The Weyburn Fire Department is in need of a few good men and women to fill out their ranks, and have begun recruiting.
“We have the capability for 26 full-time on-call firefighters,” said deputy chief Denis Poulin, noting they need seven new members to join and bring the squad up to full strength.
The time commitment would be for their weekly training night, about three hours every Wednesday evening, plus training courses over a year of about 160 hours for the NFPA 1001 course.
Those interested in becoming a fire fighter should be a minimum of 18 years of age with a Grade 12 diploma, in good physical condition and available for the training and to be on-call for emergencies.
Applicants will need a criminal record check, and will have interviews with the fire chiefs, Poulin and chief Simon Almond.
“Trades are beneficial, as is having a Class 3A driver’s licence for air brakes,” said Poulin, who noted that training will be provided in any courses that are needed. These would include CPR and first aid, along with the fire fighting techniques and skills taught and honed in the weekly training sessions.
Encouraging people to consider applying to be a fire fighter, Poulin said, “Being a paid on-call fire fighter has its challenges. You are committing to responding to your community’s call at any time, day or night. Emergencies do not take holidays. You are committing to learning a unique line of work, with skills that can make a difference in someone’s life.”
Those interested can call the Fire Department at 306-848-3240, or drop by the Fire Hall at 55 16th Street to fill out an application.
Fire fighter members will also be manning information tables this week as part of Fire Prevention Week, with tables to be set up at the Wholesale Club and Co-op food stores on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations.