Members of each fire department, usually residents of the department's fire suppression area, have a strong desire to help others and serve their communities.
Volunteer firefighters train for emergency response when communities call. The call may come at any time, and in almost every situation, sometimes under stressful and emotional circumstances.
Our volunteers tell us about the tremendous rewards that come with their work. We know there are other people out there with the same courage, commitment and compassion.
We want to welcome you into the team at your local fire hall.
Weekly training sessions ensure the best possible response time, knowledge of the most appropriate techniques for each situation and familiarization with the very specialized equipment required for firefighting and safety. Firefighters are members of the community with a will to improve their skills while protecting life and property.
- A Valid Driver's License (minimum)
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Physically able to perform tasks and duties of the job
- Able to commit to training
- Live and/or work in the response area
Fire Practice is on Tuesday at 7 pm for most CSRD volunteer fire departments. However, Falkland practices on Wednesdays and Silver Creek on Thursday nights.
Potential Recruits & Volunteers
Potential recruits are always welcome to come, watch and find out more. Other types of positions may be available in your local fire department if you'd like to contribute your talents through other opportunities. Examples include administration, fundraising, or public education.
If you are interested in volunteering or simply want more information about your local fire department, please contact the area Fire Chief or the CSRD Fire Services Coordinator, Sean Coubrough at 250-833-5955. You can also email the fire department.
Becoming a Firefighter
What you need to know:
- No previous experience is necessary to become a volunteer firefighter and volunteers train to professional standards.
- Volunteer firefighters are all ages, male and female, and come from many diverse backgrounds.
- Volunteers are paid on-call for their response, training and practices.
- All required personal protective equipment and training are provided, there are no out-of-pocket costs.
- Volunteer firefighters commit to two hours a week of training at their local fire hall.
- Volunteer firefighters receive insurance coverage through WorkSafe BC, 24 hour accident insurance coverage and $100,000 life insurance in case of accidental death.
- The federal government provides tax credits to volunteer firefighters who serve at least 200 hours per year.