Become a Clay Firefighter

Our Mission
Our mission is “to help others.”

Volunteers Wanted
Whether you are interested in pursuing a career as a firefighter or you desire to serve the community in a part-time capacity, the Clay Fire Territory wants you!
Clay Fire Wants You! Now Recruiting For Our Next Firefighter Academy

Part-Time to Full-Time

Firefighters at Clay Fire begin their service as a part-time firefighter and then have an opportunity to apply for full-time positions with Clay Fire as they become available.

Recruitment & Training

Every year Clay Fire Territory holds a recruit academy that meets 2 to 3 times per week for approximately 9 months. During the Clay Academy, recruits become certified firefighters and EMT's and learn valuable skills that make our firefighters among the best trained in the nation.

Requirements to Apply

  • Be at least 18 yrs of age.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have a valid drivers' license.
  • Reside within 15 miles of Clay, German or Harris Civil Townships in St Joseph County, Indiana.


In order to be accepted to the Clay Fire Academy all applicants must be able to successfully pass the following:
  • Background check
  • Physical ability test
  • Written examination

More Information

Stop by our administrative offices at 18355 Auten Road in South Bend or download the employment application (PDF). For more information, call 574-272-2144.