Why Become a Volunteer Firefighter?

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The fire and rescue service is a very diverse and challenging endeavour. However, it is not for everyone. These informational pages will introduce you to the job of the modern firefighter and to the requirements necessary. The Whitehorse Fire Department provides professional service from a membership of highly trained and motivated male and female firefighters. The commitment is extensive and so can be the rewards. If you believe that you have the commitment, time, skills, physical ability and desire, then please read on. 

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Photograph courtesy of Samantha Paterson  

There are many good reasons for becoming a Volunteer Firefighter. Being a firefighter is a challenging, satisfying and rewarding experience. There is a special connection between firefighters that can’t help but be developed when you have a group of members that, on a moment’s notice at any time of day or night, turn up to help a neighbour. Friendship and camaraderie are a big part of being a firefighter and are reflected in the department’s social functions. One of the biggest benefits of becoming a volunteer firefighter is the enormous amount of training provided. Training provided to the firefighters is not just applicable to firefighting; it is useful in all aspects of a person’s life, including other occupations and home life.

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Some of the training offered to volunteer firefighters includes:

  • Firefighting and Rescue Skills
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
  • Defensive Driving
  • First Aid
  • Fire Service Leadership Principles 
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Operation of hydraulic rescue tools
  • Fire Prevention and Education
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Operation of hand and power tools
  • Difficult Rescue procedures including ICE / Rope / Confined Space and MVC
  • Operation of fire pumps and water systems
  • Fire Investigation
  • Operate various types of Fire apparatus
  • Wildland Fire Awareness 

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Next, learn about the Fire Department Background