Volunteer firefighter recruitment drive

Stettler Regional Fire Department responded to a baler fire north west of Stettler on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Two large fire trucks as well as several volunteers and neighbours attended the scene. The reason for the combustion of the baler is unknown at this time but it did travel into nearby brush and deadfall, causing the fire to spread. Nearby cattle were moved to a different pasture for the time being. (Terri Huxley/ECA Review)
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Red Deer County has launched a new campaign aimed at recruiting volunteer firefighters.

Volunteer firefighters make a huge difference in their communities and can gain valuable experience in a number of different areas. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 97 per cent of Canadian fire departments is staffed by volunteers.

Red Deer County Fire Services operates in the communities of Bowden, Delburne, Elnora, Red Deer South and North (immediately outside the city of Red Deer), as well as Spruce View and Springbrook.

Volunteers are generally matched with the station closest to their homes.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have a Class 5 driver’s license. Volunteers must also be able to pass a physical fitness test. All other training and equipment are provided by County Fire Services.

Red Deer County’s Director of Community and Protective Services, Dave Brand, says, “Our Fire Services volunteers get the chance to experience unique challenges and rewards you can’t find in other jobs. We want members from a wide variety of backgrounds who are committed to learning new skills, being part of a team and making a difference in our community, no matter what your career or previous experience is.”

The deadline for applications is October 12, 2018.

For more information on volunteering, go to the Red Deer County website.

To stay up to date with Red Deer County, visit www.rdcounty.ca or go to our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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