Duties and Expectations of a Volunteer Firefighter

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Training

As a member of the Department, volunteer firefighters are expected to report to regular or special training sessions as often as possible and must meet the department’s minimum attendance requirements of 75% to insure that all firefighters maintain a safe level of training.

Responding to calls

When available, members can be called on to provide the following services to the community:

Fire suppression:

  • Structural Firefighting
  • Vehicle Firefighting
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Assisting Airport Fire Department with Aircraft Firefighting
  • Flammable Liquid and Compressed Gas leaks or fires

Rescue:

  • Auto extrication at Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Rescuing entrapped people form: Fire, Collapsed Buildings, Machinery, Confined spaces, Rope rescue and a variety of other situations.
  • Assisting Airport Fire Department with Aircraft Crash Rescue
  • Assisting Ambulance Service when requested

Hazardous Materials Response: 

  • Responding to hazardous materials incidents that occur in the city.

Fire Prevention/Public Education: 

  • Providing fire safety education to the public and operating the Fire Safety House to teach fire safety to schoolchildren. Participating in Fire Prevention Week activities.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 19 years of age or older
  2. Must have NFPA Firefighter Level 1&2 or Equivalent
  3. Resident of Whitehorse or Work in Whitehorse (if available during working hours)
  4. Available to attend training sessions
  5. Legally entitled to work in Canada
  6. Yukon Class 5 Driver’s Licence
  7. Good Driving Record (More than 6 demerits in the last three years is considered excessive. Driver’s Abstract no more than 3 months old must be provided)
  8. No criminal or summary convictions that would adversely affect public trust
  9. Good physical and mental health
  10. Valid Medical Evaluation 

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Class 3 Driver’s Licence with Air Brake Endorsement
  2. First Aid training and experience
  3. Construction or building experience
  4. Experience operating heavy equipment or driving commercial vehicles
  5. Ability to respond during normal business hours.

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