Covert Township Fire Department is accepting applications for a Full time Firefighter / Paramedic and a Part Time Firefighter/ EMT. These positions are anticipated to have a start date in October 2020. Minimum qualifications include: Michigan FF I & II, Haz-Mat Ops, valid Michigan Driver’s License, and Michigan licensed EMT or higher, Paramedic preferred.

Covert Township is located just south of South Haven Michigan in Van Buren County. The Covert Township Fire Department covers 36 square miles of response area that includes 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, I-196, M-140 Hwy, Palisades Nuclear Power plant, a gas generating power plant and a large agricultural area that is known for its blueberry production.

The Covert Township Fire Department is a combination department that has 7 career positions that is complimented by both part time and paid on call staff. We provide ALS transport service as well as an all hazards response fire department. The department operates out of a 20,000 square foot public safety building that was completed in 2017.

Career employees receive MERS defined benefit retirement plan, opportunity to contribute into a supplemental retirement plan, Blue Care Network health insurance, dental, and vision plans. Staffing is done on a 24 hour modified Kelly shift rotation.

Applications may be mailed to Covert Township Fire Department, P.O. Box 5 Covert MI 49043, or dropped off at the Fire Station located at 33805 M-140 Highway in Covert, no later than 6pm August 21, 2020. Any mailings post marked after August 21, 2020 will not be considered. For more information, please visit, or like us on Facebook.

 Applications submitted via Facebook will not be accepted.

Please keep the following dates open for this process:

Monday August 10 – Friday August 21 @ 1800                    Application Period

Saturday September 5 @ 0900                                               Physical Agility Test

Saturday September 5 @ 1300                                              Written test

Friday September 18                                                               Interviews

Applications can be found here.  

Anticipated start date of October 2020.

Questions can be emailed to: Captain J. Wild at




If you would like to print the Application and Background forms for a Paid On-Call Fire Fighter click here

The Covert Township Fire Department is seeking dedicated Men and Woman for the position of Paid On-Call Fire Fighter.



Must be 18 years of age or older.


The applicant must live within a reasonable distance to Covert Township.


Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State driver's license without record of suspension or revocation in any State. The applicants drivers license must remain valid throughout employment. The applicant must also maintain a good driving record while employed.


Background checks examine the character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and overall ethical patterns of applicants. Checks can include a criminal history search, review of credit reports and driving records, verification of employment history, education, professional references, professional licenses held, drug testing and possibly fingerprint records. These examinations of applicants' past behavior assist in eliminating from the employee ranks people who could possibly be risks, and harm personnel or the public. Beyond protecting our equipment and facilities, background checks of potential employees help us maintain our stature as a community trusted and respected by the public. Applicants must have no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the past ten (10) years.


This is an entry level position and does not require previous experience. Any previous experience or education, including full time, on call, or volunteer firefighting or emergency medical work may be weighed in favor of the applicant.

Must be of good moral character and of temperate and industrious habits.

Must be able to read and write the English language.

Applicants hired without previous training or experience will be sent to a fire academy for certification.


There are several steps involved in the hiring of applicants for the Covert Township Fire Department.

  • Complete Covert Township Fire Department application and background check forms
  • Review of completed forms
  • Interview
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Background check

The Covert Township Fire Department is a Equal Opportunity employer which complies with Federal and State standards pertaining to equal employment opportunity for all citizens It is the policy of the Covert Township Fire Department to employ equal opportunity on an affirmative basis to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regards to race, color, creed, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, veteran status, national origin or disability. Michigan law requires that a handicapper/individual with a disability needing accommodation for employment notify the employer in writing, within 182 days after the need is known.