FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer Fire Fighting

I would like to become a Volunteer Fire Fighter.  What do I do?

Download an application click here and submit the application, along with a cover letter and resume to Human Resources - City of Port Colborne, 66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne L3K 3C8

E-mail careers@portcolborne.ca or fax to 905-835-2969.

 What are the requirements to become a Volunteer Fire Fighter?

  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check

  • Medical Assessesment

  • Be able to complete the Fire Fighter's CPAT

  • Valid G Driver's Licence as defined on Page 2 of the Application for Volunteer Fire Fighter

  • Completion of the Recruit Training Program

 Smoke Alarms

Do I need a smoke alarm in my basement and walk up attic?

Yes, you require a smoke alarm on every level of your home. 

What is the best smoke alarm to buy for my home?

There are many types of smoke alarms, each with different features. Alarms can be electrically connected, battery powered or a combination of both. This combination - and a pause feature to reduce nuisance alarms - are highly recommended.  REMEMBER:  To change your battery when you change your clock!!!

Where do I install smoke alarms?

Because smoke rises, you should place alarms on the ceiling.  If you cannot do this, place them high up on a wall, according to manufacturer's instructions.  There are certain locations to avoid such as near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows or close to ceiling fans.   Do you require assistance installing your smoke alarm?  Are you unsure where to place it or is it just too high.  Our Fire Service is always willing to help you - contact Administration by clicking here for e-mail or call directly to 905-834-4512 - Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

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Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Do I really need a carbon monoxide alarm in my home?

Carbon monoxide alarms are now mandatory!!!!  Ontario is taking another step to keep families and homes safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes containing fuel fired applicances and/or an attached garage.  A carbon monoxide alarm must be placed outside all sleeping areas.

Why outside my bedroom areas and not beside by furnace?

In general, the human body is most vulnerable to the effects of Carbon Monoxide during sleeping hours, so an alarm should be located in or as near as possible to the sleeping area of the home.

If your carbon monoxide alarm is placed by your furnace and goes off in the middle of the night in your basement - how is that going to wake you up? 

If you feel safer with a carbon monoxide alarm by your furnace, a second carbon monoxide alarm can be installed; just make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed by each sleeping area of the home (that includes your teenagers room in the basement, granny flat or spare bedroom).

Unlike smoke, which rises to the ceiling, Carbon monoxide mixes with air. To work properly, a carbon monoxide alarm should not be blocked by furniture, draperies or other obstructions to normal air flow.

If a combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm is used, it should be located on the ceiling, to ensure that it will detect smoke effectively.

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