Sooke Fire Rescue is a composite department made up of six (6) career personnel: Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, two Captains, and two firefighters. These career members augment the volunteer firefighters, as well as the volunteer Fire Incident Support Team (FIST).The Sooke Fire Rescue Service strives to maintain a roster of 45 volunteers, 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 volunteer Firefighter. Firefighters must be 18 years old by the time the probationary period commences (can be 17 during recruit training months).

The official recruitment season kicks off each year in August, with a late September application deadline. Applications are accepted year-round and kept on file until the recruitment season. 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 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, volunteer 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.

What are the benefits of being a volunteer firefighter?

  • Personal reward, excitement and comradery
  • Free training, skills development and gym membership
  • Flexible time commitment
  • Service to the community
  • Family events and friendships
  • Financial — call honorarium and income tax deduction
  • Complimentary adrenaline boosts

Interested in applying or learning more? We invite you to read the Recruit Newsletters, visit the Volunteer Firefighter page to explore the recruitment schedule and download an application form, and set up a face-to-face meeting by contacting

Recruit Newsletter – February 1, 2019

Recruit Newsletter – March 30, 2019

Recruit Newsletter – June 1, 2019