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Posted on: June 6, 2022

Now recruiting paid-on-call firefighters

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Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter? Find out by applying to join Wetaskiwin Fire Services as a paid-on-call firefighter.

Who are paid-on-call firefighters? 

Paid-on-call firefighters are your neighbours, your colleagues, and your friends. They are people from all walks of life who respond whenever paged to deal with emergencies in our community. The fire and rescue service is one of the most diverse and challenging professions. Imagine having to train for situations such as structure fires, hazardous chemical spills, heart attacks, vehicle collisions, ice rescue, and almost any possible emergency situation in between. Through these challenges, we aim to develop our firefighters into highly skilled and actively contributing members of the community who have the ability to work efficiently in a team environment while in extreme stress situations. 

For more than 100 years, our local fire department has strived to adapt and change to the risks, threats, and challenges faced in our city. Wetaskiwin Fire Services prides itself on being a team-oriented organization that works diligently to prevent fires, protect life and property, and mitigate all emergency incidents. 

We are a vibrant service that values our past, sees present possibilities, and embraces the challenges of the future. We are committed to providing the citizens of Wetaskiwin with the best service possible. 

What do we offer? 

Training: We provide you with life-long learning. The skills that we teach will not only help you in your firefighting work, but also in situations you may encounter day-to-day. Whether it’s ladders, tying knots, or helping out with basic first aid, these become life-long skills. 

Challenge: Firefighting offers constant challenges, both personal and professional. The satisfaction that results from meeting those challenges will change your life.

Compensation: Wetaskiwin Fire Services is a paid-on-call department. They are paid when called to respond to emergencies as well as when participating in required training. 

Applicants must have:

Commitment: Emergencies can happen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Firefighters are required to attend a weekly two-hour Thursday evening practice session and to attend emergency callouts whenever available. 

Good health: Firefighting is a strenuous job, both mentally and physically. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and undergo a pre-employment medical check-up based on National Fire Protections Association (NFPA) standards. 

Clean criminal record: Applicants are required to have an RCMP criminal record check completed during recruit training. 

Valid Alberta driver’s licence: A Class 5 licence and a driver’s abstract are required. We will train recruits up to a Class 3 license with an air brake endorsement. 

Think you have what it takes to join the Fire Services family? Please fill out an application form and email it—along with your resumé—to hr@wetaskiwin.ca by July 5, 2022. 

For more information about the Wetaskiwin Fire Service, check out wetaskiwin.ca/155/Wetaskiwin-Fire-Services

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