Would you like to be part of a strong team and promote safety in your community? Willing to respond on weekends, holidays regardless of the weather? Do you have initiative and the ability to follow instructions easily? Are you able to conduct yourself with sensitivity and empathy when people experience difficult and sometimes dramatic situations? If you answered yes to all these questions, you may be an ideal candidate for becoming part of our team as a volunteer firefighter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is previous training or experience required?
No, the Fire Department will provide all necessary firefighting and first aid training. Any relevant past experience or training may help you in the selection process, but we do welcome applications from potential volunteers of any experience level.
Is this a paid position?
Yes, Volunteer Firefighters are paid for emergency responses and attendance at training sessions.
How much time is involved for training?
Our training program consists of a 16-week Recruit Training Program, consisting of one 3-hour session during the week and some scheduled weekends. After successful completion of the program, recruits will attain an international certification in Firefighter NFPA 1001 Level 1. Successful graduates of the recruit program will then join our regular training program, which involves a 2-3 hour practice session held one evening during the week. Additional training sessions are held occasionally on weekends.
How much time is involved for emergency calls?
Emergency calls may happen at any time. We are never sure of the frequency and length of the calls, but on average our firefighters log over 120 hours per year.
Are there physical requirements?
Firefighting is a strenuous job, performed in hostile environments, in extremely stressful situations. It is important that potential volunteers be capable of handling these stresses, both physically and mentally.
Frequent heavy lifting and other “heavy” work is required, all while wearing approximately 80 pounds of protective equipment. Anyone who has acrophobia (fear of heights) or claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) would not be suitable for the job.
We require a letter from a Medical Examination stating that you are physically able to work as a firefighter, as a condition of becoming a volunteer. This will be required once you have advanced to our recruitment process. Additionally, you are required to successfully complete a modified Physical Abilities Test.
How do I apply?
Volunteer application can be obtained by clicking “HERE” or picked up at our Administration Office located at 94 General Manson Way.
Can I still apply if I do not live in the City of Miramichi?
We review all applications received however, we ask that those living in the City of Miramichi to apply. This is to ensure that a reasonable response time be maintained. If you live in an area outside of the city it may prevent a quick response to one of the Fire Stations ( i.e. more than 10 km from one of the stations) you may not be suitable for the position.
What happens after I submit my application?
You will receive a confirmation email within a few days after our administration office receives your application. Recruitment selection process typically occurs during the fall of the year when there are vacancies available. Applications are kept on file for a calendar year.