Port Hardy firefighters display their skills during a recent open house.

Port Hardy firefighters display their skills during a recent open house.

Volunteers wanted

Courage, devotion, fortitude. Those are virtues needed in our community and especially welcomed at Port Hardy Fire Rescue.

  • Nov. 6, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Courage, devotion, fortitude.

Those are virtues needed in our community and one place they’re especially welcomed is at Port Hardy Fire Rescue.

PHFR, a 100 per cent volunteer organization, is looking for new recruits to bolster their current crew of 27, with the hope of raising the total to a full complement of 35.

“We’re looking for people willing to set aside time for the community,” said fire chief Schell Nickerson.

Nickerson said that the job takes plenty of commitment and requires an understanding of teamwork.

Responsibilities of firefighters include practice nights every Thursday at 7 p.m. and weekend hall duty every six weeks.

In addition, volunteers may need to respond to calls at inconvenient times, said Nickerson.

However, devotion and hard work do not go unrewarded.

Volunteers will receive a free family pass for the local pool and arena.

Also, if a volunteer firefighter completes 200 hours of community service at the hall, he or she will earn a $3000 federal tax credit.

“Most members would be able to achieve that,” said Nickerson.

If you think you have what it takes, then pick up an application at the fire hall any time and feel free to ask the staff any questions, said the chief.

 

“It’s a great thing to join, you can give back to your community when someone’s in need.”