Firefighter Recruitment Drive Kicks off in the RDEK

A region wide firefighter recruitment drive kicks off today in the Regional District of East Kootenay.

“Our fire departments play a pivotal role in our rural communities,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Fire Chief Dave Boreen. “To keep these departments running and able to answer the call, we need to have a dedicated core of firefighters and are looking to bolster our numbers in every department.”

The RDEK has fire departments in Jaffray, Baynes Lake, Elko, Hosmer, Fairmont, Windermere, Edgewater and Panorama and the goal of the campaign is to recruit 10 new members to each department other than Panorama, which has a full roster at this time.

“There are all kinds of different jobs people can do within the fire departments,” stresses Boreen. “From looking after the paperwork and filing end of things, to running hoses or working pumps, to putting on the gear and fighting the fire, we need people to fill a range of roles. The only requirement is an interest in helping their community and a commitment to training.”

Application forms are available on the RDEK’s website and at the Fire Halls. Packages will also be available during the recruitment campaign as firefighters go door to door within their communities. The deadline for applications to be submitted is December 15, 2016.

For More Information:
Martin Caldwell
Deputy Fire Chief, Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service
250-342-6214

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RDEK – Board Highlights – September 2012

Read about what is happening (pdf) in our RDEK meetings;

  • Minister Congratulated
  • West Fernie Planning Grant
  • Fairmont RV Park Development
  • BC Transit Memorandums of Understanding
  • West Fernie Dike Project
  • RDEK Fire Department Radios
  • Koocanusa Area Waste Disposal
  • BC Lake Stewardship Society
  • Letter of Thanks
  • Discretionary Grants in Aid
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RDEK – Board Highlights – January 7,2011

Read about what is happening in our RDEK meetings;

  • Windermere Water Upgrade
  • Elk Valley ALR Block Exclusion
  • Canadian Tire Development Permit
  • Columbia Valley Solid Waste Hauling
  • Elko Fire Service Update
  • Board of Variance Vacancies
  • Amending Public Library Definition
  • New Wycliffe Girl Guide Construction
  • Discretionary Grants in Aid
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RDEK – Board Highlights – August 6,2010

Read about what is happening in our RDEK meetings;

  • Baltac Sewer Construction
  • Timber Ridge Contract Awarded
  • Timber Ridge Advisory Commission
  • Koocanusa OCP
  • Elko Fire Service
  • Kimberley Rural Fire Service
  • Grizzly Ridge ALR Subdivision
  • Kootenay Rockies Tourism Grant
  • Letter of Support for Shelter
  • NanoFibre Networks Lease
  • Local Conservation Fund
  • Discretionary Grants In Aid
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RDEK – Board Highlights – December 4,2009

Read about what is happening in our RDEK meetings;

  • New Logo Unveiled
  • 2010 Board Meeting Dates
  • Steamboat OCP Amendments
  • Fairmont OCP Amendments
  • Lake Windermere OCP Amendments
  • Windermere Fire Hall
  • Highway Intersection Improvements
  • Parks Plan Amendments
  • Wood Stove Exchange Program
  • Grants In Aid Funding
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RDEK – Highlights – November 6,2009

Read about what is happening in our RDEK meetings;

  • District Lot 48
  • Island Lake Resort
  • Columbia Valley Scale House
  • Transit Advisory Commission
  • First Responder Cuts
  • Elk Valley Fire Service
  • Windermere Water Project Grants
  • Ecological Area Assessment
  • HST Effect on Social Programs
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RDEK – Highlights – October 9,2009

Read about what is happening in our RDEK meetings;

  • Timber Ridge Water System Upgrade
  • Island Lake Official Community Plan
  • Water Metering Coming to Edgewater
  • Central Landfill Operation Contract
  • Eddie Mountain Arena Upgrades
  • Former Elko School Property
  • Cranbrook Rural Fire Boundary Expansion
  • Iron Grizzly Comes to Central Landfill
  • Volunteer Fire Departments
  • Moyie Utility Advisory Commission
  • Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition
  • RCMP Presence in the South Country
  • Discretionary Grants in Aid Funding
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