The County of Brant Fire Department has begun their 2023 recruitment process to hire new recruits for their eight stations.
The community relies on volunteer firefighters to respond to a number of different emergency situations including fires, car accidents and medical calls.
Similar to last year’s recruitment, the fire department is hiring on extra hands to train for the opening of the new Paris station scheduled to be completed in late 2023 or early 2024.
County of Brant Council approved the new location, planned for the community’s north-end near Grand River Street North and Scott Avenue, late last year. It is estimated to cost about $4.5 million, including trucks and equipment.
The County is looking for candidates that “have good character, are strongly motivated, are able to take direction, are a team player and who exhibit a positive attitude.”
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have completed high school, or have equivalent education and experience, with good oral and written communication skills, hold a valid driver’s license and be able to obtain (at a later date) a class “D” license with “Z” endorsement, and be of sound mind and body as required to perform and learn the duties of a firefighter.
While prior training or experience may be considered an asset, it is not required.
In order to be admitted as a volunteer firefighter with the County of Brant Fire Department, candidates must live within 8 km to a station.
Applications for the positions close on Sunday, March 5. After submitting their applications, candidates are encouraged to attend one of two information nights to learn about the full recruitment process: Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. or Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Cainsville Station.
The County of Brant is home to eight fire stations, which are staffed by 185 volunteer firefighters. Halls are located in Paris, Burford, Cainsville, Mt. Pleasant, Onondaga, St. George, Scotland and at the Brantford Airport.