More volunteer firefighters needed

Clearwater, Blackpool, Vavenby and Blue River fire departments all are looking for more volunteer firefighters

Steve Borrow (l)

Clearwater, Blackpool, Vavenby and Blue River fire departments all are looking for more volunteer firefighters.

Firefighting is hard, strenuous work and although being in good physical condition is preferable, there are jobs that are not so physically demanding, representatives say.

Other requirements (for the Clearwater Fire Department, as an example) include being 19 years of age or older, have a valid Class 5 driver’s license, be available for training sessions (Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m.), and be willing to undergo a criminal record check.

Clearwater Fire Department provides fire protection within the boundaries of District of Clearwater. The department can also go outside the boundaries to provide mutual aid to the Blackpool and Vavenby fire departments.

Equipment at Clearwater Fire Department includes five fire trucks – two pumpers, two tankers (water tenders) and one speciality wildfire truck.

Equipment includes a variety of diameter of hoses, 12 units of self-contained breathing apparatus, portable, land and floating pumps, several types of ladders, and various other firefighting equipment.

All new recruits receive a basic orientation that includes firehall, equipment and apparatus familiarization, and well as personnel introductions during the first two practices.

At their third practice they will be given their turnout gear.

They then will have to complete the basic firefighter course. After that a vote by the membership will take place and any recruit receiving a 2/3 favorable vote will be offered a full membership.

As members they will be issued a pager and allowed to attend callouts. They still will be considered recruits, however, and will not be asked to do anything they are not trained to do.

Clearwater’s firefighters are covered by Worksafe BC as well as disability and accidental death insurance. Small stipends are paid for attending practices and callouts.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Missing senior couple found

A senior couple from the Lower Mainland have been reported missing

Back in Time

Historical Perspective

Ghouls give back

Haunting for the greater good

Local author to release three new titles

Book launches scheduled for Nov. 21

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read