West Shore fire departments seek new recruits

Rick Stiebel/News staff

Langford Fire Rescue is looking for people who want to make a significant contribution to the safety of their community by serving as volunteer firefighters.

The department currently has a need for more volunteers in the Sooke Lake Road area serviced by Hall # 3, but is actively seeking volunteers for all three halls, said Langford Fire Rescue Chief Chris Aubrey.

Assistant Fire Chief Scott Davidson, the department’s training officer, said applicants must live in Langford, be at least 19 years of age, be physically fit, and have a clean driving and criminal record.

Davidson, a 24-year veteran who began as a volunteer, said recruits must fulfill three 12-hour shifts a month, for which they will receive a small stipend for each shift. All of the training is provided during those shifts. Applications are being accepted until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

For more information, check out langford.ca/EN/meta/departments/fire-department/recruiting.

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Colwood Fire Rescue is currently accepting applications as well, and will do so throughout the year, said firefighter/mechanic Josh Pettigrew. All applicants will be contacted and invited to an information session, which will be scheduled in early 2019. Attendance for the information session is mandatory for an application to be considered for upcoming positions, he said.

“The information session gives us an opportunity to discuss the expectations and significant commitment volunteering requires,” he explained.

Visit colwood.ca/city-service/fire-department for more information.

View Royal Fire Rescue will begin its volunteer recruitment process in the spring or sooner, depending on the number of applications received. More information is available at viewroyalfire.com.

Highlands Fire Rescue is always on the lookout for new volunteers, said Deputy Fire Chief Chief Gregg Fletcher.

“You don’t have to be a resident of the Highlands to qualify,” he noted. “We look at applications on a case-by-case basis.”

The Metchosin Fire Department will begin training volunteer recruits on Jan. 5.

“We accept applications throughout the year and begin processing in September,” said Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop. More information is available at metchosinfire.ca.

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

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