Rank & File



Paid On-Call Firefighter (POC)

Paid-on-call (POC) firefighters are citizens of White Lake Township who have dedicated themselves to the service of their community. Probationary POC Firefighters must complete extensive training before becoming eligible to repsond in earnest on behalf of the fire department and the community. They must pass a state certified written test and practical exam to receive their Firefighter II classification. They must also pass a written and practical test to receive their National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.

Veteran POC Firefighters are a vital resource and an integral component of the department. POC Firefighters do not work scheduled shifts, instead they respond from their homes at all hours of the day or night, if available.

Responsibilities include:

  • Caring for the sick and injured
  • Fire suppression
  • Driving and operating emergency vehicles
  • Covering stations during an emergency incident
  • Regularly attending department training drills
  • Mentoring subordinates
  • Department details (hose testing, public relation events)


Firefighter

Firefighter is the entry level position within the career or full time ranks. They work 24 hour shifts under the direction of the a company officer. The firefighter conducts vehicle checks and equipment inventory at the start of each shift to ensure all apparatus and equipment are ready for response. The firefighter responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service. 




Responsibilities include:

  • Caring for the sick and injured
  • Fire suppression 
  • Fire apparatus driver/operator
  • Public relations/education
  • Hose testing
  • Gear inventory and repair
  • Continuing education
  • Training
  • Apparatus/equipment and radio maintenance
  • Mentoring subordinates
  • Hazmat/Technical rescue


Sergeant

Sergeant is a supervisor position within the department. The Sergeant works 24 hour shifts under the direct supervision of the shift commander. He/She directly supervises incidents and daily operations in the absence of the shift commander. The Sergeant responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service. 





Responsibilities include:

  • Incident management and mitigation
  • Caring for the sick and injured 
  • Fire suppression
  • Fire safety consultation 
  • Education
  • Fire prevention
  • Fire inspection
  • Fire investigation
  • Records
  • EMS Supplies
  • Hazmat/Technical rescue
  • Training
  • Citizens' academy instruction
  • Mentoring subordinates


Lieutenant

Lieutenant is the head supervisor of his/her shift. The Lieutenant works 24 hour shifts, supervises daily operations and provides incident management for large scale and high risk incidents. The Lieutenant responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service. 






Responsibilities include:

  • Incident management and mitigation 
  • Caring for the sick and injured
  • Fire suppression
  • Daily operations
  • Vehicle inventories
  • Building maintenance
  • Emergency medical services
  • Keeping daily records
  • Mentoring subordinates


Captain

Captain is the highest ranking shift command officer within the fire department. The Captain works 24 hour shifts, supervises department operations and provides incident management for large scale and high risk incidents. The Captain responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, and continuously monitors department training programs and needs. 





Responsibilities include:

  • Incident management and mitigation 
  • Caring for the sick and injured
  • Fire suppression efforts
  • Department operations
  • Department training
  • ISO ratings
  • Technical rescue
  • Citizens' academy instructor
  • Apparatus specification
  • Keeping daily records
  • Mentoring subordinates


Fire Chief

Fire Chief is the highest ranking officer within the department. It takes years of experience and knowledge to achieve this position and responsibility. The chief of the department works a 40 hour shift Monday – Friday.






Responsibilities include:

  • Department administration 
  • Establishing policies and procedures
  • Maintaining the department operating budget
  • Ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Maintaining working relationships with surrounding communities
  • Department liason between the township elected officials and department heads
  • Continuously evaluating the department's ability, and available resources, to meet the needs of the community


FM REV1Fire Marshal

The Fire Marshal is a supervisory position within the department overseeing fire prevention, investigations, and public education.  Additional duties focus on the prevention and reduction of the incidence of fire by fostering increased awareness of fire safety  in the community.  The Fire Marshal works a 40 hour week, Monday – Friday.





Responsibilities include:

  • Fire inspections (liquor license, new business, public shows, fireworks/ explosives, complaints, permit issuance inspections, and general maintenance) 
  • Enforcement (applicable laws, regulations, codes and ordinances relative to the protection of life and property)
  • Fire Investigations (Origin and cause, incident documentation, evidence collection, court testimony as needed)
  • Plan review (Site and construction)
  • Fire Safety Consultation
  • Represents the Fire Department before the Township Board, District or Circuit Court concerning fire prevention matters
  • Citizen complaints
  • Public Fire Education
  • Supervision (Directing, coordinating training, and prioritizing shift Fire Inspector duties)
  • Procedures and Ordinances (works closely with the Township attorney when adopting ordinances, amendments, and later additions of the International Fire Code)
  • Responds to emergency and nonemergency calls as needed


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