The Fire Department consist of eight full time firefighters, two Chief Officers and a Clerk/Dispatcher. To complement the career staff, there are 28 Volunteer Firefighters that train and work alongside the paid staff to provide fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue, pre-hospital care and hazards mitigation.
Terrace Fire Department
3-3215 Eby Street Terrace, BC V8G 2X8
Phone: 250.638.4734 (Non-Emergency Number)
Fax: 250.635.4933 E-mail: email@example.com
- Be a resident of the City of Terrace, so that you can respond promptly;
- Have obtained a minimum of grade 12 or equivalent;
- Be a minimum of nineteen (19) years of age;
- Be able to meet the Fire Department's physical agility requirements;
- Be able to obtain a medical examination certificate proving you are fit to participate in firefighting activities; and
- Be prepared to commit the necessary time and effort involved in being a Volunteer Firefighter.
Plus obtaining one or more of the following will help your chances:
- Hold a valid first aid/CPR certificate;
- Hold a valid class 5 driver's license;
- Have an air brake endorsement certificate;
- Hold recognized certificates for firefighting courses;
- Live and/or work in locations in which response times would be beneficial to the Fire Department.
A copy of the Volunteer Firefighter Application form can be obtained from the Firehall (#3 - 3215 Eby Street), or downloaded.
Once completed, it can be mailed to:
City of Terrace
Fire & Rescue
#3-3215 Eby Street
If mailed, please mark the envelope with: "Confidential - Application" in the bottom left hand corner of the envelope. Or, you can drop off the completed application form at the fire station. Our office hours are 0800-1630 hours, Monday to Friday.
Yes, it definitely gives you the opportunity to make us aware of your capabilities and background.
If you are successful in the interview and the physical testing, you are well on your way to becoming a Volunteer Firefighter. The last phase requires you to provide a current driver's abstract, a letter from your family physician stating that you can medically take part in the activities of a Firefighter, and finally a criminal records check by the RCMP. We have forms on file explaining what is required for both your family physician and the RCMP criminal records check.
Members of the Fire Department are expected to attend 70% of the scheduled fire practices during the course of the year. Fire practices or training occur every Tuesday evening, starting at 1900 hours and normally go to 2100 hours.
New recruits are also expected to attend the "new recruit" orientation program. This training may be scheduled over a weekend or over a number of evenings. It is essential that all new recruits complete the basic Firefighter program.
When you are available, you are expected to be on voluntary call for any emergency calls that occur in the Terrace area. Generally, we would expect that a Volunteer would be able to attend at least 50% of the calls over a period of a year.
No. Although we encourage members to respond when available, it is our expectation that our Volunteer members would be available for about 50% of the fire-related calls.
No. Most of our current members also have similar times when they are not available for calls. However, the administration of the Fire Department watches this area very closely. If a member is not very active or does not attend many of the calls, they could be asked to step down from their position as a Volunteer Firefighter. This doesn't happen very often. We realize that your family and work comes first, all we ask is that you make an honest effort to attend as many functions and calls as possible.
No, there is no direct compensation for your time. The Terrace Volunteer Association does receive a monthly stipend, which is used by the membership to fund social events throughout the year. The City of Terrace pays for a life insurance policy for each active member, and offers free access to Leisure Services. You can also claim $3000.00 for the volunteer firefighters amount (VFA) tax credit if you meet the 200 eligible hours.
No, definitely not. We have our own in-house training programs and practice sessions. This is an ongoing process within our Department. The more time you invest, the quicker you will learn. As stated before, a successful applicant will be expected to attend the "new recruit orientation training" - this will give you the very basics of firefighting. You will expand on your knowledge at the practices held every Tuesday evening. We also hold regional fire school courses on a regular basis. Over a period of three to four years, the training received will meet the professional qualification for basic Firefighter, as set out by the Province of B.C. and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). We teach these courses on weekends, trying to fit in everyone who wishes to participate. We cannot hold all the training locally due to cost restraints and because we do not have all the facilities available to do the specialized training. Occasionally people will be sent to Kitimat for their live fire training.
Terrace Fire & Rescue responds to highway traffic accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous material spills and, of course, Fire calls. As a new Volunteer member, you would be required to concentrate your time learning to be a Firefighter. As you gain experience, you will be able to move into other areas of emergency response.
Yes, a Fire Chief, one Deputy Fire Chief, eight Firefighters and a Administrative Clerk.
As a Volunteer Firefighter you will:
Respond to emergency calls regarding fires within the Terrace Fire Protection Area;
- Respond from time to time to other fire areas as outlined in our Mutual Aid Agreement;
- Train towards professional qualifications for a Firefighter as set out by the NFPA standards;
- Be part of a team that keeps the units ready for the next emergency call;
- As part of a team, keep the fire station neat and tidy;
- You may be placed on a special committee to look after special projects such as communications or self contained breathing apparatus; and
- Other related duties.