Monday night at North Battleford Fire Department, the 10 newest members of their part-time paidcon-call volunteer staff were presented their graduation certificates.
They had completed Saskatchewan Firefighting Level One and Incident Command System 100 certificates, after receiving more than 100 hours of theoretical and practical instruction. They received their diplomas from Fire Chief Trevor Brice and City Manager Randy Patrick.
They also presented a special award to volunteer firefighter Trevor Watts for his 26 years of volunteer service to the fire department.
The paid on-call recruits will receive more training in October as they go for Level Two certification.
Brice is looking forward to using these volunteers, who support their full-time firefighters in battling blazes.
“This group of recruits have come together and worked hard to achieve these qualifications and I am pleased to say they are now being used at incidents,” said Brice in a statement.
Brice went on to say that “we are always looking for enthusiastic people to become paid on-call firefighters. The positions are open to men and women over 18 and the next intake of recruits will start in January 2019.