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I became a Probationary Firefighter in July of 1980. This was a change from being a 1st Class Police Constable to the lowest rank of the Windsor Fire Service, a Probationary Firefighter.

After a Firefighter reaches the rank of 1st Class Firefighter and has at least five years fireground experience they have a choice to apply for any of the departments divisions which are:

  • Fire Fighting
  • Fire Inspection
  • Administration
  • Signals/Communications
  • Fire Prevention

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Check out Firefighter Promotions for more information on the exact process of admission and promotion. The vast majority of Firefighters choose to remain in the Firefighting Division.

I was one of those who chose to remain in the Firefighting Division. After 22 years I was promoted to Captain, who is in charge of a Fire Station. I have also qualified as a District Chief, who is generally in charge of half of the City's stations and also in charge of most emergency scenes.

Just as a side note - Over 20 years ago, when Canada's first female professional Fireman was hired by the Windsor Fire Department, the term Fireman changed to Firefighter.

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