driving record (0 – 4 points)
    • Successfully comply with Fitness for Duty policy; including physical ability test, drug screen and physical
    • Be able to take orders and follow directions

Pre-Employment Qualifications

Selected applicants must successfully comply with our Fitness for Duty standard operating guideline. This includes but is not limited to:

Medical Evaluation

The medical evaluation will be performed by the GTMESA’s physician at the Munson Occupational Medicine. This evaluation will be in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments. At the same time as the evaluation, the GTMESA physician will determine if the member is medically fit to wear a respirator in accordance with the Respiratory Protection Plan. Pass/Fail results will be submitted to GTMESA and results from the comprehensive physical will be shared with GTMESA Wellness Coordinator. The exam may include and is not limited to:

Pre-employment drug screen
Lab work (i.e. Cholesterol, Triglycerides, etc.)
OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation
Physical Exam
X-Ray (i.e. chest/back)
Pulmonary Function Testing

Physical Ability Test (PAT)

A PAT shall be required by all operational GTMESA employees (full-time, part-time, and Probationary Candidate firefighters) to determine if the employee can perform critical essential firefighting functions. The PAT will take place pre-employment and at a predetermined location in each month of October. Exact dates and times shall be established by the Wellness Committee.