The North Battleford Fire Department is a combination fire department with full time and part time paid-on-call (POC) volunteer staff. In 2017/2018 the department has recruited an additional ten members of POC staff who have completed their first stage of training and are now available to respond to incidents when required.
On the evening of Monday, October 1st, 2018 the ten recruit POC’s will be presented with their Saskatchewan Firefighting level 1 and Incident Command System 100 certificates.
The POCs have received over 100 hours of theoretical and practical instruction during training and duty nights totalling six hours per week.
Fire Chief Trevor Brice said “our paid-on-call firefighters form a backbone of our service, supporting our full-time firefighters at larger incidents, freeing up staff to perform higher risk activities. This group of recruits have come together and worked hard to achieve these qualifications and I am pleased to say they are now being used at incidents.”
In October the POCs will return to training for the Saskatchewan firefighting level 2 certification which will enable them to do more tasks at incidents.
Fire Chief Brice commented that he is looking forward to having this group of POCs trained and ready to go. Chief Brice went on to say that “we are always looking for enthusiastic people to become paid-on-call firefighters. The positions are open to men and women over 18 who are willing to give up their time to support their community and can provide on-call cover within 10 minutes of the fire hall. Anyone who is fit and able to pass some basic tests and willing to train can apply, the next intake of recruits will be in January 2019.
For more information:
Trevor Brice, Fire Chief / Director of Protective Services
306-445-1778 | firstname.lastname@example.org