Parksville Volunteer Fire Department is seeking enthusiastic men and women to become volunteer paid-on-call firefighters.- parksvillefirerescue.ca

Parksville Volunteer Fire Department is seeking enthusiastic men and women to become volunteer paid-on-call firefighters.- parksvillefirerescue.ca

Parksville Volunteer Fire Department seeks members

Applications are now being accepted for volunteer on-call firefighters

Parksville Volunteer Fire Department is seeking enthusiastic men and women to become volunteer paid on-call firefighters. The 2019 recruit class begins in spring and applications are now being accepted.

The department, which provides fire and rescue services for the Parksville Fire Protection Area, also offers a junior program for those under the age of 19, providing an introduction to life as a member.

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Volunteer paid on-call firefighters respond to emergencies 365 days a year.

Candidates for volunteer firefighters should be:

• 19 years of age or older (junior member – age 16)

• Healthy and physically fit (medical and fitness screening required), non-smoker

• Good driver (valid BC drivers licence and good driving record)

• Of good character (RCMP security check required)

• Able and willing to commit to the community

• Live in the Parksville Fire Protection area (ideally live within City of Parksville boundaries)

• Daytime availability preferred

• Able to attend weekly training sessions

Regular practice night will be open to the public on Monday, Jan. 21 from 7-9 p.m. Arrive by 6:45 p.m. and stay as long as you wish. This open practice is an opportunity to observe a practice and see firsthand what’s involved in training to be a firefighter and a chance to ask questions and chat with members and officers. The firehall is located at 160 Jensen Ave. W.

To learn more about being a firefighter, stop by the firehall during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to speak with an officer.

Closing date for applications is Friday, March 1 at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.parksvillefirerescue.ca.

— NEWS Staff, City of Parksville