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Recruitment & Training

The rewards of being a volunteer fire fighter are extensive. The work is exciting and challenging.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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
  • Provide emergency medical response and aid
  • Perform rescue/extrication operations where necessary to prevent loss of life or further injury
  • Provide service assistance with respect to the police, paramedics and the public 

Centre Wellington Fire Rescue is not currently recruiting Volunteer Firefighters for our Elora and Fergus Stations.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer on-call firefighter, consider the following:


Are You:

  • Physically fit and able to work under strenuous conditions
  • Able to attend regular training on week nights and some weekends
  • Able to obtain a DZ class license
  • Able to respond during day time and/or night time emergencies with no prior notice
  • Able to obtain the skills to control fires, assist in medical emergencies, and extricate patients safely

Do You:

  • Live within 3 km from the Elora or Fergus Fire Stations
  • Want to increase your income (Firefighters receive an hourly rate and benefits)
  • Want to learn valuable Life Skills
  • Enjoy helping others in their time of need


For further information on our recruitment program, please contact our Fire Administration Office.

Firefighters are required, by the Ontario Ministry of Labour to train frequently as they often work in hazardous areas where there is a greater risk of injury or accidents to themselves or to the public.

Recruits receive approximately 120 hours of training before they are able to respond to emergencies.

Elora station firefighters train on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. taking the last Monday of every month off of training to attend Fire Department and Association meetings.

Fergus station firefighters train on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. with the last Wednesday of every month off. Fire Department and Association meetings take place after 9 p.m. on regular training nights.

Daytime training sessions occur weekly on Thursdays for both stations to accommodate those unable to attend the evening sessions.

Firefighters respond to:

  • Fire suppression
  • High angle rope rescue
  • Swift water rescue
  • Ice water rescue
  • Auto extrication
  • First aid/medical emergencies
  • Hazardous materials 

Our response area not only includes the Township of Centre Wellington but also encompasses parts of Guelph Eramosa, Woolwich, Mapleton and Wellington North Townships. This map shows you our response area.

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