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City of Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department

100 South Lake St.
Ishpeming, Michigan 49849

Non-Emergency Phone:


Jason Annala, Fire Chief

Volunteer Firefighters are always needed

Volunteer Firefighters are often needed in the city of Ishpeming. We operate out of one station located in downtown Ishpeming. We protect 6,500 of our residents and respond to a variety of emergencies day and night.

If you have ever wondered about becoming a Volunteer Firefighter and have some extra time to devote to your community, this is a great opportunity. You’ll become a part of a new family and serve your community as well.

You are not required to possess any firefighting or emergency response experience or certifications in order to apply for employment as a Volunteer Firefighter. However, all persons applying for employment must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Must hold a valid Michigan driver’s license (or have the ability to obtain one prior to acceptance)
  • Must pass all background checks.
  • Must obtain Firefighter 1 & 2 State of Michigan certification within 2 years of hire.


The Volunteer Application Process consists of the following:

  • Submit application for employment as a Volunteer Firefighter, applications can be picked up or downloaded here: City of Ishpeming Employment Application
  • Undergo an Oral Interview
  • Submit to Criminal Background Check
  • Undergo Drug Screening
  • Undergo Medical Physical Exam

The city of Ishpeming Fire Department is always looking for new Firefighters. New volunteer Firefighters attend approximately 150 hours of training starting in January, finishing up in June. You must pass the State of Michigan Firefighter 1 & 2 written and practical testing to continue employment with the city as a Volunteer Firefighter within two years of hire.

If you have questions or would like clarification about any part of the Volunteer Firefighter application process, please call the Ishpeming Fire Department at (906)486-4426 and speak with the Fire Chief.



Our Mission: To minimize the exposure of the City of Ishpeming to the consequences of Fire and Environmental Emergencies through Prevention, Planning and Response.

 Our Vision:  A complete emergency services organization dedicated to professionalism, teamwork and excellence.

Our Values and Beliefs:

The citizens of the City of Ishpeming are valued as customers for the services we provide. They deserve our best effort every time we respond to their emergencies. They are to be treated with dignity and professionalism at all times.

To maintain the highest level of ethical standards, integrity and professionalism, in every aspect of our service. No matter how fast-paced or pressure filled our mission of service may be, all our efforts must be thoughtfully planned and executed within the spirit of time proven principals and values, to falter in any way would be unthinkable.

We believe that the Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department has a role in all programs that impact the safety of our citizens, visitors, property and environment. It is our responsibility to constantly improve existing programs and to look for additional means to minimize the loss of life and property within our jurisdiction.

We believe that a prevention effort through public education, code development and enforcement, community planning and investigation is the best way to reduce the impact of fire and environmental emergencies.

Employees are the department’s most valued resource. Their involvement in decisions that affect the organization is the best way to assure continued improvement and attainment of excellence.

These are the cornerstones of the Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department philosophy.

Phone: (906)485-1091  •  Fax: (906)485-6246  •  City Hall: 100 E. Division Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849
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