Parksville’s volunteer fire department is looking for men and women interested in a challenge.
Fire Chief Doug Banks says his department needs to fill out its ranks after four of its members moved on to jobs as full-time, paid fire fighters. Another seven people, he continued moved on — meaning the department needs people to fill out the ranks.
“It’s going to be a big recruit class,” said Banks of the latest drive for new fire fighters. “We do try to keep our numbers up around 40.”
That amount, he said, ensures the department can respond adequately to calls throughout each day and night.
Applications are being taken now at the fire hall or online at www.pvfd.ca/recruiting. Banks said the department will take resumes and conduct interviews between now and mid-April, at which time they will select 10 people and begin local training.
The fire fighters meet each Monday night for training and the recruits will be working on weekends to get up to snuff.
“Additional people will be a benefit and help share the load,” said Banks.