Fire & Emergency Services
Amalgamated in 1998, the Chatham-Kent Fire Department brought together firefighters from twenty-three communities, working together to provide a seamless delivery of high quality service to the public. Each station is involved in supporting their community; and the firefighters from each station make contributions of time and effort at emergencies, local events, and Public Education venues throughout the year.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s fire services are provided through a composite department structure.
In order to service the 104,000+ population and a service area exceeding 2,500 km², the Chatham-Kent Fire Service operates 19 fire stations, 80 pieces of apparatus and 450 front line staff.
The staffing of the Chatham-Kent Fire Service consists of 62 full time staff within the suppression division, supported by Fire Prevention and Public Education staff, and six administrative positions. The balance of services are provided by 340 dedicated volunteers who provide fire suppression, as well as community based fire safety education programs.
In addition, the Chatham-Kent Fire Service maintains a High Level/High Angle (Rope Rescue) Team, and a Dive Team. There are a number of strategically placed stations throughout Chatham-Kent that provides water and ice rescue.
The Chatham-Kent Fire Service periodically hires staff for both its full time and volunteer component. The need for hiring results from promotions and retirements within the Fire Service. The advertisement of these vacancies follows our standard municipal hiring practices. The full time and volunteer components have a specific hiring procedure, both of which require testing for physical and agility standards, written tests as well as an interview process.
The job descriptions for firefighters within Chatham-Kent do not require any specific level of higher education. However, the Chatham-Kent Fire Service encourages all applicants to consider improving their knowledge and skill levels by attending college based fire technology programs. Various programs exist throughout Canada and the United States. It has been our experience that these programs have been very beneficial for candidates to secure a position. First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, in addition to a valid DZ driver’s license are some of the basic requirements to secure a career within the Chatham-Kent Fire Service.
For additional information regarding a career in firefighting, we would encourage you to check various websites, community colleges, and associations such as the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.
For the Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services web site please see: http://ckfire.com/
“FIGHTING FIRES THROUGH EDUCATION”