January 2, 2019
Each year the Fort Erie Volunteer Firefighters recruits to add to its rapidly growing roster. Over the past few years the response from the public has been tremendous, and we are one of a handful of municipalities that has not had to struggle to find suitable recruits. This reflects on our strong leadership within the volunteer firefighters and the sense of community that has successfully been built.
The Town of Fort Erie advertised for volunteer firefighters and had an impressive 41 applicants! Out of these 41 applicants 30 were interviewed and 22 progressed to orientation which will begin January 24 and extend until May.
Volunteer firefighting orientation is a demanding process that requires not only physical and mental preparedness but also a tremendous amount of time. A total of 260 hours of training is required to become a volunteer firefighter. This training includes: NFPA 100 1 Firefighter and II and NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Response Operations Level.
Fort Erie also boasts a volunteer public education division that provides fire safety and emergency management information to elementary and secondary schools, senior citizen groups and the public at large during events such as car shows, festivals and Fire Prevention week.
“We are very pleased that Fort Erie has a strong spirit of volunteerism and we will strive to recruit and retain these exemplary individuals with inclusivity and customer service as our focus“ stated Fire Chief Ed Melanson.
After successfully completing the orientation training these recruits will graduate and join the 120 current Fort Erie volunteers.
Recruits both male and female come from all walks of life including trades, police officers, nurses, paramedics, customs officers, custom brokers, regional employees, town employees and those wishing to become career firefighters in the future.