— If you’ve got a burning pit of a home, a dog that won’t sit still, or a fire you’re still trying to put out, a Manitoba firefighter might be the best choice to put a dent in the blaze.
The Manitoba Fire Department says it’s the best option for responding to a fire that has started in your house or home.
“If the fire is out, it’s time to go and put out the fire, but if you don’t have that, it is a time for your firefighters to be the first responders, so you can stay put,” said Manitowa Fire Chief Kevin St. Pierre.
St. Pierre says he’s personally seen a couple of firefighters in his career who have gone on to become firefighters, so they can also serve as first responders in the future.
For those who don’t know what firefighting is, the term means the department’s firefighters are the first ones to go in to a home and get the flames under control.
St Pierre says the goal of the Manitoba Firefighters Association is to educate people about firefighting, so people are trained and equipped to be firefighters in the first place.
The firefighters association is the largest in Manitoba, and is responsible for the training and supervision of more than 10,000 fire fighters.
The association has also trained thousands of Manitobans in the use of firefighting equipment.
Firefighters in the Manitoba government have an option to become Manitoba firefighters, but there are a few hurdles.
Manitowochia Fire Chief Ken St. Peter says it takes an application to become a firefighter.
To qualify, you must have an average of 20 years of fire service experience and must be at least 16 years old.
To be eligible, applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 20 and must have a high school diploma or equivalent in high school.
To qualify for the position, applicants need to be willing to go on the front lines, and work six days a week.
In order to get a position in the fire department, applicants are expected to be a member of the fire service.