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Six Nations Firefighters looking for new recruits

Six Nations Firefighters looking for new recruits

The Six Nations Firefighters are holding recruiting sessions across the territory for Community Awareness Week. Interested candidates must be between 18 and 65 years of age. Other requirements are that they could be able to understand English in stressful situations, be able to a minimum percentage of calls during the year, been pardoned from any

The Six Nations Firefighters are holding recruiting sessions across the territory for Community Awareness Week.

Interested candidates must be between 18 and 65 years of age. Other requirements are that they could be able to understand English in stressful situations, be able to a minimum percentage of calls during the year, been pardoned from any previous criminal offenses and possess a minimum class G drivers license.

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Information sessions will be held for those candidates to gather more information about what it takes to be a Six Nations Firefighter. Volunteer firefighters will perform rescue work, check carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms, educate the public about fire prevention, respond to emergency hazardous material situations, conduct inspections, respond to medical emergencies, respond to motor vehicle accidents and conduct ice & water rescues.

The recruitment ends on May 31st. Selection, testing and interviews will go on through to June 6th and new recruit classes will begin on June 27th with a graduation ceremony in mid-July.

The volunteer squad currently has a high percentage of female firefighters. More than on any other first nation in the province. Candidates must also pass a fitness assessment and be willing to be on-call throughout the year.

Recruitment booths will be at the Ohsweken Village plaza this Wednesday and Friday from 11am till 1:30pm and then at the Ohsweken Speedway on May 15th, 22nd and 29th from 5pm till 8pm. Interested candidates can pick up an application at those times or contact the Six Nations Fire Department directly by calling 519-445-4054.

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Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow is Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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