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Now recruiting volunteer firefighters

e Department is looking for “Community Heroes” to help alleviate a historical shortage of volunteer firefighters in our community.

The number of volunteer firefighters in the District of Sooke has been a major concern for some time now, but a new incentive program, endorsed by the District of Sooke Council and the Sooke Firefighter’s Association, may help to attract new members.

District of Sooke Council, the Sooke Fire Chief and the Sooke Firefighters Association, which represents the volunteer firefighters of Sooke, have been working together to develop a multi-faceted recruitment campaign and to set into place several new initiatives.

There will be an emphasis on the positive aspects of volunteering as a firefighter, including enhanced training and education programs, as well as support for building firefighter camaraderie and family involvement. Recognition of the diversity of volunteer skills and abilities will allow other opportunities for service besides those that involve running into a burning building.

New financial incentives for active members have recently been put in place as well.

“Council has worked closely with the Sooke Firefighters Association and is pleased to announce that volunteer firefighters and support service members can earn up to a $1000 annual stipend if they meet the eligibility criteria”, said Mayor Wendal Milne.

“We have worked cooperatively over the past 6 months to develop a framework that is expected to assist in the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters,” states Sooke Firefighter’s Association president Darcy Abell.

Sooke Fire Chief Steve Sorensen adds, “This new incentive provides a cost effective means of protecting public safety by attracting future community heroes to join the volunteer ranks of the Sooke Fire Department.”

All those interested in joining the fire department are encouraged to talk to Sooke Fire Rescue Department members and fill out an application.

If you have any questions regarding this news release please contact the District of Sooke:

Mayor Wendal Milne

Fire Chief Steve Sorensen

250-642-1634

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