Newest class of on-call firefighters ready to answer the call

Nov. 4, 2015 – Leduc County Fire Services celebrates its newest class of 16 on-call firefighters who completed rookie training and became active responders this week.

Nine of the new firefighters will respond in the Nisku Fire District, five in the Thorsby Fire District and two in the New Sarepta Fire District.

“This group of new recruits joins our existing crews of on-call firefighters who are all trained to internationally-recognized professional firefighter qualifications in each of the three districts,” says Tylor Bennett, deputy fire chief of training. “We welcome this group of on-call firefighters to Leduc County Fire Services.”

At this time last year, nine on-call firefighters joined the service. Due to the response this year, the Thorsby Fire District now has a full complement of two crews.

“We are pleased with the response we received in this year’s recruitment efforts,” says Joan Meidinger, volunteer coordinator. “We are always looking for individuals to join our departments and encourage residents and employees to inquire about the opportunity.”

Recruit training involves 96-hours of hands-on training, which includes rescue and suppression activities. On-call firefighters are required to attend weekly training sessions which consist of drills, scenarios and competency testing as well as take courses on an ongoing basis to maintain and expand their skills.

On-call firefighters respond to a variety of emergency calls including motor vehicle collisions, fires and other emergencies to perform medical assistance.

Leduc County Fire Services is actively recruiting members to serve the region as on-call firefighters. Visit www.leduc-county.com/firefighters or call 780-955-7099 to learn more about this opportunity.

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