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Firefighting As A Career

Firefighting is a very challenging and demanding career. Firefighters need to be able to respond quickly and work effectively as part of a vital team.

Firefighters perform functions in a number of areas, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Firefighting
  • Promotion of Fire Prevention and Public Education
  • Protecting both the public and the environment from Hazardous Materials concerns
  • Emergency medical care through the First Responder program
  • Public service
  • Post-fire inspections and overhaul
  • Performing Auto Extrication at accident scenes
  • Participation in a variety of training programs to maintain or upgrade the latest firefighting methods and technology

Firefighters encounter many challenges in fighting fires such as identifying the source of the fire, using appropriate suppression techniques and search and rescue of victims.

Firefighting is very physically demanding work and involves hauling heavy equipment, ascending and descending on ground extension ladders and fire escapes, working in extreme heat and smoke and working in confined spaces with limited vision.

Firefighting is also very mentally demanding and requires constant and ever-expanding knowledge for department personnel. Experience with West Kelowna Fire Rescue ranges from the newest recruit to firefighters with over 30 years of service.

Paid On-Call Firefighter Recruitment

West Kelowna Fire Rescue's Paid On-Call hiring competitions are run as needed based on department requirements. Applications will not be accepted on an ongoing basis and will not be kept on record. Applicants must meet all of the required qualifications in order to be considered for the Paid On-Call recruit training program. You must be a resident of the West Kelowna Fire Protection area at the time of application.

Successful applicants will need to successfully complete a physical fitness test, an interview process and personal reference checks including a Criminal Records Check prior to assignment into a training class.

The Paid On-Call recruit training program is an 11 week process comprised of 4 hours on Tuesday evenings and mandatory 10 hours on Saturdays and Sundays, designed to give the necessary skills to be a Paid On-Call member with West Kelowna Fire Rescue. Training topics will cover Emergency Medical First Responder 3 with AED and Spinal, JIBC Basic Firefighter, S100/S130 Wildland Firefighter and JIBC Live Fire 1.

After successful completion of the training and testing, you will be assigned to one of our four stations based on where you reside in the District. You will be required to attend a minimum of 30% of all calls, at least 75% of weekly Tuesday night training, and complete a six month probationary period.

WKFR is currently not recruiting for POC firefighters.

Last updated: 11/1/2013 4:06:28 PM