Fire - Volunteer Recruitment

Belleville Volunteer Firefighters - VFFs

Welcome to The City of Belleville Volunteer Firefighter recruitment process. These guidelines have been designed to provide you with helpful information about our recruitment process, including the standards and requirements that candidates are expected to meet throughout the recruitment process.

To advance through this process, candidates will be required to successfully pass or complete the requirements of each of the individual steps.

Section A - provides a general overview of our recruitment process.

Section B - includes a listing of the required qualifications and documentation that successful candidates must prove and submit prior to starting employment. We urge you to read this information carefully, so that  you are fully prepared for each step. Failure to follow directions or to meet the minimum qualifications at any step of this recruitment process will prevent you from advancing.

Section C - provides general information regarding employment and pre-employment requirements.

Section D - Belleville Volunteer Firefighter Job Profile

City of Belleville - Volunteer Firefighter Application Form


Applying for a position as a Volunteer Firefighter is an open process.  Completed Volunteer Firefighter Application Forms will be accepted by the Belleville Fire and Emergency Services or Human Resources Office, by mail, or in person, at any time throughout the year.


Recruitment Process


Applications available
Volunteer Firefighter Application Form is available on the City’s website under Volunteer Recruitment Process, or in hard-copy from the Human Resources Office.


Applications reviewed
Applications are reviewed and the recruit process will occur, on an as needed basis. Human Resources will forward applications to the Fire Chief to review for recruit process as required.


Invitation to Interview
Is dependant upon service requirements of each individual Hall. Interviews for actively recruiting Halls will be scheduled by Officers assigned to the respective Halls.


Interviews, Written and Physical Agility Skills Tests and Informed Consent Agreement
Interviews and Testing will be scheduled and administered by the Officers as required.


Reference Checks** (See Below)
Candidates must provide a signed Reference Permission Form at the time of interview, in the form attached **Refer to section on references.


Conditional Offer of Employment
Made by Human Resources to recommended candidates immediately following reference checking process.


Submission of required documentation
To be submitted to Human Resources as requested.


Candidate Orientation Assigned to respective Hall(s); Written Offer of Employment provided
Orientation is completed at the specific fire hall and conducted on an ongoing schedule determined by the station commander.


Hall Training following Orientation
Candidates who meet their immediate conditions of employment will be permitted to begin attending training at their respective Halls. They may not participate in Fire Calls until successful completion of core training.


Attainment of Valid “D” Class, with “Z” endorsement licensing
Offers of employment remain conditional pending successful completion of “DZ” driver’s licensing requirement for a period of one calendar year from date of employment.

References: Following the interview and testing process, the Station Commander or Human Resources will conduct confidential work-related reference checks to assess each candidate’s work history, work performance and attendance record. Candidates will be required to provide names and current contact information of two (2) work-related, supervisory references. City of Belleville current employees, an applicant’s spouse/partner, parent, in-laws or other relative are not acceptable references. Candidates are encouraged to provide day, evening or alternate (cell phone) numbers for each of their references, and are expected to contact their references in advance to notify them they may be contacted by City of Belleville personnel for the purpose of providing a reference. Candidates are required to complete (sign) and submit the attached Reference Permission Form which permits the City of Belleville to contact candidate references.

Candidates who receive a Conditional Offer of Employment will be asked by Human Resources to submit the documents set out in Section B, and within the time-lines set out. The offer of employment remains conditional upon the candidate submitting ALL required documentation to Human Resources by the established deadlines. If a candidate fails to submit the required documentation, they will not be hired.

Candidates who do not meet their conditions and/or who fail to attend the scheduled orientation will not receive a Written Offer of Employment.


Candidates who are offered a Conditional Offer of Employment will be required to submit certain documentation to Human Resources.  As noted above, employment is conditional upon receiving the required documentation. Candidates who fail to submit all documentation will not receive a Written Offer of Employment.  See Section D for further information on required documentation.


Qualifications/Documentation (originals must be provided for verification):


Grade 12 Diploma, or equivalent
Equivalency may comprise of work experience, post-secondary, or fire-related education


Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC)
An acceptable report must include Vulnerable Sector Search and must be an original dated within 15 days from date of conditional verbal offer


Volunteer Firefighter Medical Certificate
Must be an original dated within 3 months from date of conditional verbal offer


Driver’s Licence
Current original must be produced; minimum Ontario Valid Class G


Driver’s Abstract
3-year Driver’s Abstract, an acceptable original as issued by the Ministry of Transportation Licensing Office dated within 15 days from date of conditional verbal offer


