Volunteer firefighters recognized

Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne talks about the dedication of our volunteer firefighters

Sooke is known as the volunteer capital of BC. The volunteers at our Sooke Fire Department are a great example of true volunteerism.

Did you know that our fire department will be 100 years old this year? The Sooke Fire Department was founded by and has been operated and supported by volunteers over those 100 years, making it the successful department it is today. There are currently 25 active volunteers with five recruits in training. In addition, there are fiev volunteer fire safety educators and one volunteer fire inspector. The volunteers are supported by five full-time paid members.

Each year the volunteers put in approximately 6,500 hours of training, attending courses, participating in public service programs and working at community events. In addition, they spend approximately 4,000 hours each year responding to fire calls, motor vehicle accidents and other medical emergencies. Add it up, that is an amazing 10,500 hours a year of volunteer service for our community.

Do they get paid? Not really! In the evening hours three volunteers are paid a nominal amount. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. a volunteer duty officer is available to answer calls and receives $3.26 an hour. A two-person volunteer duty crew is also on duty each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to ensure an immediate three person response. They each receive $2.80 an hour. The rest of the calls are done on a purely volunteer basis with no cost to the taxpayer. The district pays an annual stipend to the Firemen’s Association which they use for social and other activities.

This is a huge time commitment for many of the volunteers who have full-time jobs, families and other life commitments. So, the next time you see firemen at the hall in the evening, training, working at an  accident scene or you see them at a fire, they are doing it for nothing, as volunteers for you and our community. Think about and appreciate the time they are spending away from their families helping you and me.

The fire department currently has openings for an additional 10 volunteers. It is a great group to work with so if you are interested please phone or drop by and talk to the fire chief.

Wendal Milne

Mayor

Just Posted

Canadian Coast Guard breaks ground on permanent search and rescue station in Victoria

Victoria-based SAR will do all rescues in local harbour and parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Police actions under investigation following Langford arrest

IIO investigates officer-related incidents that result in serious harm

Victoria woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

Gas stations could push to 167.9 cents a litre this week

Analyst says high prices are due to supply and demand

United Way celebrates volunteers, contributors in Greater Victoria area

$4.7 million was raised in 2018 thanks to the work of hundreds of people

WATCH: Cougar saunters through Metchosin yard

Spring cougar sighting caught on camera

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Island Cup set for East Sooke on May 3-5

Off-road racing event expected to attract over 50 racers

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

SPCA investigating after newborn kittens found in Vancouver dumpster

The kittens were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration

Experts butt heads in court, hunter loses case for return of ram

Despite expert testimony, judgement says ram probably underage

Most Read