Charlie Lake Fire Department Chief Terry Truchan says changes are coming to the process to become a volunteer firefighter. Potential recruits will have to go through a physical demands test as well as an interview.
“There’s going to be seven different firefighting skills that they will have to simulate,” he says. “Everything from a charged hoseline drag to a dummy drag, to raising a ladder, doing a blacked out search, hitting a weighted tire approximately 18 inches and things like that.”
Those wanting to take part must be 19 years old and can be either male or female and should have a desire to help out the community. Truchan says it’s a great opportunity for those wanting to volunteer or to begin a firefighting career. Recruits will be put through the B.C. Basic and NFPA 1001 Professional Firefighters Certification Program. The costs of the $13,000 program will be covered for the applicants.