Frequently Asked Questions

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Does it Pay?

The Markstay-Warren Volunteer Fire Department firefighters are paid on call and for weekly training.

What commitment is required?

The Markstay-Warren Fire Department holds 4 training meetings per month on Tuesdays from 7-9pm. Of these meetings you are expected to attend a minimum of 70% and 50% of calls.

I work shift work, can I still be a volunteer firefighter?

The Markstay-Warren Fire Department is made up of people who have other jobs. Shift work may make you an ideal candidate since you can respond during the day. If you are unsure if your schedule will work with the fire department, don’t hesitate to contact the fire department.

I am afraid of _______. Does that mean I can’t be a firefighter?

In the department there are always a variety of jobs on scene. Whether it is a fear of heights, or any other things we may come across, the officers are sensitive to the capabilities and fears of every individual.

What Education is required?

The Markstay-Warren Fire Department trains its’ firefighters through in house programs and courses provided by the fire college. Fire service specific training is an asset, but is not required.

How old do I have to be?

The minimum age to join the fire department is 18.

Will I have to rescue people from burning buildings?

Interior attack is a skill which you will be trained on throughout the year. The Markstay-Warren Fire Department uses a probationary period of one year where you will gain all the skills required to operate on a fire scene. Probationary firefighters are not sent to do interior attack.

Are there opportunities for additional training?

The Markstay-Warren Fire Department is connected with a number of fire departments and associations. Individuals who want to be certified as a full firefighter are encouraged to do so and will have opportunities to access training courses.

Can I drive a fire truck?

A DZ license is required to drive the fire trucks as well as an annual sign off for driving the truck through a slalom course. Light trucks can be driven by any G Class Driver.

I am thinking about joining, how do I find out more?

The fire departments practise on Tuesdays at 7pm. Stop by to talk to the firefighters, and see what it is all about.

How do I join?

Submit an application located here at the municipal office or to a firefighter at one of the stations. There will be an interview, and successful candidates will be contacted to receive their PPE and start training. If the stations are full, you will be placed on a waiting list.

 The station in my area is full, can I still apply?

Yes.  If the station in your area has a full complement fo fire fighters you can still apply.  If successful on your interview you will be added to a waiting list if any vacancies occur.