Become a Volunteer Firefighter


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need previous Firefighter training or experience?
No, we will provide all necessary firefighting and first aid training. Any relevant past experience or training may help you in the selection process, but we do welcome applications from potential volunteers of any experience level.

Is this a paid position?

Yes, Volunteer Firefighters are paid for emergency responses and attendance at training sessions. 

How much time is involved for training? For emergency calls?

Our training program consists of a 12-week Recruit Training Course, one three-hour session per week. Successful graduates of the recruit course will then join the regular training program, which involves two - 3 hour practice session each Month. Additional training sessions are held occasionally on weekends.
Emergency calls may happen at any time and Firefighters are expected to attend as many calls as they can. We are never sure of the frequency and length of the calls but on average, our firefighters log 100 hours per year.

Do you offer any additional training opportunities?

Yes. Additional training opportunities are available and our Fire Department encourages this kind of professional development! Training opportunities include courses at the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst, as well as programs offered by other jurisdictions within the Province. Volunteer firefighters are encouraged to attend these programs, and the costs to attend these courses are covered by the Fire Department.

Are there any physical requirements?

Firefighting is a strenuous job, performed in hostile environments in extremely stressful situations. It is important that potential volunteers be capable of handling these stresses, both physically and mentally.

Frequent heavy lifting and other "heavy" work is required, all while wearing approximately 80 pounds of protective equipment. Anyone who has acrophobia (fear of heights) or claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) would not be suitable for the job.

We require a letter from a Physician stating that you are physically and mentally able to work as a firefighter, as a condition of employment.

How do I apply for a volunteer firefighter position?

The department holds two Open House sessions a year as needed. Attending the Open House is mandatory for all applicants. You may pick up an application package at that time.

If your application is selected, you will be called to complete a physical test, followed by an interview. If selected you will be asked to provide a Criminal/Vulnerable Sector Check (available from any OPP Detachment) as well as a Driver's Abstract (available from the Ministry of Transportation), a complete medical and a note from your employer stating your availability all at your own expense.  


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