Do you want to be a fire fighter?

Quesnel volunteer fire department is looking for people interested in joining the department

  • Sep. 19, 2012 6:00 p.m.

Does the prospect of providing a valuable community service, receiving specialized training and being part of a cohesive team appeal to you?

If so and you’re 19 years of age or older, perhaps it’s time to consider becoming a volunteer fire fighter with the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department. Applications may be picked up at the downtown fire hall or downloaded at www.quesnelfire.ca.

“Being a member of the fire department is a rewarding experience,” Fire Chief Sylvain Gauthier said.

“From the camaraderie and sense of belonging, to helping your fellow citizens during one of the most trying times of their lives, it’s a service that provides great value to the community and to the member. We take pride in providing a safe, rapid and professional response to all emergencies.”

Another benefit is the recently instituted volunteer firefighters federal tax credit.

The City of Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department is currently made up of five career and 32 volunteer firefighters, often referred to as a composite department. It operates from three fire stations – West Quesnel, Red Bluff and the main station downtown.

The members are men and women from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds who live close to you and respond 24/7 when paged to deal with emergencies.

The department provides a variety of preventive and emergency services to a population of more than 20,000 in an area of 73 square kilometres. It also has a Mutual Aid agreement with each of the five neighbouring rural departments (Barlow Creek, Bouchie Lake, Kersley, Ten Mile Lake and West Fraser.)