About the Department

Organization

From left to right:  (back row): Captain Scott Pritchard, Cameron Kelso, Ben Coultish, Shaun Swerdfeger, Justin Bogaert, Dave Ingram, James Miller, Nick Simon, Tyler Cabylis, Justin Medeiros, Chuck Ferguson, Brad Bemis, (front row) Captain Mike Bovingdon, Captain Glen Robinson, Deputy Chief of Prevention - Peter Bizarro, Fire Department Clerk - Tina Schmidt, Chief - Trent Bossence, Deputy Chief of Operations - Derek Collier, Captain Adam Taylor (missing: Firefighters Dan Jerrett, Bradley Owens, Samantha Froom, Javier Ortiz & Chad Webb)

The Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service Department consists of 16 Firefighters and 4 Fire Captains.  The department also has an Administrative Assistant (Clerk Dispatcher), Deputy Emergency Program Coordinator, Deputy Chief of Prevention, Deputy Chief of Operations and a Fire Chief.  

 

History

The Kitimat Fire Department was created in 1953.  The department's first building was made of plywood and looked as if it was a one car garage.  The first fire truck that the department had was a 1946 Jeep Willies.  In 1956 a new building was constructed and today that building is still home to the Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service.  At this time there were two fire trucks at the fire hall.  A second hall was then built in 1969 at the Eurocan plant site.  During this time the department had 19 Firefighters, 2 Assistant Chiefs, 1 Fire Chief and 22 Volunteers.  In 2000 the volunteer firefighters were disbanded and the Kitimat Fire Department became a career hall.

On February 11, 1963 the Lions Club provided Kitimat with its first ambulance.  The Province of British Columbia then took over ambulance services in 1974.  Today the Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service is the only fire department in British Columbia to maintain a contract with B.C. Ambulance Services. 

Employment Opportunities and Requirements

Applicants must possess the following minimum requirements:

  • Secondary School Graduation
  • BCAS Primary Care Paramedic standard or higher
  • NFPA 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualification Level I & II
  • BC Class 3 & 4 Driver's License with Air Brake endorsement

Preference will be given to those candidates with the following:

  • Work experience related to firefighting and/or pre-hospital care
  • Post Secondary Education
  • IV Endorsement

The selection process will include the following:

  • Medical Fitness (medical exam, fitness and agility test)
  • Aptitude Test
  • Security Clearance and Criminal Record Check

Please contact Kitimat Fire & Ambulance Service at 250-632-8940 for information regarding current employment opportunities.