Fire Department seeks a few good men and women

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 20, 2015

 Troy firefighters use foam and water to battle this blaze at a 10,000-square-foot storage facility on Coolidge Highway Nov. 4.

Troy firefighters use foam and water to battle this blaze at a 10,000-square-foot storage facility on Coolidge Highway Nov. 4.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

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Looking for a way to give back to the community and want to ride in a fire truck while you do it?

The Troy Fire Department is looking to shore up its number of dedicated volunteers.

“With a city this large, the majority of residents don’t realize we have a volunteer Fire Department,” said Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart. “We are in need of more residents to step up and join this great force.” 

Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts noted that under the criteria, volunteers must live or work in the city with the understanding that their employer will let them leave to respond to calls.

“Several volunteer firefighters are Troy Department of Public Works workers,” Roberts said. “We welcome anyone who meets the criteria.”

He said he met his wife, Susan, while they were both volunteers.

His son Jonathan has served as a Troy volunteer firefighter since 2009.

The Troy Fire Department has had up to 180 volunteers.

Those who wish to serve as a volunteer firefighter must pass a criminal background check, a driving record check and a physical. Applicants also must pass an agility test consisting of timed tasks representative of firefighting activities. Those who pass those steps then complete over 300 hours of training through the six-month Michigan Firefighters Training Council program. The training is free.

After completing the program, firefighters train 60 hours per year at their assigned station, which is one night a week, with one night each month devoted to business matters rather than training. They must respond to at least 50 percent of the calls for service for the station they are assigned to and for which they are available.

There is an incentive plan for volunteers who have been vested for 10 years of credited service that those who meet eligibility criteria may collect.

“It’s a rewarding way to serve the community,” Dave Roberts said. “A lot of people enjoy that, and we welcome that.”

To apply to serve on the Troy Fire Department, complete an application form available at Troy City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver Road, at any of the Troy fire stations or online at www.troymi.gov/fire. Call (248) 524-3419 with any questions.

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