Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR) is embarking on an ambitious mission to bolster its ranks and is reaching out to community minded residents interested in joining our firefighting family at one of our Paid-on-call stations in Fruitvale, Montrose, Genelle, Warfield, and Rossland.
The call is open to anyone that wants to make a difference in our Regional District. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a college student, a seasoned professional, or someone seeking a new purpose, becoming a paid on-call firefighter (POC) with KBRFR offers a fulfilling opportunity to make a real difference in your community.
“Our paid-on-call firefighters are integral to our team and help us protect and serve our communities. They are people just like you, and if they can be firefighters, then you can be too,” says Dan Derby, Regional Fire Chief.
“If you’re curious about the firefighting world, but don’t know whether it’s for you, we’re here to chat about the role and answer all your burning questions!” says District Chief Larry Simm from Rossland.
Joining the team isn’t about fitting a specific mold—it’s about embracing diversity and camaraderie. Firefighter Stefanie Clarkson in Fruitvale emphasizes, “It’s less about gender and more about a group of really good people doing a bunch of really good things, the people are amazing, and you never stop learning and growing as a person.”
Paul Marrandino, Captain in Montrose attests to the thrill and purpose of the role. “From the excitement of responding to calls to the sense of purpose in protecting our community, every moment is gratifying. I get a lot of satisfaction of making a real impact where it matters most. Now is a great time to join us to become part of our team.”
“Joining the Fire Department was life-changing. Being a paid on-call firefighter isn’t just about fighting fires; it’s about being there for your community, your neighbours. It’s an honour to serve alongside such dedicated teammates, and I urge anyone considering it to join us in making a difference.” Mark Stephens, Lieutenant in Warfield.
“If you’ve got that itch for personal development and are looking for a new adventure, then being a paid on-call firefighter is the jackpot. The training you receive is amazing, and it’s not just about firefighting skills—it’s life skills.” Says Firefighter Aaron Hurley.
Applications for this year’s intake are now open and will close on June 30, 2024! Interested candidates can learn more by visiting the regional district’s website at rdkb.com/careers. Application packs can be picked up at the fire department’s headquarters in Trail, located at 843 Rossland Ave or any POC stations in Rossland, Warfield, Montrose, Genelle, or Fruitvale. You can also email kbrfradmin@rdkb.com, or call 250.364.1737. A criminal record check from the RCMP detachment and a driver’s abstract will need to be submitted with applications. Applicants must also be at least 19 years old and be prepared to attend weekly training sessions from 7 – 9pm at their local fire hall.
Don’t miss your chance to join a new family, make a meaningful impact, and be the firefighter your community needs. Apply today and ignite your passion for service with Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue!