Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services periodically hires staff for both its full time and volunteer divisions. The need for hiring results from promotions and retirements within the Department. The advertisement of these vacancies follows standard municipal hiring practices. The full time and volunteer divisions have specific hiring procedures, both of which require testing for physical and agility standards, written tests, as well as an interview process.
However, CKFES encourages all applicants to consider improving their knowledge and skill levels by attending college-based fire technology programs. Various programs exist throughout Canada and the United States. It has been our experience that these programs have been very beneficial for candidates to secure a position. First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, in addition to a valid DZ driver’s license are some of the basic requirements to secure a career within Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services.
Some community colleges in Ontario offer programs in fire protection, fire prevention or fire protection engineering. Being enrolled in one of these types of programs may be of benefit to you. Contact the Ministry of Education and Training to enquire about current information on college programs or visit your local colleges and speak with the coordinators.
The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office (OFM) and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs have developed a new program to deliver a part-time and full-time Enhanced Pre-service Firefighter Education/Training Program. Please refer to the Ontario Fire Marshal’s website for further information.