Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Info

Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Information 

Recruitment is now closed.

Lincoln Fire Rescue and Emergency Services has a proud tradition and is highly respected in the community.  Should you be accepted, you will be joining a long line of men and women who have demonstrated dedication, service, compassion, and integrity in the protection of life and property within the Town of Lincoln.

Downloadable Recruitment Guide

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the position of Volunteer Firefighter MUST:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of the Town of Lincoln
  • Possess a valid Ontario driver’s licence at a class “G” level or greater at the time of application, with a good driving record
    • Candidates will be required to produce a current Ministry of Transportation driver’s abstract
  • Have no previous criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted
    • Candidates will be required to undergo a police records check
  • Be medically fit to perform the duties of firefighter
    • Candidates will be required to produce a Volunteer Firefighter Medical Evaluation Report from their physician.
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties of firefighter
    • Candidates will be required to successfully complete a version of  the Fire Ontario Firefighter Screening Service Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  • Have a reliable means of transportation to respond to alarms
  • Be willing and able to respond to an acceptable number of emergency calls (25%)
  • Be willing and able to meet the attendance requirements of the fire department training program
    • Currently, 53 hours of regularly scheduled training annually

The following are not required, but will be considered definite assets:

  • Availability to respond to calls over the daytime hours during the work week
  • Current Standard First Aid and/or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificates
  • Class A, B, C, or D Ontario driver’s license, preferably with “Z” endorsement
  • Previous firefighting experience
  • Related training or experience (medical, skilled trades, coaching, etc.)


Hiring Process

1. Attend an Information Session

  • No registration required.  Simply attend the session that is most convenient for you during the scheduled dates
  • The Information Sessions include a short presentation on what the job of a volunteer firefighter involves and an overview of the firefighter recruitment process
  • There is an opportunity to tour the fire station, view the fire trucks and equipment, talk to firefighters informally, and have any questions answered
  • Application forms for the position of Volunteer Firefighter will be available ONLY at each of the Information Sessions

2. Complete & Submit Application

  • Completed Application Form for the Position of Volunteer Firefighter forms may be emailed, mailed or delivered to:

Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment
Attention: Jacqueline Buchanan
Lincoln Fire Rescue and Emergency Services
4800 South Service Road
Beamsville, ON  L0R 1B1

3. Aptitude Appraisal

  • Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements will be invited to advance to the Aptitude Appraisal stage of the hiring process
  • The Aptitude Appraisal will be scheduled for those who qualify
  • Consists of 50 multiple choice questions designed to measure the following fundamental skills essential to the job of firefighting
    • Ability to understand written and/or verbal information
    • Technical and mechanical skills
    • Reading, reasoning, judgment, orientation and mathematical skills
  • Applicants must achieve a passing grade of 70% or greater on the Aptitude Appraisal to be considered for advancement to the next stage of the hiring process.

4. Interview 

  • The information contained in each Application for the Position of Volunteer Firefighter, as well as the Aptitude Appraisal scores will be considered in order to select the applicants who will be invited to an interview
  • Interviews will be scheduled
  • The interview panel will consider each applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to select suitable candidates to advance to the next stage of the hiring process

5. Eligibility Verification 

  • Candidate obtains and submits a current Driver’s Abstract from the Ministry of Transportation (at the Applicant’s Expense)
  • Candidate undergoes a police records check and vulnerable sector search and submits a Clearance Certificate from the Niagara Regional Police Service (at the Applicant’s Expense)
  • Candidate provides Volunteer Firefighter Medical Evaluation Criteria to his/her physician and submits a completed Volunteer Firefighter Medical Evaluation Report from the physician (at the Applicant’s Expense)
  • Candidate completes the selected version of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) at Fire Ontario in St. Catharines, Ontario.  The CPAT assesses the candidate’s physical ability to perform the normal tasks required of firefighter, and consists of the following components:
    • Stair Climb
    • Hose Drag
    • Equipment Carry
    • Ladder Raise and Extension
    • Search
    • Rescue
    • Ceiling Breach and Pull
    • Forcible Entry
    • Acrophobia Test (in addition to the CPAT)

It is strongly recommended that candidates visit the Fire Ontario Firefighter Screening Services website for information about preparing for the CPAT.

Selected applicants may make one attempt at the selected version of the CPAT at the Town of Lincoln’s expense.  If unsuccessful on the first attempt, Fire Ontario will allow the applicant one re-attempt on the same day for a fee of $100 (at the Applicant’s Expense).

The selected version of the CPAT will be schedueled for those who qualify.

Only the Fire Ontario Physical Ability Tests completed on the date of testing scheduled by the Town of Lincoln will be accepted.  CPATs, or any other physical abilities tests completed on different dates, or from other institutions will not be accepted.

6. Appointment

  • Qualified candidates who best fulfil the needs of Lincoln Fire Rescue and Emergency Services will be offered positions as Probationary Firefighters in late January or early February 2019 
  • The mandatory start date for new firefighters will be scheduled
  • Other qualified candidates may be placed on a wait list to fill future vacancies
  • Candidates who accept a position as a Probationary Firefighter with Lincoln Fire rescue & Emergency Services are required to sign a Volunteer Firefighter Service Agreement, and hired on a probationary basis for a period of one calendar year


Lincoln Fire Rescue and Emergency Services is committed to a philosophy of life-long learning. Our training program is essential to the success of our department.  Active participation in the training program by all firefighting staff ensures that our team works effectively, efficiently, and most importantly safely!

  • Newly hired firefighters undergo a comprehensive recruit training program
  • In addition to training in firefighting techniques, firefighters also receive instruction and certification in first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), airway management, oxygen therapy, and defibrillation
  • The Lincoln Fire Rescue and Emergency Services training program follows the NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level 1 and Level 2 Program, identified by the Office of the Fire Marshal
  • In order to maintain an acceptable level of knowledge and skills proficiency, there is a requirement to attend at least 53 hours of training annually
  • Personnel meet each week for equipment checks and training between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
    • Stations 1 and 3 meet each Tuesday evening 
    • Stations 2 and 4 meet each Thursday evening
  • In addition to the regular weekly training schedule, an abundance of opportunities to participate in additional training courses and activities arise on an ongoing basis


  • All personnel are fully outfitted in personal protective equipment including a helmet, bunker gear (firefighting coat and pants), boots, gloves, etc. 
    • All safety equipment is supplied by the Town of Lincoln
  • Each firefighter is issued a pager to be alerted of emergency calls
  • All personnel must be capable of and comfortable wearing self-contained breathing apparatus.
    • Due to health and safety regulations regarding self-contained breathing apparatus, firefighters may NOT have beards or excessive facial hair
    • This is a condition of employment as a Volunteer Firefighter


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