Kamloops Fire Rescue is seeking physically fit residents willing to serve their community for a number of paid, on-call firefighter positions.
KFR is seeking people who live in Westsyde, Rayleigh, Heffley Creek, Dallas and Barnhartvale, near to fire stations in those outlying areas. The positions will support full-time firefighters, who still respond in an emergency, but would help to minimize response times.
KFR Assistant Chief Dan Sutherland said a number of openings are available at Fire Station No. 5 (serving Rayleigh and Heffley Creek from Heffley Creek Road) and Fire Station No. 6 (serving Dallas and Barnhartvale from 5300 Dallas Dr.), while a few positions are available at Fire Station No. 4 (serving Westsyde at 615 Porterfield Rd.)
“Ideally, we want to have 15 staff at every hall,” Sutherland said. “We’re not meeting those goals right now. We’re just trying to get to those levels, if we can.”
Sutherland said individuals who would make a good fit include those who would like to serve their community, are physically fit and mentally prepared.
Some tests — aptitude and physical fitness — will be required to determine suitability. Prior firefighting experience is not necessary and training will be provided, though on-call firefighting experience is an asset. Duties will include responding to emergencies, maintenance work and weekly training.
“We try to make sure we find people that are going to blossom in these roles in the community,” Sutherland said.
Learn more about the opportunity online at kamloops.ca/recruitement. For more information, call 250-571-2975 or 250-571-2962.
Applicants can also visit Fire Station No. 1, at the corner of Summit Drive and Arrowstone Drive in Sahali, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays to pick up a manual outlining criteria and testing required. COVID-19 protocols are in place.
Deadline to apply is Nov. 15.