Wild­land fire­fighter re­cruit­ment un­der­way

The Prince George Citizen - - Local -

The BC Wild­fire Ser­vice is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for wild­land fire­fighter po­si­tions for the 2019 fire sea­son.

Be­tween 150 and 200 po­si­tions are avail­able across the prov­ince.

On­line ap­pli­ca­tions can be sub­mit­ted on the B.C. Wild­fire Ser­vice web­site un­til Jan. 15.

Ap­pli­cants who pass the screen­ing phase will be in­vited to at­tend an in­ter­view and com­plete a fit­ness assess­ment. These steps will be com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the prov­ince.

New re­cruits typ­i­cally start work in early May and fin­ish at the end of Septem­ber. Stu­dents are able to end their terms early to re­turn to school while oth­ers may be of­fered an op­por­tu­nity to work into the fall, de­pend­ing on wild­fire con­di­tions and ac­tiv­ity.

Af­ter new re­cruits suc­cess­fully com­plete their first fire sea­son, they are el­i­gi­ble for re­call rights and will have a job with a four-to-eight-month term. If work is avail­able, this could lead to a year­round job with the BC Wild­fire Ser­vice, al­low­ing peo­ple to pur­sue fire­fight­ing as a ca­reer.

“Fire­fight­ing is a unique job,” of­fi­cials said in a bul­letin.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in chal­leng­ing them­selves men­tally and phys­i­cally, see­ing some of the most spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions in the prov­ince, and work­ing with a group of ded­i­cated peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about what they do.

“Dur­ing the win­ter, fire­fight­ers are able to spend time pur­su­ing other ac­tiv­i­ties, such as at­tend­ing school or trav­el­ling.”

To learn more about the ap­pli­ca­tion process, get de­tails about re­quired and pre­ferred qual­i­fi­ca­tions, and com­plete the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wild­fire­jobs.

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