TAYLOR, B.C – Taylor Fire Rescue is in need of volunteers.

“It’s supporting your local community. It’s the aspect of helping your neighbour and protecting [the community]. Everyone has special talents. The more people we have, the more talents we can obtain to provide their services,” says Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Holder.

Currently, TFR consists of one Fire Chief, one Deputy Fire Chief, three volunteer Captains, three Lieutenants, and twelve firefighters. Holder says there is no limit to the number of volunteers they’re accepting.

The Fire and Rescue Service also has the Junior Firefighter Program for young men and women, ages 14 to 18, looking to become active firefighters.

There are currently two junior firefighters, and two probationary firefighters looking to become full-time volunteers.

Anyone looking to become a volunteer or join the Junior Firefighter Program is asked to contact Fire Chief Steve Byford at 250-789-3392.

In 2019, the department responded to 154 calls for service ranging from fires, medical aids and motor vehicle incidents.

The department has one pumper (Engine 11), one pumper/tender (Engine 12), one rescue truck (Rescue 10), one Crash/Wildland truck (Unit 3) and a Command Unit (Car 1).