Nothing is changing from a training perspective for the Township of Muskoka Lakes Fire Department.

Ahead of a recruitment night in Port Carling tonight, Fire Prevention Officer for the Township of Muskoka Lakes Fire Department Doug Holland says there will be no change in how new firefighters are trained. This despite the de-regulation by the province earlier this week.

“We train all our firefighters to the provincial standards as any fire crew or fire service does,” says Holland. “We’re not going to vary from the way we have currently done things.”

As of last Friday’s announcement by the Ontario Government, there is no training or licensing required if you are looking to get hired as a fire inspector, firefighter, dispatcher or trainer.

“We will put them through a recruit program which is NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards,” explains Hollidge. “These firefighters, once completed, will be accredited to the provincial standards.”

Hollidge is hosting a recruitment information evening at the Port Carling Fire Station located at 1 Lee Valley Drive, Port Carling. It starts at 7:00pm.

Hollidge says there has been some turnover and ideally they will be looking to recruit between 15 and 20 new firefighters.