BLUEWATER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Bayfield ~ Brucefield ~ Hensall ~ Zurich
Are you interested in becoming a firefighter for the Municipality of Bluewater? The Bluewater Fire Department consists of four stations, located in Bayfield, Brucefield, Hensall and Zurich. Being a
Firefighter is one of the most rewarding and exciting things you can do. It is also a huge commitment and brings a large degree of responsibility.
Studies have shown that Firefighters are considered by the general public to be one of the most trustworthy of all professionals, and are held in the highest regard. It is every firefighter’s responsibility to ensure nothing is done to damage that reputation.
The public calls on our help in their most vulnerable time of need, and we must respond quickly and professionally. That means knowing what to do when we arrive at an incident and doing it properly and efficiently.
For you, that means training, often at an accelerated pace initially, but it is a continuous ongoing process. Things are constantly changing in the Fire Service, and the Firefighter who thinks they know it all and stops training is no longer an asset to the Department, but a liability both to themselves and the other members.
There are no “specialist” positions in the Fire Department where a single member only does a certain job. You will be expected to know how to do everything, and may be called on to perform any task at any time.
If you are selected to become a Firefighter for the Municipality of Bluewater, for the 12 months following your appointment you will be known as a Probationary Firefighter. Your gear will look different than the other firefighters. This is for your own safety. Because, your gear looks different than the other seasoned firefighters it gives the Officers on scene a reminder that you may not be ready for a specific task. Your safety is absolutely paramount, and if you believe you are not
prepared to take on a task you are obligated to tell an Officer. There will be no reprisals for you exercising good judgement to ensure your and other firefighters safety.
Fire practices are a regular occurrence. There is a clear expectation, that though other things in your life are important, few things should come before fire practice. You are entering into an agreement with your neighbour’s, and fellow community members, to protect them. If you are not active at practice with the rest of the other firefighters it makes it difficult at a fire call, and at times impossible for you to work as a team to benefit those in need. The expectation is that you will be at all practices, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Minimum level attendance is required.
Training sessions are held internally on the 2nd and 4th Monday in Zurich, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
in Brucefield and Bayfield and the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in Hensall of each month. Additionally,
there will be times when the Station Chief implements additional training. As a new recruit you will be expected to participate in the IFSTA in-house training. This would be both the theory part of the program along with the physical component.
Any recruitment joining after July 1, 2019 will have 24 months to become a certified fire fighter as per the Ontario Fire Marshall and Emergency Management’s regulations. External training courses and testing will be offered to aid you in the certification process. The Bluewater Fire Department will take every available opportunity to assist you in achieving this goal.
You are also required to obtain your “D” license with Z (air brake) endorsement within the first year of becoming a full member of the department.
As indicated training is mandatory and a minimum level of attendance must be maintained.
Volunteer Firefighters are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When the pager tones out an alarm, there should be no question about whether or not you feel you will respond. There is no such thing as a false alarm. The other 21 Firefighters expect you to be there for their safety, and if you are available, you go. Your attendance at practices and at calls will be reviewed on an annual basis. The expectation is that you will meet the minimum threshold. The Fire Department requires your active participation if we are to serve our communities effectively. If at any time you believe you need to discuss matters that may be keeping you from attending practices and/or calls you are encouraged to be proactive and speak with your Station Chief.
Apart from training and call-outs, there are a number of public events that the Fire Department participates in. These may include, but are not limited to: Spring/Fall Fairs, Santa Clause parades, Fire Prevention Programs at the Schools, Firefighters Breakfast, Remembrance Day and other public and
Fire Department events. The Station Chiefs will work with you to facilitate participation in some or all of these events.
Firefighting is a challenge, and it sounds like a big bite to chew. It is... but it is also the most self-satisfying thing you will ever do. The camaraderie between Firefighters, the group effort to get even the simplest task done, and the adrenaline rush that surges through your body when the pager sounds gets into your blood, and never goes away. It certainly is a job to be proud of doing.
In the long run, you will find that you get a lot more out of the position than you ever believed possible.
If you think you have the skills, aptitude and the dedication to serve your community as a Firefighter, the municipality would welcome your application. Please click on the following link to download the application:
Application - Volunteer Firefighter
Completed applications can be submitted to the municipal office:
14 Mill Avenue, Zurich ON, N0M 2T0
Thank you for your interest, and be safe!