Auxiliary Recruitment

Nelson Fire and Rescue Services is a composite department made up of a full-time Fire Chief and ten career firefighters operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Auxiliary firefighters are called in when needed for larger emergency incidents (usually about 3 – 5 times per year) and community events. From time to time, the department conducts a recruitment process for additional auxiliary firefighters to keep the auxiliary numbers around 21. We provide all the required training (NFPA 1001) and protective equipment to successful applicants. Auxiliary firefighters experience emergency response training, leadership opportunities, service to their community and camaraderie in a rewarding team environment. 

Auxiliary firefighters train 3 Wednesdays a month from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Current pay rates are:

  •  0 - 5 years of service $20/hour
  • 5 - 10 years of service $22/hour
  • and 10+ years of service $24/hour

Auxiliary firefighters are paid for all training and response time on a quarterly basis.  

Basic Requirements

  • Resident of the City of Nelson or lives within our Area E response area (contact us to confirm)
  • Class 5 Driver's License
  • Good health
  • Minimum 19 years of age
  • No criminal record
  • Physically fit: no pre-existing conditions that would significantly impair the ability to perform firefighter duties or put the applicant or others at risk
  • Willingness to be a team player

Entry-level openings within the ranks of the full-time/career firefighters are first offered to members of our auxiliaries who meet the requirements and have at least two years of active service with the Department.


Interested applicants are welcome to download an application form (PDF) and email to the Fire Department.