FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why Fight Fire with Outland? (Back to top)
most professional Forest Fire Fighting contractor in Ontario.
to and from the fire.
Wage Rates (overtime after 8 hours each day).
dependable Crew Bosses.
camp equipment supplied.
supply of personal gear on site at wholesale prices such as sleeping bags,
rainsuits, personal safety gear and fire retardent suits. Items can be
purchased as a payroll deduction. Outland fire fighters, therefore, can wait
until an actual call to pick-up their gear. This saves Fire Fighters money if a
fire call never happens.
Training: When and Where? (Back to top)
Check out our SP-100 training page. Course seats
are filling up fast.
are Type 2 Fire Crews? (Back to top)
Type 2 Fire Fighters are also referred to as "sustained attack"
crews. Sustained attack crews are deployed to the fire line immediately after
MNR Fire Rangers (Type 1 Fire Fighters) have carried out initial attack
2 crews will work alongside Fire Ranger crews until a fire is declared under
control. Normally, at this time Fire Ranger crews leave the fire so they can
gear up for deployment to another fire. Sustained attack crews will walk the
fire putting out hot spots which could lead to future fire spread. They will
also, retrieve all fire equipment such as fire pumps and fire hose that have
been utilized in the highly coordinated fire suppression effort.
Qualifications of a Type 2 Fire Fighter (Back to top)
Type 2 Fire Fighters have met the following requirements:
Fire Fighter Training Course
Type 2 Fire Fighter Annual Fire Training Maintenance Program OR S- 100
Recertification to maintain currency
Activity Readiness Questionnaire Screening including Blood Pressure reading
equal to or less than 144/94 mmHg (Par Q)
of Dangerous Goods Training
Hazardous Materials Information System Training
Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Training
commitment to the Ontario contract Fire Crew System (Back to top)
Outland is Ontario's largest supplier of Type 2 Fire Crews. Currently we train
and outfit fifty (50) 4-person fire crews for the Ontario fire program. We
utilize SP-100 Fire Fighters, S-200 Fire Crew Leaders, and S-300 Fire Bosses
from communities across Ontario.
In addition to 150 on-call
Type 2 Fire Crews, the MNR hires a maximum of 700 Fire Fighters for its regular
Visit the MNR website at www.mnr.gov.on.ca for more information about
Forest Fire Fighting in Ontario.
can be a Fire Fighter on an Outland Ontario Fire Fighting crew? (Back to top)
Any person male or female who is 18 years of age or older, who has an average
blood pressure 144/94 or better and who completes a Physical Activities
Readiness Questionnaire. (See application form for more information)
Fire Crews are well known for being well trained and well equipped for both
fire suppression duties and camp life on the fire line. Outland makes available
all required fire equipment and safety gear for any Fire Fighter who is not
completely outfitted. Any equipment a Fire Fighter may require on short notice
is available for purchase from one of our mobile equipment trailers. No cash is
required as purchases can be made through payroll deduction.
Should I apply to the MNR or Outland? (Back to top)
Fighters hope to be hired full-time by the MNR for the months May to August.
SP-100 trained individuals who have not been successful being hired by MNR for
a Fire Ranger Crew often join Outland's Fire Fighting team. A call to a fire or
two as a Type 2 Fire Fighter will give candidates valuable experience enhancing
their chances for employment with the MNR the following year.
if I get a call to join a Fire Crew? (Back to top)
Type 2 Fire Fighters from across the province get called-up to fight forest
fires on Outland crews.
Outland Fire Fighters must be in a constant state of readiness throughout the
Fire Season (May 1 to September 15). Fire Fighters who possess other employment
make arrangements with their current employer so that if the call comes, their
employers can make required staffing adjustments.
Outland receives a call for Fire Fighters, all requested personnel must be at
the required location usually within 24 hours. Mobilization locations are
typically FMH or Fire Basecamps. Depending on where the fire is, this location
could be anywhere in Northern Ontario.
Outland Fire Fighters will muster at various locations (which will be announced
once the mobilization plan is developed). At these central locations, Outland
will equip the crewleaders with camp kits and issue fire retardent coveralls
and all other personal equipment needed by individual Fire Fighters. Outland
will transport all Crews to the designated Fire Management Centre.
Fire Fighters from Southern or Eastern Ontario must proceed to a designated
central point to rendezvous with Outland Crews before crews proceed to the MNR
Other services/employment opportunities within Outland
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Tree planting, brushing/thinning and fire fighting are a natural fit for one
another. We provide Fire Fighter training to our workers in April - prior to
start up of our other operations. Thus, Outland staff have the ability to have
a full season of work in a variety of interesting forestry related jobs.
Depending on education and experience Outland Fire
Fighters may be eligible for various positions within our operations.
Currently the list of services we provide is:
· Tree planting (April to August)
· Youth Forestry Summer Training
Programs (July and August)
· Pre-commercial thinning/brushing
(with brushsaw - May to November)
· Manual Herbicide (August)
· Forest Technician work: Cruising,
block assessment, FTG surveys, block layout etc. (January to November)
· Slashpile Burning in Northern Ontario
(October to December (sometimes later)) Excellent adjunct to fire fighting work
Outland's wide variety of work/locations across the
country give employees the opportunity to put together long work seasons on
various contracts. For example, Fire Fighters may want to plant trees during
May and June to ensure a guaranteed income and then stand-by for fire during
the summer. Or, Fire Fighters may want to join pre-commercial thinning crew to
fill in work between fires. In the event of a major fire flap during
silviculture operations, designated Fire Fighters can leave the contract to
join a fire crew.
do I contact if I have any Questions? (Back to top)
For more information on Forest Fire Fighting in Ontario visit www.mnr.gov.on.ca