Life's An Adventure — Become A Firefighter

Now accepting applications for 2015 volunteer firefighter positions! Application deadline — November 30, 2014.

The fire and rescue service is one of the most diverse and challenging professions known today. It is this diversity that inspires men and women to enter the service as volunteers, paid on-call firefighters, or career employees. Imagine having to train to prepare yourself to cope with situations that range from structure fires to motor vehicle accidents to hazardous chemical spills to heart attacks and almost any other possible emergency situation in between. This diversity is coupled with the fact that these skills may be needed at any time of day, seven days a week, in any kind of weather, and very often under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances. These factors contribute to our profession being personally very rewarding.

The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue service are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a person is rescued, compassion for accident victims and fulfillment in teaching fire safety.

What can I expect as a Paid On-Call Firefighter?
You will receive widely recognized & credited firefighter training including:
Structural, Vehicle, & Wild land firefighting training
Emergency Medical Aid - First Responder, CPR & Rescuer skills
Emergency Vehicle Driver / Operator training & so much more!
Benefits: dental, extended health, accident, life & WSBC coverage
All required training, firefighting equipment & uniforms are provided.

What is the cost of the required training?
The required training for Paid-on-Call Firefighters is provided by the Department. Transportation to and from accredited additional training is also funded by the Department.

Upon successful completion of Recruit Training, how much time could a Paid-on-Call Firefighter expect to devote to being an active member? Time requirements may vary, but the average training and call-out time is at least 10 hours per month. There is no limit on the time you may spend on optional or volunteer duties.

Pick up an application at the Fire Hall - 520 Felix Jack Road or visit www.mayneislandfire.com/recruiting to print an application form. Successful applicants will begin training January 2015.

Firefighting offers rewarding challenges - personally and professionally. Becoming part of Mayne Island Fire Rescue can change your life!

For further information please contact Fire Chief Steven DeRousie mifd@shaw.ca.



posted October 2014

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