Firefighter Work Experience Program – Creston, BC – 2019/2020
Being a WEP firefighter provides knowledge and experience that fire departments look for in new recruits. This challenging and rewarding opportunity offers you the ability to maintain and enhance your previously acquired skills while responding to emergencies or performing required station duties.
WEP firefighters live at the station. Sleeping quarters are bunk type dorms accommodating both men and women. Full laundry, cooking, washrooms, showers, and lounge facilities are provided at no cost. Other amenities include wireless internet and television.
Opportunity & Rewards
WEP firefighters will be remunerated for response to emergencies, attendance to regularly scheduled training, and standby duties.
In addition WEP firefighters receive $2,400 which can be taken in the form of education allowance or stipend to assist with living expenses. A complimentary pass to the Creston and District Community Centre for swimming and gym is provided to WEP firefighters to help maintain physical fitness and offer a form of recreation.
Enhancing your skills to assist you in your career search is our priority. WEP firefighters are mentored by experienced training and fire officers. You will participate in specialized WEP training evolutions, regular training sessions with department, assist in training paid-on-call firefighters and personal development education.
Duties and Responsibilities
A 12 month commitment to the work experience program is required, with the exception of those hired to a career fire department during their program. Daily duties of the WEP firefighter is balanced between, but not limited to; fire suppression, technical rescue, medical response, fire prevention, public education, company fire inspections, preplanning, maintenance duties of equipment and fire station, as well as community events. WEP firefighters work a standard daytime shift routine Monday to Friday and are scheduled for duty coverage on weekends on a rotational basis.
Work Experience Program Entrance Requirements
19 years of age or older
Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
Commitment to a 12 month work experience program
Consent to criminal record check
Doctor's Medical Clearance or Certificate of Fitness; Fit Tech, CPAT or York
Driver’s license with Air Brake Endorsement, favorable driver's abstract with no more than 3 points
High School Graduate
In-depth personal record check
NFPA 1001 - Firefighter 1 and 2 or equivalent certification
Advanced level of First Aid Training
Emergency Medical Responder
First Responder Level 3
Occupational First Aid Level 3
Post Secondary Academic Diploma
Previous firefighting or other related work
Primary Care Paramedic or equivalent
Technical, Trades or equivalent level
Please fill out the WEP application found on the Town of Creston website. Applications accepted until September 16, 2019.
If you have any questions please contact Jared Riel, Fire Chief at 250 428 2214 ext. 522 or [email protected]