The Fire and Rescue service is one of the most diverse and challenging professions.
It is this diversity that inspires most men and women to enter the service – both as volunteers and career employees. Imagine having to train for situations such as building fires, hazardous chemical spills, heart attacks, vehicle accidents, and almost any imaginable emergency situations in between. This diversity must be met by the commitment of firefighters to respond to calls day or night, in rain or snow, under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances. All of these factors contribute to a personally rewarding volunteer experience.
You need more than just a desire to help people and give back to the community. You also need courage and dedication, assertiveness, and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. The fire and rescue service is not for the meek or timid, nor is it for those who lose control of their emotions during times of crisis. Our service is one that calls on its members to perform hot, sweaty, dirty, strenuous work, often in uncertain and hazardous environments. The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue service are often beyond description. Accomplishment, compassion and fulfillment are only a few of the words firefighters use to describe their feelings about their position.
- A Canadian Class 5 Drivers License (minimum)
- minimum 18 years of age
- ability to understand and communicate in English (written and oral)
- physically able to perform tasks/duties of the job
- able to commit to training and respond to emergency calls
- live and/or work in the response area
- NO conviction of a criminal offense related to the job duties of a firefighter
- work as part of a team to respond to emergency situations
- protect citizens in times of crisis
- perform the duties of emergency responder, fire suppression, and public education as assigned
- learn the skills of an emergency responder
- respond to a broad range of emergency situations
- provide pre-hospital care for victims
- be a community role model
- responsible for upgrading and maintaining skills/knowledge and physical requirements
- maintain fire station and the upkeep of firefighting equipment
(Source: Alberta Fire Chiefs Association)
If you would like to know more about the Bentley District Fire Department, please feel free to contact us at (403) 748-4348. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss any questions or concerns you may have about joining this incredible organization!
Ian McLaren | FIRE CHIEF