Brant fire department seeks recruits
Brantford Expositor

The Brant County volunteer fire department has launched a recruitment drive.

“We’ve had a lot of our members retire after decades of service and we’re looking to replace them with new volunteers,” Fire Chief Geoff Hayman said.

“It’s a great way to give back to the community and it’s an opportunity to get training in a lot of areas, including fire suppression, emergency first aid and water rescue.

“There’s also the camaraderie, working with other like-minded people helping those in distress.”

The department now has 185 firefighters and eight stations – Paris, Airport, Burford, Cainsville, Mount Pleasant, Onondaga, St. George and Scotland.

The department is looking for up to 24 new recruits. The screening process includes a written aptitude test, an interview, physical and mental abilities screening tests, as well as reference checks.

Once accepted into the department, recruits must pass a recruitment training program and serve as a probationary firefighter for one year. Firefighters are expected to attend training nights and continue to update and advance their training.

In past years, the fire department would have an information night for potential new recruits. But COVID-19 got in the way of those plans this year so the county has instead put together a video and an information package. The information can be found at .

The volunteer firefighter application form can be found at .

To submit an application form, visit .

Paper copies are available at the fire administration building at 61 Dundas St. E., Paris.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 2.

An orientation session, which would include being fitted for gear, is tentatively scheduled to take place on Nov. 17.

New recruits are tentatively scheduled to start Dec. 1.

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