- Have you ever driven past a car accident and wished you knew how to help?
- Have you ever wondered what actually happens when someone calls 911?
- Do you have a genuine desire to help others in time of need?
- Would you like to be part of a group that can turn total chaos into order?
- Would you like to receive free training, gain personal satisfaction and have fun serving your community as part of a group of dedicated emergency service volunteers?
Volunteering as a firefighter can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do. Our work is often hard, sometimes dangerous and at times unpleasant. But it's also exciting and enjoyable, and the personal fulfilment is priceless.
You don't need to be a bodybuilder or have any particular background or specialized knowledge. What you do need are commitment, common sense, team focus, and a willingness to master new skills and face new challenges.
You need to commit to weekly training sessions and simple duties such as helping to keep the hall and apparatus clean. And you need to be willing to hop out of bed at 3:00 in the morning in bad weather when someone desperately needs help.
We'll teach you how to provide that help. Along the way you'll experience some amazing things and enjoy the camaraderie of a great group of people.
Applicants must be:
- minimum 19 years of age
- of good character
- in good health and reasonably fit
- a team player
- able to take direction from officers and senior members
A background check for any criminal record and a driver's abstract are obtained for each applicant during the six month probationary period.
All members must take in-depth training in firefighting. Some members choose to take further training in other areas such as medical first response, rope rescue and swiftwater rescue.
Basic training takes place every Tuesday evening from 18:30 to 20:30 hrs. We train to a professional standard based on the NFPA 1001. Medical first responders generally train once each month (usually the third Thursday), and the Beasley Rescue Society's rope and swiftwater rescue members train on the second Wednesday of each month. Some also train regularly (most Sundays during the spring and summer months) with Nelson Search and Rescue's water rescue team.