The Yellowhead County Fire Department (YCFD) is looking to increase membership. It doesn’t matter if you are a veteran firefighter looking for a new challenge or if you have no public safety experience, there is room for you here at YCFD.
Become a Hellfire Hero!
Did you know the Yellowhead County Fire Department was part of Discovery Canada’s Hellfire Heroes and features several of our Paid-On-Call and full-time firefighters? Check out this video made by the producers of the show that highlights what it’s like to be a YCFD Firefighter!
How You Can Make an Impact
Joining with YCFD is a great way to support the local community or even prepare for a paid career in the fire and rescue service. We are looking for people from a wide age range and backgrounds. If you ever thought about becoming a firefighter or just helping in the community, now is your chance to make it happen.
YCFD accepts multiple different application types:
Interested in becoming an operational firefighter for YCFD? Responding to a variety of emergency response calls, YCFD Paid-On-Call Firefighters respond to a variety of incidents including vehicle incidents, structure fires, rescues, and more. There is also a thorough and intensive training programs that cover a wide range of skills and certifications that are needed for YCFD emergency response.
Paid-On-Call Special Operations:
Not looking to participate as an operational firefighter? Special Operations is any operation that is not in the normal firefighter membership job description. This can range from Incident Support Unit Operator to Logistics Support,
Special Operations Group is made up of paid on-call members who would like to provide support to the organization with specialized skills. These members can be from the general firefighter membership, but being a general firefighter is not required. Many specialty courses and skills are required to be maintained to keep up with the training and skill set, all which are provided to the members free of charge. No previous experience is required.
These members are paid on-call only for the hours spent training, during a fire response call in which special operations is needed, or during a special operations event in which special operations members are required.
Work Experience Program (WEP):
The WEP has been designed to give recent (within the last 24 months) graduates from an accredited fire school the opportunity to gain firefighting experience that will help move them toward a career firefighting position.
Each WEP firefighter will spend a year with YCFD at Station 10 in Evansburg, Alberta, living in our newly constructed hall and working as a casual firefighter. You will also have additional opportunities for on-call evening and weekend incidents.
Enhancing and maintaining your skills to provide you an edge in your career search is our priority. WEP Firefighters are mentored by experienced fire officers daily through shift routines and training sessions. This repetitious routine in training will help you build upon skills acquired during your fire academy.
Interested? Click here for more information on the program and to apply.
Cadet Program (Ages 16-18)
The YCFD Cadet Program is for high school students to learn about Yellowhead County Fire Department while developing life skills needed to become a firefighter within YCFD.
The program’s mission is to enable cadets to better understand the firefighting career through an experience that balances both classroom and hands-on learning. The program offers controlled, hands-on learning experiences.
Applications for the Cadet Program will be accepted until September 7, 2022.
Find out more info on the cadet program.