Sooke Fire Rescue is a composite department made up of seven (7) career personnel: Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, two Captains, and three Firefighters. These career members augment the Paid On-Call Firefighters, and the Fire Incident Support Team (FIST). The Sooke Fire Rescue Department strives to maintain a roster of 45 Paid On-Call members, and welcomes a diverse array of skills and experience to the team. If you enjoy helping people, appreciate continuous learning and are physically fit, we invite you to apply for a position as a Paid On-Call Firefighter. Firefighters must be 18 years old by the time the probationary period commences (can be 17 during recruit training months).

Applications are accepted year-round, with a late September application deadline (October 12, 2020 for 2020/2021). Application documents include: a volunteer application form, a criminal record check, a driver’s abstract, copy of driver’s license (front and back), and proof of education (copies of certificates and/or credentials).

The application process involves submission of a complete application package, an interview, a written aptitude test and an agility test. Once welcomed to the team, Paid On-Call Firefighters benefit from a robust and comprehensive training program that runs throughout the year on Thursday nights, with additional training opportunities offered over weekends as interests and abilities progress. A number of fun activities and team-building events are planned throughout the year that members’ families are welcome to participate in.

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What are the benefits of being a Paid On-Call Firefighter?

  • Financial – Paid On-Call compensation based on training levels
  • Mentorship and leadership development
  • Skills advancement
  • Specialized gear and equipment
  • Health and wellness programs – full access to gym
  • Service to the community – agency partnerships
  • Family events and friendships
  • Complimentary adrenaline boosts

Interested in applying or learning more? We invite you to read the Recruit Newsletters, visit the Paid On-Call Firefighter page to explore the recruitment schedule and download an application package. Set up a face-to-face meeting by contacting