2011 Auxiliary Practical Testing - Hydrant training, a group of firefighters working on a fire hydrant

Before applying, you should make certain that being a volunteer firefighter is something that will fit in with your family and other obligations you may have.

Auxiliary Firefighter Training Program

The Chatham-Kent Fire Department utilizes an Auxiliary Firefighter Recruitment and Training process.  This process consists of compiling a list of candidates interested in pursuing a volunteer firefighter position.  The number of candidates and frequency of this program is based on the needs of our volunteer stations.  Usually the Auxiliary program is conducted once per year.

The Auxiliary Firefighter program is approximately seven months in duration and consists of 14 training sessions that are attended by all auxiliary candidates and rotated amongst our volunteer stations.  Sessions consist of learning minor to moderate firefighting knowledge and techniques.

Advancement to Volunteer Firefighter

Once an auxiliary candidate has completed the program and if a vacancy is available, the position of Volunteer Firefighter may be offered.  This is dependent on the candidate meeting all requirements as outlined in the Eligibility Guidelines and job description.

Pre-Fire Service Training

Any applicant that has NFPA 1001certification or equivalent is not required to participate in the Auxiliary program. 


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