The Parksville Fire Department hall located at 160 Jensen Ave W. (PQB News file photo)

The Parksville Fire Department hall located at 160 Jensen Ave W. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville Fire Rescue looking for new volunteer recruits in 2023

Fire department will host Practice Night Open House Jan. 16

Parksville Fire Rescue is looking for volunteer firefighter recruits.

Parksville Fire Rescue volunteer paid on-call and career firefighters provide fire and emergency response services in the Parksville Fire Protection Area, according to a news release.

The department will host a Practice Night Open House on Monday, Jan. 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Regular practice will be open to those interested in being a firefighter.

Arrive by 6:30 p.m. and stay as long as you wish. The open practice will be a chance to observe a practice, see first-hand what’s involved in training, ask questions and chat with members. The fire hall is located at 160 Jensen Ave W.

The department responds to approximately 600 calls each year, including structure fires, rescues, motor vehicle incidents, medical assistance and public service requests, according to the release.

“Our firefighters are highly skilled professionals who value integrity, honesty, selflessness, commitment, courage, and are hardworking and family-oriented,” the release read.

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The fire department offers the following:

• Professional firefighter certification and ongoing training;

• Opportunity to serve your community;

• Personal growth, sense of achievement;

• Be part of a team, your chance to be awesome;

• Great benefits – paid on-call, WorkSafe, additional accidental death and disability insurance (on and off duty), and more.

“Finding the right balance between family, work and volunteering is challenging, but also rewarding. We’d love to chat about what we do at Parksville Fire Rescue and if you are ready to answer the call,” the release read.

Call 250-248-3242 to speak with an officer or arrange a tour.

Application deadline is Friday, March 3.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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