Vol­un­teers wanted.

Dept. look­ing for 2 new mem­bers.

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front page - BY ROSALYN ROY Rosalyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

The Port aux Basques Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment is look­ing for a cou­ple of new mem­bers.

Usu­ally the de­part­ment keeps its mem­ber­ship at 35. For a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent rea­sons, there are cur­rently 33 vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers.

Fire Chief Jerry Musseau says the time com­mit­ment re­quired to be a fire­fighter is the most im­por­tant part.

“We have two train­ing ses­sions each month, plus we have a monthly meet­ing,” said Musseau.

Then there’s the con­stant on-call sta­tus.

“You don’t know when you’re go­ing to get a fire call or an emer­gency call of any kind.”

Fire­fight­ers are very ac­tive in the com­mu­nity, host­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in such events as Fire Pre­ven­tion Safety Week talks at schools, or or­ga­niz­ing the Santa Claus Pa­rade. Any­one think­ing of join­ing will have to be aware of the time de­mands on his or her sched­ule as a re­sult.

“There’s a lot of train­ing that comes with it,” ad­vises Musseau, “but there’s no test­ing to pass.”

The last time the de­part­ment re­cruited new mem­bers was two years ago.

For those who choose to vol­un­teer, every­thing is pro­vided by the de­part­ment in­clud­ing the train­ing ses­sions, which take place in the even­ing. There is a one- year pro­ba­tion pe­riod for new re­cruits.

Any­one look­ing to help, meet oth­ers, learn new skills and take on new chal­lenges is en­cour­aged to ap­ply. Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able at the town of­fice.

“I love it,” said Musseau, who has been a vol­un­teer fire­fighter for 28 years.

The best part for him is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

“When a call comes in I’m just glad I’m there to help some­one out in what­ever way I can.”

J. R. ROY/SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

Gary Sparkes, Fire Chief Jerry Musseau, and Ed Reid.

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