The Columbia Valley and Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Services have started their fall recruitment drive to encourage residents to join the team.
“Now is the time to step up and join our team. We provide the training, and we support new recruits through the learning process. The only requirement is an interest in helping your community and a commitment to training,” said Columbia Valley Rural Fire Rescue Service Deputy Chief Jon Tames in a release.
“We see regular evidence of the critical role our fire departments play in our communities, and without the dedicated firefighters we have on our team we simply would not be able to provide that service.”
The RDEK has fire departments in Jaffray, Baynes Lake, Elko and Hosmer, Fairmont, Windermere, Edgewater,
“Our annual recruitment drive is on now and we are looking for new members to join our team to help ensure our fire services remain strong,” says Elk Valley & South Country Fire Chief Michael Hockley.
“There are many benefits to joining a department, including invaluable personal and leadership development, lifesaving first aid skills, and the pride that comes with serving your community. In addition, our firefighters receive on-call pay and are eligible for extended benefits.”
Residents can contact the Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service at 250-429-3133 or the Columbia Valley Rural Fire Rescue Service at 250-342-6214 for more information.
Application forms can be found at the fire halls and the RDEK’s website.
Training will begin in November.