Volunteer Firefighter Application
We are currently accepting applications for Volunteer Firefighters. The application deadline: June 30, 2017.
The Fort Erie Fire Department is inviting applications from persons at least 18 years old who are interested in serving the community as Volunteer Firefighters.
Why Be a Volunteer Firefighter?
It’s a valid question. You may know someone who is in the Kinsmen, Rotary or Optimist Club. Some of our volunteers chose the Fire Department as a way to serve the community. Others enjoy the camaraderie of working – and playing – with a great group of people. Still others value the training that we provide. It’s a way to broaden their skills and improve their career opportunities.
What are the Benefits?
Besides being a great way to serve your community, being a volunteer firefighter has a number of benefits. As a volunteer, you will receive an honorarium at year-end based on the number of points (hours) during training, emergency calls and community functions.
Every volunteer, spouse and dependents are provided with a nominal amount of life insurance. Volunteers are also insured against accident and illness resulting from firefighting. We also make available a counseling program to volunteers and their immediate family members.
Volunteers are also trained in first aid, CPR, vehicle and water rescue and hazardous materials handling. We’ll upgrade you drivers’ license to DZ. Not to mention regular, ongoing training in firefighting.
How Do I Join?
The first step to becoming a volunteer firefighter is completing an application. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Every year, we review the number of active firefighters in each of our six districts. Sometimes we need to add a few new members sometimes we don’t.
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are interviewed and tested. To be appointed as a new recruit, you must:
- Provide a Certificate of Medical Fitness;
- Provide a Certificate from the Niagara Regional Police (criminal record check) satisfactory to the Corporation;
- Successfully complete a Physical Fitness Testing; and
- Successfully complete the recruit training.
After successfully completing recruit training, candidates begin a 12-month probationary period during which time there are additional evaluations. Recruit training is conducted weekends and some weeknights.