Fire Chief: Fort Erie ‘has a strong spirit of volunteerism’
The Fort Erie Fire Department issued a call for new recruits and the community didn’t disappoint.
 
The Town of Fort Erie advertised its need for volunteer firefighters through local news media. As a result, the fire department received an impressive 41 applications for volunteer firefighters. Of those applications, 30 people were interviewed, and 22 volunteers have signed on to complete orientation training which will begin on Jan. 24 and continue until May.

 

“We are very pleased that Fort Erie has a strong spirit of volunteerism and we strive to recruit and retain these exemplary individuals with inclusivity and customer service as our focus,” Fire Chief Ed Melanson said.

 

Volunteer firefighting orientation is a demanding process that requires not only physical and mental preparedness but also a tremendous amount of time. A total of 260 hours of training is required to become a volunteer firefighter.

 

After successfully completing the orientation training these recruits will graduate and join the 120 current Fort Erie volunteers.

 

Recruits, both male and female, come from all walks of life including trades, police officers, nurses, paramedics, customs officers, customs brokers, regional employees, town employees and those wishing to become career firefighters in the future.

 

Fort Erie’s fire department also boasts a volunteer public education division that provides fire safety and emergency management information to elementary and secondary schools, senior citizen groups and the public at large during events such as car shows, festivals and Fire Prevention Week.
 

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