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Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment

Scugog Firefighters are community leaders in fire safety and emergency preparedness.

Why Become a Volunteer Firefighter:

  • Unique opportunity to gain transferrable life skills while giving back to your community.
  • To become a member of a dedicated team.
  • To acquire valuable knowledge and participate in a wide range of specialized training.
  • To promote a safe community by upholding the three lines of defence against fire (public fire safety education, fire safety standards and enforcement and emergency response). 

To join our team, a person must have the instinct to help others during difficult times, possess the ability to react and adapt quickly under stressful situations and have personal values that complement our department values: Accountability, Compassion, Duty, Integrity, Proficiency, Relationships and Valor.

Recruitment Selection Process:

Phase 1: Application submission

Phase 2: Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. At this time, candidates must provide proof of immunization and a copy of a valid Ontario driver's license.

Phase 3: Aptitude, medical and clinical assessment through OFAI Testing Stages One and Two 

Phase 4: Job-Specific Physical Appraisal

Phase 5: Selection and condition of job offers. At this time, candidates must provide a criminal record check and driver's abstract.

Phase 6: Comprehensive recruitment training period


Applications are due by August 30, 2024.

Minimum Qualifications Include:

  • 18 years of age or older and legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Resident of Scugog with availability to respond in a timely fashion, including on weekends and holidays. 
  • Full vaccinations for all of the following: MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Tetanus and COVID-19.
  • No convictions under the Canadian Criminal Code for which a pardon has not been granted.
  • Satisfactory driver's abstract dated within three months of the application date.
  • Prescribed 20/30 uncorrected vision in each eye without corrective lenses, as well as colour vision and unaided hearing.
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) or academic equivalent. 
  • Ability to understand and communicate clearly in English - oral and written.
  • Ability to perform the duties of a firefighter, both physically and mentally, with the utmost regard for both personal and public safety. 
  • Willing to participate in community fire & life safety education events. 

  • Graduate of a Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program from an accredited community college or an equivalent approved learning institute, with valid certifications in NFPA 1001 Firefighter I and II and NFPA 1072 Hazmat Awareness and Operations. 
  • Valid DZ driver's license or equivalent.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR level HCP (Health Care Provider).
  • Post-secondary education and/or specialized skills and trade certifications. 
  • Work experience including previous firefighting or emergency service experience. 
  • Flexible work schedule with the ability to respond to emergency calls at various hours.
  • Fluency in a second language (including sign language). 

  • A Volunteer Firefighter will be expected to successfully complete an 18 month conditional period and should be committed to a program of continuous learning.
  • Volunteer Firefighters will attend scheduled training programs, community events, provide an emergency response, and fulfill assigned weekend summer stand-by commitments. 
  • Volunteer Firefighters are paid an hourly rate for attendance at approved events.
  • Volunteer Firefighters are provided with a pager, full personal protective equipment, station wear and additional coverage through VFIS Insurance.

If you have general inquiries about becoming a Volunteer Firefighter, please email 

We acknowledge the effort each applicant puts into the pursuit of becoming a volunteer firefighter and the desire each possesses in the protection of our community. Thank you for considering joining our Fire Department.

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