Meet our nine new firefighters

Nine new recruits to the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services have completed the Justice Institute of BC, Basic Firefighter Program. “I am very proud of them all for having completed the program,” Fire Chief Rib Girard said. Their level of dedication as new firefighters is remarkable. Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services embarked on a recruitment drive in the fall of 2011. It received 15 applications and brought on 12 new recruits with a graduating class of 9. Each firefighter was required to write seven chapter exams and spent three Saturdays training and being examined for their practical skills by career staff and the chief in order to receive their JIBC Basic Firefighter certification. "These individuals put in the time and efforts and you certainly can tell they want to be firefighters on our team and to serve our community," Girard said. The new firefighters will also be taking live fire training at the Revelstoke Fire Training Centre in the industrial park where they will see live fire behavior and interior fire attack. The service will be conducting another intake for firefighters in the fall of 2012 and a new recruit class will begin in January 2013. From left to right are: Chief Rob Girard, Fire Instructor Gary Rota, Firefighters' Riley Creighton, Brad Goodwin, Christian Foster, Jason Jones, Natalie Weir, Sarah Lefevvre-MacDougall, Lyle Knapp, Jeremy Murray, Byron Wilkey and Fire Instructor Dwayne Voykin. Photo courtesy of the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service