Stephen Eric Tremblett, 49, of Rear Regent Street, North Sydney, and James Clayton MacDonald, 24, of Point Aconi, were former members of the Florence Volunteer Fire Department but were suspended after being charged.
Tremblett is charged with 13 counts of arson while MacDonald faces 16 counts. The offences are alleged to have occurred between May and August of this year in the Florence, Little Bras d’Or and Millville areas.
No injuries were reported as a result of the blazes.
Tremblett is also charged with three counts of arson with disregard for human life, two counts of unlawfully being in a dwelling and a single count of trespassing at night.
MacDonald faces additional charges of possession of stolen goods, theft involving a pry bar from the fire department, three counts of arson with disregard for human life, three counts of unlawfully being in a dwelling, two counts of trespassing at night, and possession of an instrument that could be used in a break-in (pry bar).
Both accused continue their release on conditions and are to return to provincial court Nov. 15 to enter pleas.