Comox Fire Rescue seeking new members

The Comox Fire Rescue is seeking a few new paid on-call members to fill vacancies in its membership. This opportunity is open to both males and females.

The fire department is particularly interested in persons who work close to the Comox Fire Station and are available to respond to emergencies during the daytime (at least a couple of days per week). Ideal applicants should be dedicated, hardworking, team players who are willing to be challenged. Applicants must be physically fit and available to attend Tuesday evening training sessions on a regular basis.

Work conditions include hard work, unusual hours, bad weather, extreme temperatures, low pay and occasional high stress.

Rewards are many and include new skills, great training, new friends, adventure, satisfaction, teamwork, confidence, pride, some pay and many other benefits.

They also have a couple of openings for their two-year, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001/2 certification program.

Paid on-call firefighters receive free certification to this international firefighter standard while gaining valuable experience in the fire service.

“Using a system of volunteer, paid-on-call, and career members the fire department provides a variety of important services, at very reasonable costs to thousands of citizens,” said Comox Chief Gord Schreiner. “We are very fortunate to have a great group of paid-on-call firefighters who are very dedicated to this wonderful community, however, we do need new members from time to time.”

Comox Fire Rescue takes training very seriously and trains all of its members to a provincial standard. The training of new members usually takes two years to complete. Much of this training is done locally as the fire department has an excellent training centre located behind their fire station.

For questions or if interested in applying drop by the fire station to pick up an application or contact Chief Gord Schreiner or Asst. Chief Rick Shelton at 250-339-2432 or email firehall@comox.ca

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