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About Canton Fire Department


The Canton Fire Department is a full-time fire department currently budgeted for 65 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 2018 salary, ranging from $46,708 (starting rate) up to $77,417 (after 5 years).  Canton's current IAFF contract includes a 3% raise in 2019.

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.


Canton Firefighter/Paramedics enjoy the benefit of working with the latest in product technology, including a new 800 mHz radio system, electronic reporting, new apparatus, new monitors and new SCBA's.  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

 Hazardous Search & Rescue Michigan Urban Search & Rescue
 Honor Guard  Special Operations Team Medics