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The Merritt Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) is hoping to reach a new high next month, and it won’t be on the ladder truck. Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson said the department is once again searching for volunteer firefighters and applications are due by April 1. With the deadline just weeks away, MFRD has about 32 firefighters at the moment — including both paid-on-call volunteer firefighters and the five Work Experience Program firefighters. “There’s room for up to 40 and we’ve never actually hit that number, but this year we hope to,” Tomkinson said. “Every spring we put out a recruitment because we’re typically in need of people.” He said MFRD has been able to retain more volunteer firefighters than in years past, and said at best they’ve recruited about 32. “I’m going to take it as a sign of the economy changing or something in our community because we’re able to retain more paid-oncall firefighters — or volunteers, whatever you want to call them — than we have in past years, which is good for us,” Tomkinson said. Tomkinson said men and women between the ages of 18 and 60 can apply to be volunteer firefighters. No experience is needed, but applicants are required to be in good physical condition, successfully complete a physical test, live within 12 kilometres of Merritt, possess no criminal record and have a favourable driver’s abstract. It took volunteer Debbie Tancsa two attempts to become a

ter,” Tomkinson said. Paid-on-call firefighters are remunerated hourly for the responses to emergencies they attend and for the training they receive. “That’s today’s volunteer. There are still some totally volunteer departments where people don’t receive any remuneration, but that’s usually in smaller communities,” Tomkinson said. Remuneration for paid-on-call firefighters varies from $12 per hour to $20 per hour. Applications to become a volunteer firefighter can be picked up at the fire station or printed from the department’s website at merrittfirerescue. com.

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used to be in terms of commitment because they use a system of rotation. “We’ve done a lot over the years to make it more palatable. We have a system of platoons, where once every three weeks you’re on-call for fire[fighting] and then our off-duty platoons usually cover the rescue truck,” Tomkinson said. He said if there is a large fire, all firefighters could be called to respond. “Right now with the system of platoons for the smaller calls in the community, weekto-week, the whole department isn’t called out to go to, say, a garbage bin fire — or even a car fire, for that mat-

MFRD firefighter. “I tried out two years in a row, and I didn’t make it the first year. I couldn’t complete the challenge. I was a smoker back then, so I quit smoking and I exercised and I tried again,” she said. The lifelong Merrittonian has been a paid-on-call member for about three years now and described the firefighting experience as an adrenaline rush. “You never know what you’re going into. I mean, we hear the pager and we have some idea, but every single call [is] different, so you just never know,” Tancsa said. Tomkinson said the department’s volunteer firefighter system is much different than it

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