Volunteers must be a full-time resident of Gander, a minimum of 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license and vehicle, pass a pre-admission medical, and are also required to have a criminal records check completed prior to admission. Volunteers can expect to be actively participating in a comprehensive training program which will challenge them both mentally and physically. He or she can gain excellent skills in various aspects of emergency response, experience teamwork at its best, enjoy the social benefits of the organization, and gain great personal satisfaction in helping to protect and save both lives and property in their community.  


Volunteers with Gander Fire Rescue are required to attend a minimum number of training periods, which are reviewed quarterly. Regular training is scheduled on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Each member is expected to attend 12 training periods each quarter, or 50% of the scheduled time. As a Firefighter gains experience and seniority, this time requirement is lowered. In addition to the time scheduled throughout the week, various training opportunities are presented on weekends, such as emergency medical care, vehicle extrication courses, or pump operator courses. The Department conducts its training based on the International Fire Service Training Association curriculum, which has been accepted by the Province under the equivalency program for certification of Firefighters. Firefighters are all First Aid and CPR trained, and most have an opportunity to receive oxygen therapy, specialized driver training, driver's license upgrades, transportation of dangerous goods, and other specialized training programs through the Department. The time commitment over and above the minimums are at the discretion of the Firefighter; however, the benefits of this training can extend into both the personal and employment needs of the Volunteer.   Applicants are required to authorize a criminal records check through the RCMP. They will also be required to pass a Fire Department medical once the Application is accepted. A one-year probationary period will be in effect from the date of start of service. Members of the Department are expected to attend a minimum of 12 training nights out of each 24 training nights, each quarter. Members should achieve NFPA Level I Firefighter within 18 months following their probationary period, and Level II Firefighter within 30 months after their probationary period. Gander Fire Rescue, The Town of Gander and each and every community citizen thanks you for your interest. For more information, contact Gander Fire Rescue at 709-256-8887 or drop by the fire hall on Raynham Avenue. Contact Information:

Gander Fire Rescue P.O. Box 84 Gander, NL, A1V 1W5 Tel: 709-256-8887 Fax: 709-256-4172

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