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Apply to be a Castlegar Volunteer Fire Fighter

Castlegar’s Paid-on-Call Volunteer Firefighters may be asked to respond to a variety of emergency calls, including structure fires, motor vehicle incidents, medical calls and occasionally participate in public education events.

Paid On-Call Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment

The Castlegar Fire Department is a composite fire department. Staffing comprises both career and paid on-call firefighters – paid on-call firefighters respond to the Fire Hall when electronically called to do so.

All firefighters must meet a number of criteria:

  • A driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behaviour. A record with more than six points within the previous three years will eliminate an applicant from further consideration.
  • No conviction for a criminal offence related to the job duties of personnel in the fire service. Police Records Checks are conducted on all applicants being considered as a paid on-call firefighters.
  • Members of the paid on-call firefighters must reside within the Castlegar area.
  • All paid-on-call fire fighters meet once a week for two-hour training sessions as required by Castlegar Fire Rescue. Paid on-call firefighters do receive financial compensation for training and emergency responses they attend.
  • Attend weekly practice nights and you must log at least 50 hours of training on your practice nights per year.
  • Must attend at least 50 hours of calls per year.
  • Possess a valid Class 5 BC driver’s license without restrictions and a have a good driving record – driver’s abstract required.
  • Be able to perform duties in a manner that upholds the high degree of public trust that the position holds.
  • Maintain an acceptable driving record and good community standing during your employment.
  • Be able to meet and maintain Castlegar Fire Rescue medical and fitness standards.
  • Pass a physical job performance assessment.
  • Participate in an interview.
  • Pass a medical examination, which includes minimum visual and hearing requirements.
  • Successfully complete the Fire Service training program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Class 3 Driver’s License with an air brake endorsement
  • First aid training
  • Building construction or trade background
  • Fire-related courses or work history
  • Be available during the day

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