TAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor Fire Rescue is still looking for new volunteers.

“We would be happy to have you come out and see what we do and let you talk to other members of the department to find out first hand on what to expect and how rewarding it is,” said the department in a statement Thursday.

The firefighters put out a call for new volunteers back in February, which at the time consisted of one Fire Chief, one Deputy Fire Chief, three volunteer Captains, three Lieutenants, and twelve firefighters.

“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,” Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Holder said in February.

Anyone who is interested and lives within Taylor, or the fire rescue’s protection area, is asked to contact Chief Steve Byford at 250-789-3392 or sbyford@districtoftaylor.com.

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.

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).