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What is it like being a volunteer firefighter?

As a volunteer firefighter in our community, you will learn the basic skills required to respond to emergencies. You will also be expected to perform firefighting duties and other related work, participate in community events, respond to emergencies, and participate in training.

If you like helping people and serving your community, appreciate continuous learning and are physically fit, you may be an ideal candidate for a position as a volunteer firefighter.

What qualifications do you need to become a volunteer firefighter?

  • A valid driver’s license (minimum class 5)
  • A clean criminal record check
  • 19 years of age
  • A driver’s abstract demonstrating a safe driving record.
  • Ability to communicate in English.
  • Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.
  • Normal vision and hearing and be physically and medically fit.

How can I apply?

Please feel free to contact the Fire Chief at the Town of Truro Fire Service if you want to gain more information on volunteer opportunities within the department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need the experience to join?

A: No experience is necessary to join the Truro Fire Service. All training will be provided once your application is accepted.

Q: How much time do I have to devote as a volunteer?

A: You can expect an average of 15–20 hours of training, emergency responses, and meetings per month.

Q: Do I have to fight fires?

A: Yes, but we need members with all skills and abilities. While fighting fires is our main responsibility, there are many other positions on fire scenes ranging from traffic control, firefighter accountability, and different supportive roles.

Q: Is being a volunteer firefighter physically demanding?

A: Yes, firefighting is physically demanding. You must be able to drag a hose and carry ladders while using tools and wearing 70 lbs of protective gear.

Q: What are some of the things I might have to do as a volunteer firefighter?

A: You will need to work from heights, climb ladders, work in tight spaces, drag and carry a hose and tools and respond to and work in all types of weather.

Q: What if I get hurt while on a scene or at training?

A: All volunteer firefighters are covered by a comprehensive insurance package and WCB should they be injured in the performance of their duties, whether on the scene, at training, or at the station.

For more information contact

Truro Fire Service
165 Victoria Street
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada B2N 1Z4

Phone: (902) 895-4437

Please visit Truro Volunteer Fire Brigade.