Windsor to hire 'approximately' 12 new firefighters

Windsor's fire department is looking to hire up to 12 new firefighters.
Windsor Fire Chief Bruce Montone says his department is hiring up to 12 firefighters. (CBC)

Windsor's fire department is looking to hire up to 12 new firefighters.

Fire Chief Bruce Montone said the final number of new hires will depend on movement within the department next year.

"We're anticipating in the neighbourhood of 10 to 12 [new hires]," he said in an interview on Monday.

Montone said this follows a similar hiring effort last year, when the department welcomed 12 new firefighters.

The job ad posted on the city's website makes it clear the incoming firefighters will be required to take on dangerous assignments at a moment's notice.

"The nature of firefighting is such that there are periods of complete inactivity mixed with periods of physical and mental preparation & periods of moderate to intense physical work," the ad says.

The ad says the city will be looking to fill "approximately" 12 full-time firefighting positions.

Montone was also asked about the issue of attendance within his department, which Mayor Drew Dilkens had drawn attention to earlier this year.

An attendance manager was brought a few months ago. Montone said that person helps the department monitor attendance and offer assistance to staff on this front when needed.

"We've had a positive impact on attendance over the last few months with the increased monitoring and with the involvement of a new attendance manager," Montone said.

With files from the CBC's Amy Dodge

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