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1. If I have no training or experience, can I still apply?
Each recruit is provided with a basic training course within the first year of joining a department. It is not necessary to have any prior training or experience; however, completion of a standard first aid course, or any other related training, would be beneficial.
2. What other training is provided?
Training is a priority for all Woodlands County firefighters. When first brought on-board, the Recruit Firefighter will be expected to complete entry-level training covering basic fireground operations, building construction and traffic flagging. Standard first-aid with level C CPR are also provided. Woodlands County follows NFPA standards for the training of firefighters to meet our levels of service. Firefighters have the option to obtain IFSAC or PROBOARD accreditation on the completion of provided training meeting NFPA 1001. Collaboration with local training institutions and mutual aid partners lends to a large pool of training resources we can access.
3. Why is so much time spent on training?
Training not only allows members to build competency, but also meets our obligation under section 3(2) of the Alberta OHS Act and section 15 of the OHS Regulation. Firefighters are exposed to high-risk situations that require the use of technical skills to resolve. The safety of our members is our primary concern, and delivering a high level of service with trained Firefighters to meet public expectations requires that everyone go home safe at the end of each and every call.
4. Do volunteer firefighters receive pay and benefits?
Yes. The County provides $23.00/hr for an incident response plus the current CRA mileage rate for use of personal vehicle when responding. For training nights or practices, volunteer members also receive mileage compensation. Each department is also allocated an amount that is divided amongst its members based on a points system. Although the fire service has a good safety record, firefighters are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy and WCB. Protective clothing and uniforms are supplied, and each member is issued a radio.
6. How much time is involved?
Each department has regular training or practice nights starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. There may be occasional weekend department-organized practices as well. All volunteer members are expected to attend as many of the training sessions as possible. Contact your local Fire Chief for more information.
7. Who can become a firefighter?
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid Class 5 Alberta Driver’s License. They should be physically fit and live within Woodlands County near the fire department they wish to join. Applications are reviewed by the appropriate fire chief and review committee.
There is also a Junior Firefighter position for individuals between the ages of 16-18.
Please mail completed forms to:
Box 60, #1 Woodlands Lane
Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N3