Become Part of Our Team

Become Part of Our Team

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. The current hourly rate is $30.45 per hour. The average firefighter income for 2007 was just under $3800.00. As per government legislation, the first $1,000.00 of income is tax-free.

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

Our training program consists of a 10-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 a 2 - 3 hour practice session each Monday evening. 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 125 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 able to work as a firefighter, as a condition of employment.

I live in a neighboring community. Can I still apply?

We ask that only those living in The Blue Mountains apply. This is to ensure that a reasonable response time be maintained.

If you live in an area of the Town which would prevent a quick response to one of the Fire Stations ( i.e. more than 10 km from one of the stations) you may not be suitable for the position.

How do I apply for a volunteer firefighter position?

You may pick up an application package at one of the fire stations or at Town Hall.
You may also download the application on line, by simply clicking on the application icon located on this web page.

In addition to a completed application, you will also need to provide a Police Background Check (available from any OPP Detachment) as well as a Driver's Abstract (available from the Ministry of Transportation). You may also wish to submit a detailed resume, although this is not a requirement.

We also ask that you possess, or be able to acquire, a DZ class driver's license. In order to be eligible to apply for a DZ driver's licence, applicants must:

  • Hold a valid class "G" license
  • Provide a medical fitness certificate
  • Provide a Driver's Abstract

The Fire Department will assist applicants with obtaining this license.

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Contacts

Fire Chief

Fire Chief
519-599-5411 x103
firechief@thebluemountains.ca

Deputy Fire Chief Station 1

Deputy Fire Chief
519-599-5411 x104
depchiefstn1@thebluemountains.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need previous Firefighter training or experience? »»

Is this a paid position? »»

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

Do you offer any additional training opportunities? »»

Are there any physical requirements? »»

I live in a neighboring community. Can I still apply? »»

How do I apply for a volunteer firefighter position? »»

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