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Work Experience Program (WEP)

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 we are able to provide Fire Departments with a concentrated pool of pre-screened, highly-motivated, skilled and productive individuals. These Departments recognize a savings on their recruitment costs, improved employee retention, and an appropriate employment match – this is a testament of 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. On a rotational basis WEP firefighters provide duty coverage after-hours and on weekends.

Accommodations

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

Opportunity/Rewards

WEP firefighters will be remunerated for response to emergencies and attendance to regularly scheduled training. In addition WEP firefighters receive $3600.00 which can be taken in the form of education allowance or stipend to assist with living expenses. 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.

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.
• Consent to Criminal Record check
• In-depth personal record check.
• Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement, favorable driver’s abstract with no more than 3 demerit points.
• Doctor’s Medical Clearance or Certificate of Fitness; Fit Tech, CPAT or York.
• Commitment to a 12-month Work Experience Program.

Preferred Qualifications

• EMA 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

 

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

CLICK HERE to download the Work Experience Program Application