East Zorra-Tavistock

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General Duties

At no time shall an auxiliary be assigned a hazardous responsibility, but tasks may include a response to a fire, rescue or other emergency, and only when working in tandem with an experienced firefighter.

  •  lay & connect hose lines, nozzles & other related appliances
  • man a fire hose & direct streams
  • carry, raise & climb ladders
  • operate rescue equipment
  • perform salvage work at fire and emergency scenes using salvage covers, vacuums, brooms, etc. when required
  • assists in cleaning fire-fighting equipment upon return to the station after an emergency call or a practice
  •  attends regular training sessions to practice existing procedures and to learn and practice new firefighting and rescue methods
  • assist in cleaning and maintaining areas of the fire station & grounds
  • assists with the fire prevention program
  • participate in association events
  • other duties as assigned by the District Chief
Township of East Zorra-Tavistock

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock Fire Department has established an Auxiliary Firefighter program with the goal to prepare potential firefighters to step into department openings in a more prepared and trained fashion. The basic structure of the program would be to help prospective firefighters complete at least Firefighter 1 of the NFPA Firefighter Curriculum, attend regular training sessions in the stations, and in specific situations, help with drawn out, labour intensive events that have tasks that are non-life threatening. The overall goal will be to train new firefighters at a high level, create an opportunity to evaluate the firefighter before offering potential employment, and help sustain department rosters at a higher operating level. By formalizing a process for pre-training, the Township is able to offer insurance protection to the auxiliaries, and better protect the Township.

As openings appear on a department, the most qualified applicant in the respective district (based on knowledge, skill, availability & participation) at that time may be offered a probationary position. The applicants must live or work within the respective district they have applied for, or with the Township Chief’s approval, within a reasonable distance to the Firehall (approximately 5-8 minutes travel time.) There is no guarantee that employment will be offered to all auxiliary members.
Auxiliary members of the Fire Department will receive no remuneration, except expenses, during this time period. Once offered a probationary position, $1500 will be paid to a firefighter who has completed a regional recruit training program (approximately 125 hours). Costs of taking these courses are covered by the Township. All other expenses, (medicals, D-Z licenses) are the responsibility of the auxiliary member.

Firefighters that have left the fire service for more than 4 years will be required to re-apply through the auxiliary program, and will be required to complete Firefighter 1 of the NFPA curriculum again. Returning firefighters that have completed an equivalent program during that time period will not be required to do the recruit training, but will submit their completed training certificates to the pro board for review.

All auxiliary firefighters must have completed applications and be recorded at the Township office with a firm start date to ensure proper insurance coverage has been provided for them. Auxiliaries must attend 50 % of the yearly scheduled practices to remain on the auxiliary list.

General Auxiliary Firefighter Responsibilities

Auxiliaries are expected to regularly participate in training sessions at their respective departments and occasionally assist in non-life threatening events as per the Officer in command. Auxiliary firefighters may also participate in other activities such as fire prevention/education, station maintenance and care, and other association events. 

General Duties

At no time shall an auxiliary be assigned a hazardous responsibility, but tasks may include a response to a fire, rescue or other emergency, and only when working in tandem with an experienced firefighter.

  • lay & connect hose lines, nozzles & other related appliances
  • man a fire hose & direct streams
  • carry, raise & climb ladders
  • operate rescue equipment
  • perform salvage work at fire and emergency scenes using salvage covers, vacuums, brooms, etc. when required
  • assists in cleaning fire-fighting equipment upon return to the station after an emergency call or a practice
  • attends regular training sessions to practice existing procedures and to learn and practice new firefighting and rescue methods
  • assist in cleaning and maintaining areas of the fire station & grounds
  • assists with the fire prevention program
  • participate in association events
  • other duties as assigned by the District Chief

Requirements

  1. Must be 18 years of age.
  2. Must pass a medical exam.
  3. Must attend pre-employment interviews as required by the Chief.
  4. Must live or work within the responding area or a reasonable distance to the firehall as approved by the Township Chief.
  5. Must provide a current criminal background check.
  6. Must be willing to work in adverse conditions

Auxiliary Firefighter Application Form 

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