B.C. seeks firefighters

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is recruiting individuals for the 2013 fire season.

  • Jan. 14, 2013 9:00 a.m.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Wildfire Management Branch is recruiting physically fit, motivated and team-orientated individuals to fill fire crew positions for the 2013 fire season.

Interested candidates can apply until Jan. 24 online through the Wildfire Management Branch website: www.bcwildfire.ca/employment

The job requirements are listed on the website, including details about the recruitment process, preferred qualifications and fitness requirements.

Successful applicants will be assigned to crews in various locations throughout the province and typically will start in May and work until the end of August.

During the course of their employment, crew members not only fight fires throughout B.C., but may also be called upon to assist with fire suppression in other parts of Canada and internationally.

Throughout the season, crews will be engaged in a variety of activities and projects, including fuel management, prescribed burning, community work and public awareness campaigns.

All crew members must meet national physical fitness requirements.

New crew members receive extensive training in fire behaviour, fire management tactics, fireline equipment use, fireline organization, communications, air operations and orienteering.

The Wildfire Management Branch employs over 1,100 firefighters and specialized personnel, who are widely considered to be among the best wildfire crews in the world.