Social Insurance Card (SIN)
Original must be produced


  1. Costs - All costs related to obtaining required documentation, certificates and medical examinations, shall be the sole responsibility of the candidates.
  2. Confidentiality - All personal information submitted for employment purposes is collected under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Individual Privacy Act (MFIPPA).  No information regarding any applicant will be given without the explicit written permission of the candidate.  During the course of their employment Volunteer Firefighters will also have access to and be responsible for records containing confidential information and/or personal information. Volunteer Firefighters must hold such information confidential, except as may be legally required, and are not disclose or release it to any person at any time.  
  3. Advancement during recruitment process - A candidate may not advance at any step of this recruitment process for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: Candidates who knowingly supply false or misleading information. Candidates who submit incomplete documentation or fail to submit required documentation. Candidates who fail to meet the standards or requirements at any step will not progress.
  4. Maintaining or gaining Professional Credentials - All new Volunteer Firefighters shall be required to successfully pass the requisite training sessions, as scheduled by Fire Services personnel, and to achieve a valid Ontario minimum class “D” Driver’s Licence, with “Z” endorsement, within one-year from their date of hire. In addition to suppression calls, Volunteer Firefighters are expected to attend requisite on-going training offered throughout the year at individual Halls.  All employees are required to maintain the credentials required to perform the job.  It will be the responsibility of the employee to stay current with ‘best practices’, to maintain their  professional knowledge and credentials, and to attend a minimum of 45% of paged fire calls (suppression) and 45% of scheduled training hours in each year.
  5. Hours of Work and Compensation - Volunteer Firefighters are expected to be available for call-out to suppression calls, as the need or emergency arises.  Place of residence and work-location may be a consideration when assigning employees to the respective Halls.  Employees are encouraged to consult with their Station Commander to determine their ability to attend suppression call-outs during their regular working hours.
  6. Volunteer Firefighter Medical Certificate - All new employees will be required to submit a Medical Certificate, completed by their physician, as a condition of  their employment. It is your responsibility to arrange a medical appointment with your physician to meet the documentation deadline as indicated in Section B .  
  7. Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) Check - All employees are required to provide a satisfactory Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) Check.  An acceptable report must include a Vulnerable Sector Search and be an original copy, dated no more than 15 days prior to the date of conditional offer.  If you do not have a current original CPIC Check Human Resources will provide a letter that will allow a CPIC Check to be completed by the Belleville Police Department.
  8. Hall Orientation - Following successful completion of orientation with Human Resources, candidates will be instructed to attend their respective Halls to arrange orientation with their Station Commander.
  9. Withdrawal of Application - At any time during the recruitment process, a candidate may withdraw their application.  A voluntary withdrawal from the recruitment process must be made in writing to:  The City of Belleville Human Resources Department. 169 Front Street, Belleville, ON K8N 2Y8 or email to
  10. Contacts - All questions concerning this recruitment process should be directed to the City of Belleville Fire and Emergency Management at 613-962-2010.


The rewards of being a volunteer Firefighter are extensive. The work is exciting and challenging. Below you will find a summary of key components of the position.

Summary of Duties

  • Responsible for all fire suppression duties necessary to save life and property. Combat, extinguish and/or prevent fires by rapidly and efficiently performing varied duties as required under emergency conditions (frequently involving considerable hazard).
  • Provide emergency medical response and aid; perform rescue/extrication operations where necessary to prevent loss of life or further injury from any cause.
  • Provide service assistance with respect to, but not restricted to the following: police, paramedics and public.
  • Responsible for station maintenance and upkeep of fire fighting equipment and fire department property.
  • Responsible for upgrading and maintaining skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards.
  • Perform duties in fire prevention, public education as assigned.

Work Performance

Fire Emergency

  • Responds to emergency calls.
  • Drives and/or operates any vehicle or equipment as assigned.
  • Performs a variety of rescue related duties to protect the public and lessen severity of injuries.
  • Lays and connects hose; holds nozzles and directs high pressure water streams, raises; climbs and works from ladders, and uses or operates all equipment associated with the control and extinguishment of fire or other incidents.
  • Wears self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing while working in noxious and/or smoke filled environments.
  • Ventilates buildings or areas to release heat, smoke, or fumes.
  • Places salvage covers so as to protect property and prevent water damage.
  • Performs overhaul operations in order to ensure that the fire has been completely extinguished.

Medical Emergency

  • Drives, checks safety of immediate area, brings required medical equipment.
  • Assesses situation/victim by taking medical history, visual and vital signs.
  • Conducts appropriate intervention, including CPR, other first-aid as required.
  • Assists paramedics - conveys information, lifts and carries heavy patients, etc.
  • Manages crowd/by-standers/victim's relatives, etc.

Other Emergencies

  • Performs a variety of rescue related duties to protect the public and lessen severity of injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, confined space entrapment, water hazards, industrial accidents, incidents involving hazardous materials, etc.
  • Assesses and performs extrication of the victim's in motor vehicle accidents.

Non-Emergency Duties

  • Performs various maintenance duties to apparatus, equipment and department property.
  • Participates in departmental training programs to be proficient, knowledgeable and up to date with respect to equipment and procedures for fire fighting, medical and other emergencies.
  • Participates in public relations projects involving visits, demonstrations, parades, etc., as directed.
  • Assists with on the job training of other firefighters.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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