Department pursuing volunteers

Volunteer firefighters sought at Vernon Fire Department

The Vernon Fire Department is looking to bolster its ranks.

Applications are currently being received for volunteer firefighters.

“Participation as a paid-on-call firefighter will bring personal reward and satisfaction, a tremendous sense of accomplishment and significant community service,” said Jack Blair, deputy fire chief.

Firefighters train to be prepared to respond to many different emergency situations, including structural fires, motor vehicle incidents, hazardous material incidents and medical emergencies.

The primary goal is to prevent fire emergencies from occurring, through public education, fire safety and code enforcement programs, and to be prepared to mitigate emergencies and assist medical emergencies.

“The business of emergency response, and the protection of lives and property may be potentially stressful, but the rewards are considerable,” said Blair.

Applications are available at the fire hall or at  www.vernon.ca/employment/open_4_hire.html.