Firefighter recruitment an issue in the MD of Lesser Slave River

Volunteers needed

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What if you called 911 for help and no one came to help you with a car accident, a fire, flooding or a lost family member?

Because of where we choose to live, we do not have full-time firefighters sitting at the fire hall as they do in the big cities. Ours are volunteers. They are dads, moms, mechanics, welders, health professionals, government workers, shift workers, farmers, electricians, and business owners, who have graciously stepped up and responded at a moment’s notice to help serve and protect the communities in which they live.

It used to be we had waiting lists for citizens to become members of the Regional Fire Service. Training standards were minimal and emergency call-outs were manageable with the volunteers we had. However, the times have changed.

Today’s volunteer firefighters are provided with the highest level of training and use specialized equipment to keep you and your community safe. Call volumes are increasing every year. In 2019, the Regional fire service responded to 443 calls, a record year, and in January 2020, there were 59 calls for service. The busiest month on record in recent years was May of 2019 with 52 calls, and the January average is 27 calls for service. Can you spot the trend? Increased calls for services means our members have to give up more of their valuable time, and it is starting to take its toll on the membership. Membership is down in all our halls across the region, and to continue to provide the best professional care we need your help.

The Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service strives to provide first- class emergency services. Our volunteer firefighters dedicate their time and talents to respond to emergencies and increase safety within our communities.

The fire service is looking for dedicated individuals to carry forward a strong tradition developed over the past 50 years.

“If you share our passion, then this could be a rewarding experience for you,” says Chief Alex Pavcek. “Become part of our dynamic team. Drop by the fire station in your community to pick up an application package, call 780-849-4110 or visit www.md124.ca or www.slavelake.ca.”

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