A message from the Office of the Nova Scotia Fire Marshall in association with the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia captures the essence of Volunteer Fire Departments:

"The Fire Service in Nova Scotia has come a long way since the early days of bucket brigades and horse drawn steam pumpers. It has become one of the most diverse and challenging professions known today. Imagine learning and developing skills to cope with situations ranging from structure fires, medical assist calls, ice rescues, high angle rescues, water rescues, hazardous chemical spills and more. Consider the challenge of helping people at all hours of the day and night, seven days a week, in any kind of weather and very often under highly stressful and emotional conditions. However, the personal rewards and self satisfaction that comes from being a part of this team is often beyond description."

Like most rural fire departments, the LaHave and District Fire Department has an ongoing need to recruit capable volunteers in order to fulfill the valuable role it plays within the communities it serves.

People volunteer for many different reasons but regardless of their reason, the contributions they make are incredibly valuable in ensuring a healthy and safe community. A few of the main benefits of volunteering:

  • Satisfaction of making a contribution to the community
  • Gain new skills and experiences
  • Network and meet others in the community
  • Receive training and certifications which can help with employment
  • Develop leadership skills and achieve personal growth
  • Socialize and become part of a team
  • Give back and share knowledge and experiences with others

You may be thinking to yourself... "I don't have the time", "I'm not physically capable of being a fire fighter", or "I don't think I would be any good at it", etc. The reality is that there are many volunteer opportunities within a Fire Department and Auxiliary:

  • Fire fighting and rescue
  • Emergency medical response
  • Vehicle drivers and operators
  • Communications and dispatch
  • Equipment and vehicle maintenance
  • Office and administration duties
  • Support to responders
  • Fund raising and event planning
  • Public outreach and communications

If you are interested in learning more about our Department and how you can help us deliver or support our important activities we encourage you to contact us to arrange a no-obligation introduction.


"No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you."
~Author Unknown

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