Work Experience Program (WEP)

Application closing date: TBA

Being a WEP Firefighter is both challenging and rewarding. Our program offers you the ability to explore your interest in the Fire Service while developing your firefighting skills and work habits in preparation to advance towards firefighting as a career.

If you are looking at our page, you are likely experiencing the challenge of applying for career employment; you have learned there are plenty of applicants for a limited number of positions – competition is stiff. What would make your application stand out from the rest?

We offer what Fire Departments are looking for; candidates with the right combination of life-experience, cutting edge knowledge and practical experience. Through our Work Experience Program (WEP), we are able to provide Fire Departments with a concentrated pool of pre-screened, highly-motivated, skilled and productive individuals. These Departments recognize savings on their recruitment costs, improved employee retention, and an appropriate employment match – this is a testament to our Program’s success

Program Structure

A 12-month commitment to the Work Experience Program is required. Of course, those who attain career employment with a Municipal Fire Department during their Program are relieved from this commitment. The daily duties of a WEP firefighter is balanced between, but not limited to; Suppression of Fires, Rescue Response, Medical Response, Fire Prevention, Public Education, Company Level Fire Inspections, Pre-incident Planning, Station and Equipment Maintenance. WEP firefighters work a standard daytime shift routine, Monday to Friday and, duty coverage after-hours and on weekends.


WEP firefighters live at the fire station. Bedrooms are based on single occupancy. Full laundry, cooking, washroom and lounge facilities are provided at no cost. In addition, Wireless Internet Access is provided.

2021 WEP Living Quarters
2021 Merritt Fire Rescue will complete the fire hall expansion project to include (but not limited to) new single-occupancy bedrooms, kitchen & living space, along with shared bathroom facilities.


WEP firefighters will be remunerated for response to emergencies and attendance to regularly scheduled training. A complimentary pass to the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center and Gym is provided to WEP firefighters to help maintain physical fitness and offer a form of recreation.

Training Program

Enhancing your skills is our priority!

Mentored by experienced training and fire officers, you will participate in specialized WEP training evolutions and regular sessions with experienced firefighters. In addition to training, you have self-directed training through your training allowance, WEP firefighters participate in many regional training events supported by the Justice Institute of British Columbia Fire Academy and hosted by the Merritt Fire Rescue Department.

The City of Merritt

Introduction to Merritt

Work Experience Program Entrance Requirements

• Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant.
• High School Graduate
• 19 years of age or older.
• NFPA 1001 – Firefighter I & II or equivalent certification.
• In-depth personal record check.
• Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement, favourable driver’s abstract with no more than 3 demerit points.
Doctor’s Medical Clearance or Certificate of Fitness; Fit Tech, CPAT or York (Please see the COVID-19 Medical/Fitness Clearance note below for more details)
• Commitment to a 12-month Work Experience Program.
• Criminal Record check

Consent for Criminal Record Check is to be submitted to your local authority having jurisdiction (RCMP, Provincial or Municipal Police). Forms for Criminal Record Checks can be provided by your local authority having jurisdiction.

Preferred Qualifications

• First Responder Level 3
• Occupational First Aid Level 3
• Emergency Medical Responder
• Primary Care Paramedic or equivalent
• Previous firefighting or other related work
• Technical, Trades or equivalent level
• Post-Secondary Academic Diploma

COVID-19 Medical/Fitness Clearance

For those unable to complete their Fit Tech, York or CPAT, due to Covid-19, please send the following medical form (to be signed by your physician), with expired certificates, along with your application. Click the link below.

WEP Medical Clearance Form

Please note, applications must be mailed in.

For more information, please contact the Work Experience Program Coordinator, Captain Carl Johnston