COMOX B.C- The Comox Fire Rescue is looking for men and women to fill vacancies in its membership.

The fire department is particularly interested in persons who work close to the Comox Fire Station and are available to respond to emergencies during the daytime (at least a couple of days per week).

Ideal applicants should be dedicated, hard working, team players who are willing to be challenged. Applicants must also be physically fit and available to attend Tuesday evening training sessions on a regular basis.

They also have a couple openings for their two year, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certification program. Paid on call firefighters will receive free certification for this international firefighter standard, while gaining valuable experience in the fire service.

Fire chief Gord Schreiner said in a release that it’s not only a great service for those interested in joining, but also for the community.

“Using a system of volunteer, paid-on-call, and career members the fire department provides a variety of important services, at very reasonable costs to thousands of citizens,” said Schreiner.

“We are very fortunate to have a great group of paid on call firefighters who are very dedicated to this wonderful community, however we do need new members from time to time.”

According to the release the Comox Fire Rescue takes training very seriously and trains all of its members to a provincial standard. The training of those new members usually takes two years to complete.

Much of the training is done locally as the fire department has a training centre located behind their fire station.

If you are interested in applying, you can pick up an application from the fire hall, contact Chief Gord Schreiner at 250-339-2432, or email firehall@comox.ca.