Hope Fire Departments volunteers conducting Structure Protection Program Wildland Firefighter 1 training at the end of April 2019 with the Sunshine Valley Volunteer Fire Department. Facebook

Recruitment underway for Hope Fire Department

Training and boot camp coming up in April

The Hope Volunteer Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women.

A three-day Recruit Boot Camp is coming up in April, and applications are being accepted now for those who are interested in joining. The best applicants are community-minded, motivated, in good physical condition and living in the community. Applicants must be 18 or older.

The departments operates as paid-on-call.

In a notice on the District of Hope website, they note the most important characteristics of a volunteer firefighter as compassion and commitment.

“First and foremost we deal with helping people. Firefighters must be honest, caring, reliable individuals with a desire to help others,” they say. “Commitment: Emergencies happen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Firefighters are expected to respond to emergencies whenever available.”

READ MORE: Body discovered in aftermath of Hope apartment fire

The requirements of the role are attending a minimum two to three hour practice session once weekly, and to attend emergency page outs whenever available. Being a paid-on-call firefighter also means participating in special community events.

Firefighting is a strenuous job, both mentally and physically, they add. Applicants also must have a Class 5 or better drivers license, be able to pass an RCMP criminal record and vulnerable sector check, and be able to provide a driver’s abstract.

The deadline to appy is March 6. Training begins on April 16 for those chosen, and the boot camp runs April 24-26.

For more information, visit hope.ca or email fire@hope.ca.


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