On behalf of the Big White Fire Department I would like to welcome you to our training site. Our department has seen many changes over the past year as we work towards developing, attaining and maintaining a high level of training standards for our members.
I have been eagerly working towards an officer development program and a succession plan that will enhance and develop the skills of our officers and firefighters.
Our paid on-call firefighters have stepped up to the challenges we face as our community continues to grow in leaps and bounds. We are very proud of their accomplishments. Our work experience program has been extremely successful as each year we continue to build and develop to make the experience mutually beneficial to the community as well as the WEP participants. This success is apparent as we are receiving applicants from all across Canada.
I am very pleased to announce that we currently have seven members enrolled in the NFPA 1001 BC Fire Fighter Level 1 & 2 Certification Program through the College of the Rockies and eleven members enrolled in the Exterior Operations Program. This huge undertaking by our members prepares them to serve effectively as a firefighter in our department and community. With hundreds of hours of study and practical sessions, and their time away from families, work and personal lives, they are setting a high standard as paid on-call firefighters. Their additional skills, knowledge and abilities gained from these programs increase the level of service they provide to the community of Big White and surrounding areas.
On behalf of everyone, I thank you for your ongoing commitment, dedication and support, good luck and stay safe.
Deputy Fire Chief
Over 85% of our Work Experience Program members have been hired by career or paid on call fire departments all across Canada. Next application period begins January 4, 20201.