Fire and Emergency Services

The top priority of Fire and Emergency Services is a safe community. Our firefighters promote safety through the three lines of defence: public education, fire prevention, and emergency response. Learn more about how to prevent fires and prepare for emergencies.

East Gwillimbury's fire service is comprised of paid-on-call and career firefighters. Following the three lines of defence, these firefighters work alongside each other to provide a safe and resilient community.    

To learn more about how you can be a paid-on-call firefighter in our composite department, review the application requirements below.

What is a Paid On-Call Firefighter?

A paid on-call firefighter carries a pager which alerts them when an emergency response has been dispatched and the fire department's assistance is required. The firefighters then commute in their personal vehicles to their designated station, gear up, and respond to the scene. Paid on-call firefighters get paid when responding to calls, attending training, and conducting public education. They perform the same duties as full-time firefighters.

Why become a Paid On-Call Firefighter?

  • To uphold the three lines of defence against fire (public fire safety education, fire safety standards and enforcement and emergency response). 
  • To be involved in your community.
  • To become a member of a dedicated team.
  • To develop lifelong skills and experiences.
  • Receive National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certified training.
  • Earn a supplemental income.

Application requirements

  • Must reside or work in East Gwillimbury.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a Grade 12/High School Diploma.
  • Upon request by Emergency and Community Safety Services, a recent, clean Criminal Background Check (Vulnerable Sector Search) and clean Driver's Abstract must be provided.
  • Availability to respond in a timely fashion, including weekends and holidays.
  • Applicants will be required to complete OFAI stages one, two and swim test.
Additional Information
  • Becoming a professional paid-on-call firefighter capable of delivering fire protection services requires a commitment lasting many years and offers lifelong rewards.
  • A paid-on-call firefighter will be expected to complete a part-time recruit training program and be committed to continuing life-long learning.
  • Paid on-call firefighters will attend scheduled community events and training programs and provide emergency response. 
  • Paid on-call firefighters are paid an hourly rate for attending community events, training, and emergency calls.
  • Paid on-call firefighters are provided with a pager, complete personal protective equipment and station wear.