We’re accepting applications for Paid On-Call Firefighters!

Applications for Paid On-Call Firefighters are accepted year-round. The next class of recruits starts training in January 2022, with an application deadline of September 1, 2021. Applications are available online and at Fire Station #1, 2225 Otter Point Road. To learn more, contact Firefighter, Ben Temple by phone 250-642-5422, or email fire.recruitment@sooke.ca

Welcome Letter Fire Chief Mount

Paid On-Call Firefighter ONLINE Application Form 2021
Paid On-Call Firefighter Schedule & Application Information 2021

A Police Information Check is required of all members of the department. NEW PIC Electronic Process 2021

Training sessions for new recruit firefighters begin in January 2021 at Fire Station #1. When basic training is completed, successful applicants will be issued a pager and can begin attending emergency calls.

After basic training, recruits become a “Probationary” Firefighter. Prior to being a Probationary Member, each recruit must successfully complete a written and practical evaluation.

Upon successful completion of probation, the new member becomes a “regular” firefighter and continues with regular Thursday night training sessions with their fellow firefighters.

  • Paid On-Call members living west of the Sooke River Bridge will be assigned to Station 1
  • Paid On-Call members living east of the Sooke River Bridge will be assigned to Station 2

All new recruit firefighters are trained to the NFPA 1001 Standard through the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Once recruit members have achieved the NFPA 1001 Level 1 Standard, they are able to continue the process to become accredited NFPA 1001 Level 2 firefighters.

Paid On-Call Firefighter Requirements:

  • Resident of the District of Sooke
  • High School Graduation or GED
  • Canadian citizen or landed immigrant status
  • Driving record that demonstrates safe and responsible driving behaviour
  • Must be in good physical condition and able to successfully complete agility test
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Current drivers license and access to vehicle
  • Must pass a criminal record check
  • Must be able to attend all scheduled training sessions
  • Must work well with others and be able to function in the dynamic and fast paced emergency services.
  • Must be medically fit

Preferred Qualifications

  • Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 drivers license
  • Air brake endorsement
  • Fire related courses, such as NFPA 1001 Level II, NFPA 1002, NFPA 472
  • Post secondary education
  • Technical or trade certificate
  • Advanced first aid training
  • Previous fire or emergency services experience
  • Ability to respond to daytime emergencies

Sooke Fire Rescue offers no-obligation information and orientation sessions for all new and prospective Paid On-Call applicants. You and your spouse are encouraged to attend where you can learn just what it takes to become a firefighter in your community.

Being a Paid On-Call Firefighter is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling opportunity. All members will be challenged both mentally and physically on a daily basis. Being an active member is a similar commitment to a part-time job.

Questions about recruiting? Contact us!  2225 Otter Point Road | phone: 250-642-5422 | email: fire.recruitment@sooke.ca