Become a Canton Firefighter/Paramedic

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  1. About Canton Fire Department
  2. Community Profile
  3. Hiring Process
  4.  Station information

About Canton Fire Department


The Canton Fire Department is a full-time fire department currently budgeted for 74 sworn Firefighter/Paramedics, with plans to increase staffing over the next several years. Canton is a community-oriented agency, providing professional fire and Advanced Life Support EMS services.

Core Purpose / Core Values

As an organization, the Canton Fire Department exists to serve the residents, businesses and visitors of Canton by providing professional all-hazards incident response including emergency medical services, fire prevention, public education and code enforcement.

Core Values: Professionalism, Excellence, Teamwork, Integrity, Courage

Financial Benefits

Canton Firefighter/Paramedics earn a competitive 2023 salary, ranging from $52,716 (starting rate) up to $87,375 (after five years).  

Canton Firefighter/Paramedics also receive a hybrid MERS pension plan, healthcare, dental, optical and life insurance.

Canton Firefighter/Paramedics are encouraged to continue their education and leadership development with a bargaining unit agreement of up to $800 annual tuition for coursework toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, as well as paid leadership coursework.


  • Up to 432 hours of paid time off per year
  • Six Kelley days
  • 14 paid holidays
  • Food allowance
  • Longevity pay
  • Employee health and wellness program
  • Fitness facilities at all station 
  • Sick time
  • Short and long term disability
  • 24 hour shifts, 53.1 hour work week
  • Summit on the Park membership
  • Discounted rates at Pheasant Run Golf Club


Canton Firefighter/Paramedics enjoy the benefit of working with the latest in product technology, including  electronic reporting, new apparatus, new monitors and new SCBA’s, automated station alerting and computerized mapping.  Firefighter/Medics are also privileged with access to the most advanced training including the Blue Card Incident Command System.


The Canton Fire Department has three fully-staffed stations, operational 24/7. Canton Public Safety’s Headquarters Building is a 33,000 square foot facility that houses Fire Administration, Fire Prevention, Records Bureau, and a premier 911 Communications Center.

Special Units Available To Firefighter/Medics

  • Western Wayne Hazardous Material Response Team
  • Honor Guard
  • Peer Support
  • CPR Instructors
  • Community Engagement
  • Bike Medic Unit 
  • Michigan Urban Search & Rescue
  • Special Operations Team Medics