Paid On-Call Firefighter Recruitment

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West Kelowna Fire Rescue is hiring!

We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about helping others and protecting our community to join our team of Paid On-Call firefighters.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue (WKFR) is recruiting to fill 24 Paid On-Call firefighter positions in 2023. Online applications are now being accepted and training for successful candidates begins in February 2023. For more information and to apply online, visit our Careers page.

WKFR provides emergency response, fire prevention and protection and rescue services for the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation. Serving our Greater Westside communities since 1949, career and Paid On-Call firefighters respond to emergencies 24/7, 365 days per year. The department also partners with fire and rescue services in other jurisdictions to help with regional, provincial and national emergencies.


Key dates

  • November 30: Information Session - Glenrosa Firehall Stn. 34 - 3399 Gates Road
  • November 23 - December 11: Online application period open. Apply today!
  • January 2023:
    • Physical and skills testing begins
    • Candidate interviews
  • Late January 2023: Successful candidates are notified
  • February 2023: Training program begins


About the program

In support of career firefighters, Paid On-Call firefighters are professionals who demonstrate a willingness to help, work well as part of a team and are dedicated members of the community. Previous firefighting experience is not required.

The Paid On-Call training program is an nine-month process comprised of weekday and weekend training. A detailed training schedule will be presented at the Information Session. The training program is designed to give applicants necessary skills to be a Paid On-Call member with WKFR.

Training topics will cover Emergency Medical First Responder 3 with AED and Spinal, NFPA 1001, S100/S130 Wildland Firefighter and JIBC Live Fire 1 and 2 and HAZMAT Ops.

We provide professional training and on the job experience to become valued members of the team and highly skilled firefighters. Members find the program rewarding because they are able to make a difference in their local community.

After successful completion of testing and training, you will earn your professional qualification and be assigned to one of our two Paid On-Call stations based on where you live. You will be required to attend a minimum of 30% of all calls, at least 75% of weekly training and complete a six month probationary period.


Qualifications
  • 19 years of age or older
  • Grade 12 education or equivalent.
  • Be a resident of the City of West Kelowna or Westbank First Nation
  • Physically fit and have a doctor's consent to participate in fitness testing
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver's License with no more than 6 points and no prohibitions or suspensions in the past three years
  • Police Information Check with vulnerable sector
  • Able to attend training sessions on weekday evenings and weekends

A current EMA license and NFPA 1001 certification is an asset.


Attend the Information Session

Want to know more about being a Paid on-Call firefighter? We're hosting an in-person Information Session so you can learn more about recruitment, training and how you can build your career while serving the community.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30
Doors open: 5:45 p.m.
Presentation: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Glenrosa Firehall Station 34

3399 Gates Road

RSVP is not required. We hope to see you there!


How to apply

Online applications are now being accepted. To see the job posting and to apply online, visit our Careers page.


West Kelowna Fire Rescue is hiring!

We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about helping others and protecting our community to join our team of Paid On-Call firefighters.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue (WKFR) is recruiting to fill 24 Paid On-Call firefighter positions in 2023. Online applications are now being accepted and training for successful candidates begins in February 2023. For more information and to apply online, visit our Careers page.

WKFR provides emergency response, fire prevention and protection and rescue services for the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation. Serving our Greater Westside communities since 1949, career and Paid On-Call firefighters respond to emergencies 24/7, 365 days per year. The department also partners with fire and rescue services in other jurisdictions to help with regional, provincial and national emergencies.


Key dates

  • November 30: Information Session - Glenrosa Firehall Stn. 34 - 3399 Gates Road
  • November 23 - December 11: Online application period open. Apply today!
  • January 2023:
    • Physical and skills testing begins
    • Candidate interviews
  • Late January 2023: Successful candidates are notified
  • February 2023: Training program begins


About the program

In support of career firefighters, Paid On-Call firefighters are professionals who demonstrate a willingness to help, work well as part of a team and are dedicated members of the community. Previous firefighting experience is not required.

The Paid On-Call training program is an nine-month process comprised of weekday and weekend training. A detailed training schedule will be presented at the Information Session. The training program is designed to give applicants necessary skills to be a Paid On-Call member with WKFR.

Training topics will cover Emergency Medical First Responder 3 with AED and Spinal, NFPA 1001, S100/S130 Wildland Firefighter and JIBC Live Fire 1 and 2 and HAZMAT Ops.

We provide professional training and on the job experience to become valued members of the team and highly skilled firefighters. Members find the program rewarding because they are able to make a difference in their local community.

After successful completion of testing and training, you will earn your professional qualification and be assigned to one of our two Paid On-Call stations based on where you live. You will be required to attend a minimum of 30% of all calls, at least 75% of weekly training and complete a six month probationary period.


Qualifications
  • 19 years of age or older
  • Grade 12 education or equivalent.
  • Be a resident of the City of West Kelowna or Westbank First Nation
  • Physically fit and have a doctor's consent to participate in fitness testing
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver's License with no more than 6 points and no prohibitions or suspensions in the past three years
  • Police Information Check with vulnerable sector
  • Able to attend training sessions on weekday evenings and weekends

A current EMA license and NFPA 1001 certification is an asset.


Attend the Information Session

Want to know more about being a Paid on-Call firefighter? We're hosting an in-person Information Session so you can learn more about recruitment, training and how you can build your career while serving the community.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30
Doors open: 5:45 p.m.
Presentation: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Glenrosa Firehall Station 34

3399 Gates Road

RSVP is not required. We hope to see you there!


How to apply

Online applications are now being accepted. To see the job posting and to apply online, visit our Careers page.

Ask a question

Do you have a question about recruitment, training or the Paid On-Call program? Ask us! 

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