A fire service is only as good as its people, and the TFRS is blessed with exceptional people, in every way. The department attracts dynamic, willling, capable, community minded men and women with an appetite for helping others.
If you are the type of person who enjoys the comradely nature of the fire service and who takes great pride in being of service to others, then we are interested in you.
The Hiring Process
The recruitment of firefighters for the department typically occurs in the spring of each year. While new recruits may not be hired each year depending on retirements and attrition, new recruits were added in 2008 and their pictures will join 2007's new departmental members, shortly.
Applicants must successfully complete a general aptitude exam, testing for their physical ability and successfully undergo an interview process as part of regular selection. Recruits then must take part in a 13 week firefighting orientation course and must complete Firefighting 1 and 2 of the OFM curriculum within the department's specified time period. Recruits are on probation for 6 months and remain on the department if positively assessed.
Firefighters are paid for all training and fire calls. Dress uniforms and station wear are provided by the department and replaced as required. The Tecumseh Fire Rescue Service is not unionized and the Tecumseh Firefighters Association represents the interests of all partial-paid departmental members.
Hiring of additional staff this fall is unlikely and no attrition of personnel is anticipated in 2010.
It is anticipated that there will be two vacancies in 2011 due to retirements of senior personnel. Hiring for these individuals will not occur until the fall of 2011, with start dates for replacement personnel being January 1, 2012. If interested, wait for the posting in the local paper and on this website and submit your application at the designated time.
Promotions to Captain are made on the basis of past behaviour, demonstrable ability and merit. The process includes:
- Submission of resumes and assessment of minimum qualifications,
- Written (closed book) examination,
- Scenario testing for problem solving and critical thinking ability,
- An interview.
The process requires applicants to successfully complete each stage of the process independently in order to proceed. Only those applicants who succeed in meeting the standard for each phase will continue to the interview stage. A company officer program is under consideration which, once implemented, will require Captains to successfully complete the program within a specified time frame.