The Williams Lake Fire Department is accepting applications for paid-on-call firefighters.
“We’re looking anywhere from six to eight firefighters this year,” says Deputy Fire Chief Rob Warnock.
“Men or women. They just have to be 19 years of age, physically fit meaning that your doctor has to be able to sign you off that you’re able to do the work that we do here.”
Applicants must also live within the Williams Lake Fire Protection District preferably Warnock says within 5-7 minutes of the Fire Hall located at 230 Hodgson Road.
“We’ve had people moving away for other jobs and things like that so we’re just down right now. We’ve taken eight firefighters in before so if we get eight good candidates this time we will probably take them all in,” he says adding that the Department has three career firefighters and try to carry 40 paid-on-call firefighters.
An information session will be held at the Williams Lake Fire Hall on Feb. 7 at 7 pm where selection criteria will be reviewed and application forms will be available.
Applications close on Feb. 16 at 4:30 pm.
(Editor’s Note: Deputy Fire Chief Rob Warnock of the Williams Lake Fire Department talks about the time commitment required to be a paid-on-call firefighter in the audio file below)