Scugog seeking to bolster volunteer firefighter ranks in Port Perry, Caesarea

Scugog is looking to add to its volunteer firefighter ranks at both the Port Perry and Caesarea stations and will accept applications from the community until Sept. 8.

The Scugog fire service is considered a composite fire department, with four full-time firefighters working out of the Port Perry station on weekdays and volunteers paged to each emergency call to help out. Volunteers also respond in evenings and on weekends.

“To join our team, a person must have the instinct to help others during difficult times, possess the ability to react and adapt quickly under stressful situations and have personal values that complement our department values: Accountability, compassion, duty, integrity, proficiency, relationships and valour,” said the township in an Aug. 25 posting announcing the recruitment drive.

Scugog describes its volunteer firefighters as physically fit individuals who enjoy learning, working well with and helping others, and welcome new challenges. Responsibilities include fighting fires, performing rescues, giving First Aid, dealing with hazardous materials, protecting property and saving lives.

To be eligible, applicants must live or work within Scugog and be able to quickly attend a fire station when called and also have a valid Ontario G driver’s license or higher; preference may be given to those with a DZ rating. Applicants must also have a good driving record and be prepared to show a statement of their driving record.

A Grade 12 diploma or educational equivalent is necessary and applicants must be able to understand and communicate clearly in English -- both written and oral.

According to Scugog Fire Chief Mark Berney’s 2019 fire report, presented to councillors in June 2020, the fire department, when at approved staff levels, has 65 volunteer firefighters.

In lieu of a recruitment open house due to COVID-19, questions regarding the recruitment process and the requirements to become a volunteer firefighter can be sent to

For additional information or to download an application, visit

Applications can be emailed to or dropped off at the Port Perry fire hall, 30 Crandell St.

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