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Municipality starts first firefighter recruitment drive since 2007

(Meghan Groff/NEWS 95.7)

HALIFAX – Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency has put the call out for new recruits after Regional Council approved a new recruit selection process for the department earlier this week.

Phil McNulty, executive officer with Halifax Fire and Emergency, said it’s the first time since 2007 that the service has launched a recruitment drive for new career firefighters.

“We underwent a review of the process and removed all the barriers that prohibited people from applying, so we basically levelled the playing field to make it more available,” he said.

Interested applicants must be at least 18-year-old, have a grade 12 education or equivalent, a class 5 Nova Scotia drivers license or an equivalent from another province and must also be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Post-seconday certification and recruitment fees have been removed because they often cost applicants thousands of dollars, according to McNulty, who said HRFE formerly asked for a NFPA level 1 certification, but that is no longer the case.

Information sessions for potential recruits kicked off on Thursday night, with five more scheduled at the following locations:

  • Saturday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Dartmouth Sportsplex (Common Room), 110 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth
  • Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Halifax Forum (Multipurpose Centre), 2901 Windsor St., Halifax
  • Saturday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Prospect Road Community Centre (Multipurpose Room), 2141 Prospect Rd., Hatchett Lake
  • Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m. -3:30 p.m. – Black Cultural Centre, 10 Cherry Brook Rd., Cherry Brook
  • Monday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – St. Andrew’s Community Centre, 3380 Barnstead Lane, Halifax
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