Fire departments in Muskoka are looking for a few good people.

Both the Huntsville/Lake of Bays and Gravenhurst Fire Departments are recruiting and both men and women are encouraged to apply.

“When people are asked to describe a firefighter, they use traditional words like large, muscular, strong and brave,” said Larry Brassard, fire chief of the Gravenhurst Department. “And while most of these attributes are still applicable, today we also use words like thoughtful, caring, giving and empathetic to describe the ideal firefighter we want serving in Gravenhurst. Long gone is the vestige that firefighting is a male-only undertaking. Our community, our society and our mission has changed and so too has the composition of our organization. In fact, our longest serving volunteer is a woman.” The Chief noted that upwards of 20% of the department is now made up of women.

You can find more information about applying to be a firefighter in Gravenhurst at the town’s website.

The Huntsville/Lake of Bays department is having an information night for anyone interested in signing on. It’s happening on April 25th at 7:00pm at Station #1, 1 Payne Drive, in Huntsville. You can apply online until May 31st at the town’s website.