Our 2023 Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Open Houses have begun! Join us on: Tuesday, September 12 at 7pm (Port Stanley Fire Station - 5120 Sunset Drive) and Saturday, September 16 at 10am (Belmont Fire Station - 206 Caesar Road)
Are you one who wishes to give back to your community? Do you enjoy learning new skills that will aid in assisting the public in their time of need. As a volunteer Central Elgin firefighter you will not only feel rewarded with giving back and learning new skills, but you will also be educating the community in areas of fire safety, emergency preparedness, water safety, farm safety and a variety of other topics.

If you are physically fit and healthy, with a drive and determination to get tasks completed in a busy and hectic environment, and have a willingness for continued education, we would be happy to hear from you!

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The Fire Department has 4 active fire stations located in Belmont, Port Stanley, Union and Yarmouth. We are fortunate to have over 100 volunteer firefighters that help keep Central Elgin safe.


To become a part-time firefighter, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have legal entitlement to work in Canada
  • Be a resident of Central Elgin
  • Have a high school graduation diploma (OSSD) or academic equivalent
  • Be able to understand and communicate in English under stress
  • Have an Ontario class G driver's license and a good driving record (provide a recent drivers abstract within 30 days)
  • Submit a Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening

It is also recommend that you:

  • Have a CPR and First Aid certificate
  • Have an Ontario class D driver's license with Z air brake endorsement
  • Are capable of handling intense and sustained physical activity

Recruitment Process

If you become a volunteer firefighter with Central Elgin, you will need to:

  1. Attend an interview
  2. Attend an orientation session
  3. Take aptitude screening
  4. Pass an occupational physical assessment and acrophobia test
  5. Submit supporting documentation

Once you've completed all steps, you will be offered a position on a probationary basis. You must then complete the one-year training program.


Every day, firefighters are called to serve the public and protect citizens in a time of crisis. This process involves:

  • Preventing, combating and extinguishing fires
  • Answering emergency calls
  • Operating and maintaining fire equipment, apparatus and quarters

These duties require extensive training in firefighting, technical rescue, hazardous materials and emergency medical care. You will need to operate apparatus and perform dangerous assignments in emergency conditions.