The first line of defense is to prevent fires, but in the event of an emergency, Central Elgin firefighters are ready to assist. Fire suppression, auto-extrication, and defibrillation are all services that the team is trained and equipped to provide. They also help with HazMat, technical rescue, and water/ice rescue.

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.

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Qualifications

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.

Duties

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.