Program Details and Opportunities:

Being a firefighter is a challenging and rewarding career for both men and women. A firefighter today must be skilled, competent, professional and able to deal with any kind of emergency. Being a WEP firefighter you will have the opportunity to continually maintain and upgrade your skills through specialized training and emergency situations.

Through the 11 month program your responsibilities as a WEP firefighter will include but not be limited to:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Inspections
  • Motor Vehicle Incidents
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • First Responder
  • Public Education
  • Public Assists
  • Fire Station & Equipment Maintenance
  • Duty Shifts
  • Volunteerism
  • Fundraising

Program Overview:

  • Trainees will have the opportunity to maintain their previously acquired NFPA 1001 skills through specialized training drills, regular training sessions, emergency response calls and examinations.
  • Trainees will acquire job experience by participating in specialized programs such as pre-incident planning, public education, regular fire hall duties and other volunteer training programs.
  • Trainees will train and be EMA certified as Medical First Responders Schedule 2. They will also complete the Canadian Red Cross EMR course.
  • Trainees will become regular paid-on-call members of the Big White Fire Dept. and will be required to uphold the same standards and commitments. Trainees will receive the same stipends as the regular paid-on-call members.
  • The Big White Fire Dept. will assist the candidates career search for Fire Department job postings and provide education such as interview and resume writing skills.
  • Vacation time or personal leave can be made available upon request.
  • Trainees will be required to make a 11 month commitment to the program.

WEP members will:

  • be involved in regular duty shifts.
  • create and maintain pre-incident plans, public education and participate in company inspections.
  • participate in specialized training sessions to maintain and enhance their certification and skill levels.
  • have the opportunity to instruct training courses to regular members in order to further apply and challenge their skills and abilities.
  • complete regular hall and equipment maintenance as an integral part of the program.
  • respond to emergency calls as paid-on-call members of the Big White Fire Department.

WEP firefighters also spend many hours living and working together while also performing routine duties at the fire hall. For this reason, the ability to accept orders, work as a team and to get along well with others is essential for all WEP firefighters. You must also be able to assess situations, make decisions, and act on your own initiatives.

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    Application packages can be emailed to or faxed attention
    Deputy Fire Chief Josh Foster or mailed to:
    Big White Fire Department
    PO Box 45004
    Kelowna BC, V1P 1P3
    Ph: 250-765-3090
    Toll Free: 1-877-216-3909
    Fax: 250-765-3051