Firefighter Recruiting

Becoming a firefighter: 

What you need to know

  • No previous experience is necessary to become a volunteer firefighter and volunteers train to professional standards.
  • Volunteer firefighters are all ages, male and female, and come from many diverse backgrounds.
  • Volunteers are paid on-call for their response, training and practices.
  • All required personal protective equipment and training are provided — there are no out-of-pocket costs.
  • Volunteer firefighters commit to two hours a week of training at their local fire hall.
  • Volunteer firefighters receive insurance coverage through WorkSafe BC, 24 hour accident insurance coverage and  $100,000 life insurance in case of accidental death.
  • The federal government provides tax credits to volunteer firefighters who serve at least 200 hours per year.

Now hiring paid on-call firefighters

Members of each fire department, usually residents of the department's fire suppression area, have a strong desire to help others and serve their communities.

Volunteer firefighters train for emergency response when communities call. The call may come at any time, and in almost every situation, sometimes under stressful and emotional circumstances.

Our volunteers tell us about the tremendous rewards that come with their work. We know there are other people out there with the same courage, commitment and compassion.

We want to welcome you into the team at your local fire hall. 

Weekly training sessions ensure the best possible response time, knowledge of the most appropriate techniques for each situation and familiarization with the very specialized equipment required for firefighting and safety. Firefighters are members of the community with a will to improve their skills while protecting life and property.

Basic requirements:

  • A Valid Driver’s License (minimum);
  • Minimum 18 years of age;
  • Physically able to perform tasks and duties of the job;
  • Able to commit to training;
  • Live and/or work in the response area.

Fire Practice is on Tuesday at 7 PM for most CSRD volunteer fire departments. However, Falkland practices on Wednesdays and Silver Creek on Thursday nights. 

Potential recruits are always welcome to come, watch and find out more.

Other types of positions may be available in your local fire department if you’d like to contribute your talents through other opportunities. Examples include: administration, fundraising, or public education.

If you are interested in volunteering or simply want more information about your local fire department, please contact the area Fire Chief  listed below or the CSRD Fire Services Coordinator, Sean Coubrough at 250.833.5955. You can also email



Nicholson Volunteer Fire Department

801 Highway 95
Golden, BC, V0A 1H2

Chief:  Parker Vaile
Hall: 250.344.5611

Eagle Bay Volunteer Fire Department

4445 Eagle Bay Road
Eagle Bay, BC, V0E 1T0

Chief: Alan Rendell
Hall: 250.517.0429

Shuswap Volunteer Fire Department (Blind Bay, Sorrento)  

Hall #1 - 1164 Passchendale Road
Sorrento, BC, V0E 2W0

Hall #2 - 2505 Greer Road
Sorrento, BC, V0E 2W0

Chief: Gary Hoult
Hall: 250.517.7980

Tappen/Sunnybrae Volunteer Fire Department

3732 Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road
Tappen, BC, V0E 2X1

Chief: Marc Zaichkowsky
T: 250.835.8696

White Lake Volunteer Fire Department

3607 Parri Road
Sorrento, BC, V0E 2W1

Chief: Bryan Griffin
T: 250.835.4500

Falkland Volunteer Fire Department

2915 Gyp Road
Falkland, BC, V0E 1W0

Chief: Troy Ricard
T: 250.379.2699

Ranchero/Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department

9505 Firehall Frontage Road
Enderby, BC, V0E 1V3

Chief: Marvin Gros
T: 250.832.6844

Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department

1577 Salmon River Road
Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 3H5

Chief: Len Sarrazin
T: 250.832.6357 

Malakwa Volunteer Fire Department

4120 Community Hall Road
Malakwa, BC, V0E 2J0

Chief: James McKilligan
T: 778.834.8454

Swansea Point Volunteer Fire Department

632 Davidson Drive
Swansea Point, BC, V0E 2K2

Chief: Dave Schurek
T: 250.836.2402

Anglemont Volunteer Fire Department

7850 Golf Course Drive
Anglemont, BC, V0E 1A0

Chief: Graham Lucas
T: 250.955.2212 

Celista Volunteer Fire Department

5271 Line 17 Road
Celista, BC, V0E 1L0

Chief: Roy Phillips
T: 250.955.2594

Scotch Creek/Lee Creek Volunteer Fire Department

3852 Squilax-Anglemont Road
Scotch Creek, BC, V0E 1M0

Chief: Ben Pellett
T: 250.517.7766