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Riga Fire Department In the News Our fire department made the news! Click here to read the short article and view the photos of Riga Township firefighters practicing working in tight spaces.
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Fire Department Phone: (517) 486-4260
Mike Norman, Fire Chief
About Our Team
Riga Township Fire Department always welcomes individuals who want to serve the community to apply to join our fire department. Questions? Scroll down to see our Frequently Asked Questions section.
To apply you must:
Be 18 years old or older
Have a High School Diploma or GED
Drive on a valid, unrestricted drivers license
Have no felony conviction or disqualifying criminal convictions
Meet physical standards
Live in Riga township area.
Once hired we provide:
Weekly drills (paid) and trainings every Monday from 7-8:30pm at the Riga Township Fire Station
Michigan firefighter 1 and 2 training
Basic EMT and EMT specialist training
Hazmat operations training
Technical rescue training (once you’ve passed Hazmat)
What we require:
You are required to make a minimum of 10% of the calls which would equal approx. 21 calls per year based on 2010’s run volume.
Attend a minimum of 12 Trainings per year
NOTE. If you are only interested in doing the very minimum required, consider carefully before applying. We are here to provide a service to the community. When the pager goes off we are expected to respond.
Q: This is a volunteer Fire Department. Does that mean I volunteer my time?
A: This is actually a paid-on-call fire department. You are paid to attend the mandatory weekly trainings and you are paid for every fire/medical call you respond to. Your pay is based on your level of training/certification. Checks are mailed in November of each year for the entire year. Just in time for Christmas.
Q. I’m not an EMT or Fire Fighter yet, can I join the Fire Department?
A. Yes, you can join, but while you are in training you are limited in what you can do on medical and fire calls. Serving on the fire department while in training gives you valuable hands-on learning that will help you as you continue on the fire department.