How Can I Become A Volunteer Firefighter in Sooke?
“Have you ever thought— If I don’t volunteer, who will?”
Applications for Volunteer Firefighters are accepted all year round. Next recruit class is January 2016. Applications are available online, at Fire Station #1, 2225 Otter Point Road, or by contacting Assistant Chief Matt Barney, Training Officer at 250-642-5422.
Training sessions for new recruit firefighters begin in January at Fire Station #1. When basic training is completed, successful applicants will be issued a pager and can begin attending emergency calls. Applications must be received in full before August 14th to be considered for the Winter Recruit class.
After basic training, recruits become a “Probationary” firefighter. Prior to being a Probationary Member, each recruit must successfully complete a written and practical evaluation.
Upon successful completion of probation, the new member becomes a “regular” firefighter and continues with regular Thursday night training sessions with their fellow firefighters.
- Volunteers living west of the Sooke River Bridge will be assigned to Station 1
- Volunteers living east of the Sooke River Bridge will be assigned to Station 2
All new recruit firefighters are trained to the NFPA 1001 Standard through the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Once recruit members have achieved the NFPA 1001 Level 1 Standard, they are able to continue the process to become accredited NFPA 1001 Level 2 firefighters.
Volunteer Firefighter Requirements[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]
- Resident of the District of Sooke
- High School Graduation or GED
- Canadian citizen or landed immigrant status
- Driving record that demonstrates safe and responsible driving behaviour
- Must be in good physical condition and able to successfully complete agility test
- At least 19 years of age
- Current drivers license and access to vehicle
- Must pass a criminal record check
- Must be able to attend all scheduled training sessions
- Must work well with others and be able to function in the dynamic and fast paced emergency services.
- Must be medically fit
- Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 drivers license
- Air brake endorsement
- Fire related courses, such as NFPA 1001 Level II, NFPA 1002, NFPA 472
- Post secondary education
- Technical or trade certificate
- Advanced first aid training
- Previous fire or emergency services experience
- Ability to respond to daytime emergencies
Being a volunteer firefighter is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling opportunity. All members will be challenged both mentally and physically on a daily basis. Being an active volunteer firefighter resembles a part time job.
Please print, fully complete, and deliver to Sooke Fire Station #1, 2225 Otter Point Rd, between 7am and 6pm daily.
- Volunteer Firefighter Application
- 2015-2016 Recruitment Schedule
- Questions about recruiting? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Original article on Sooke.ca