In a report presented to Council, Sooke Fire Chief Kenn Mount presented the hiring information of two new full-time career fire fighters, who both started with the District on November 6.
The initial recommendation from Council was to stagger the hiring, one in October and the second one in the new year. However, in the interest of saving money, the department hired both at the same time.
The cost savings of a staggered hiring would not be realized, observed Fire Chief Kenn Mount in his presentation to Council. The simultaneous hiring reduces the overtime costs that would have been required from existing staff if the second hire were postponed until January. Along with the reduced overtime payouts, burnout would also be reduced.
Further, a simultaneous hiring would allow for single hiring and single training processes.
A decision was made by the fire department in consultation with staff, and in cooperation with the local union, to hire both in November. By starting both fire fighters on November 6, 2017, the District would realize $35,000 in savings.
The process for the hiring was also outlined in the report.
- Applications Received: 178
- Invited to Written Test Stage: 24
- Attended/Completed Written Test: 17
- Attended/Completed UVIC Fitness Test: 11
- Attended/Completed Panel Interview: 6
- Successful Candidates: 2
The report was received by Council.
Regular Council Meeting Details:
Present: Councillor Kevin Pearson was acting mayor; Councillors Brenda Parkinson, Bev Berger, Ebony Logins, and Kerrie Reay.
Absent: Sooke Mayor Maja Tait, Councillor Rick Kasper.
Other items from this meeting:
- Staff comment suggests massive sewer costs to be born by the District
- Sooke Fire Department welcomes two new career fire fighters
- Sooke resident calls for action on Sooke River Road parking
- Sooke bears new designation: The Smoked Salmon Capital of Canada
- Housing challenges for Sooke construction workers now; affordability committee can happen in Feb or March 2018