It’s the largest recruitment for the Prince George Fire Rescue Service. 8 firefighters have been hired, and began training last Monday. The reason behind the intake is retirement.
“We have had 8 [firefighters retire] over the last year, so there are 3 that have just left and one is coming off the books at the end of the month and one in June,” says the Deputy Fire Chief of the Prince George Fire Rescue, Cliff Warner. “It’s a lot of experience and wealth of knowledge that is going out the door.”
There is also a lot of promise walking through the doors. The process to get hired with the PG Fire Rescue is extensive. “They have come from all over the province, and from Alberta and locally from Prince George,” says Deputy Fire Chief Warner. “They have to come with a lot of preexisting experience and knowledge, including firefighting, first aid, driving, and then just life skills.”
Colby Dodd is one of the probationary firefighters. For the 23-year-old from Langley, this career is the start of a new life in the North. “Prince George is the place I want to settle down. I moved up with my fiancé and we are going to be getting married soon and starting a family soon. Prince George is a place I want to live out my career, and live out my life.”
The recruits will finish training on June 17.