Algonquin Highlands Fire Services (AHFS) is searching for new members.
“Our goal is to bring them in in the fall, so they can try the position, and see if they like it,” said fire chief Michael French.
AHFS operates three fire halls – located in Stanhope, Dorset and Oxtongue Lake – and training for its volunteer members takes place one evening per week at their community hall.
Beginning in January, certification training happens one weekend per month, for six months. The certification course can be of added benefit to those hoping to pursue a full-time career in firefighting.
But volunteer firefighting comes with plenty of other benefits as well.
“You’re reaching your community,” French said, adding recruits are sure to make friends along the way. “There is a sense of self-pride and accomplishment.”
The chief adds that often, learning about firefighting leads to a desire to learn more about firefighting.
“Your interest grows as you become more and more involved,” French said.
Anyone interested in joining AHFS can find application forms on the Algonquin Highlands website at
For more information, contact French at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-489-2379, ext. 343.
Submitted by the Township of Algonquin Highlands