Port Hardy Fire Rescue
8890 Central Street, PO Box 68, Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0 | 250-230-0341
Welcome to Port Hardy Fire Rescue, serving the District of Port Hardy and its mutual aid partners since 1968.
Volunteer powered and on call 24/7/365 to serve you.
We provide firefighting, road rescue, and other emergency response services to an area encompassing 42 square-kilometres. We have mutual aid agreements with the communities of Port McNeill, Coal Harbour, and Port Alice as well as the Coastal Fire Centre, and a fire service agreement with the Kwakiutl and Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxkda'xw Reserves and the Port Hardy Airport. Annually we respond to approximately 150-170 calls.
We are CURRENTLY RECRUITING firefighters. Visit porthardyfire.ca/recruitment for more information.
Contact Fire Chief Brent Borg at 250-230-0341 to enroll or come to practice Thursday night at 1900hrs at Fire Hall No. 1
Fire Hall No. 1 - 8890 Central Street
Fire Hall No. 2 - 4985 Beaver Harbour Road
Start: 10/01/2017 -
Firefighting is one of the most diverse and challenging professions in the world today, and there is far more to the job of a firefighter than just extinguishing fires. Firefighters respond to a wide range of emergency situations where they protect people, property, and the environment. These emergencies often include numerous hazards, and this coupled with the fact that a firefighter’s skills may be needed any time of day or night, seven days a week, and in any weather conditions, often under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances, makes our contribution very rewarding.
Working as a firefighter with Port Hardy Fire Rescue means ensuring continuous learning: practice nights, weekend training, lectures, pre-incident planning, exercises, down-island training with other departments, and hall duty mornings are all part of the job.
Becoming a firefighter is not for everyone. You need more than just a desire to help people; you also require courage, dedication, assertiveness, and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. Our service is one that calls upon members to perform strenuous work in uncertain and hazardous environments as a highly efficient team.
However, the personal rewards and satisfaction received from being a firefighter are often beyond description. There is a deep sense of accomplishment after controlling a structure fire, compassion for accident victims, and fulfillment in teaching fire safety. The list could go on.
The bottom line in our business is measured by the prevention and reduction of loss of life, pain and suffering, and property damage throughout our municipal area. We strive to maintain a professional image while providing a safe, reliable, and cost-effective service to the residents of our community.
We consistently strive to maintain a membership base of diverse background, skills, training, and experience. The following list details some of the experience areas that we look for in our candidates. These items are not requirements, but should be considered assets for applicants.
- Previous experience as a firefighter
- Non-smoker and physically-fit
- Skilled in operating and maintaining heavy equipment and/or commercial vehicles (BC Class 1 or Class 3 driver’s license)
- Skilled in the maintenance and operation of hand tools, power tools, and portable equipment
- Ability to operate communications equipment
- Experience with information technology systems and applications
- Strong written and technical communication ability
- Knowledge of District of Port Hardy geography, location of streets and buildings
- Apprenticeship or trade certification
- Familiarity with local logging roads
- Proven ability to work in a team environment
- Volunteer work in the community
- Commitment to continuous learning
The decision to join Port Hardy Fire Rescue and become a firefighter must not be taken lightly. Between training, emergency calls, and other responsibilities, becoming a member is a significant time commitment, and requires discussion with others in your personal and work life prior to joining. Your family must support your decision. They must understand and accept your commitment to training, and that responding to emergencies at all times of the day or night will often interrupt family functions. Your employer should also be accepting of your commitment to the department, and understand that responses to emergencies outside working hours could occasionally interfere with one’s work performance (e.g. a response at 2am may lead to fatigue the next day at work). As work should remain a priority for all members, prospective members are encouraged to discuss their decision to become a firefighter with their employer prior to joining.
Below is a checklist to assist you in submitting your application to Port Hardy Fire Rescue. ALL qualifications must be met and additional documentation, where required, included. Photocopies of additional documentation, or scanned files if emailing your application, are accepted.
Minimum criteria for application:
- Be at least 18 years of age and be legally employable in BC
- Have completed high school, or have equivalent education and experience
- Be available most Thursday nights from 7pm-9pm to attend weekly training nights
- Hold a valid Class 5 BC driver’s license
- Have a suitable means to get to the fire hall for an emergency response
- Obtain a criminal record check (including a vulnerable sector check) with no indication of a criminal record that would adversely affect public trust
- Obtain a copy of your driver’s abstract from ICBC, with a driving record indicative of responsible motor vehicle operation
- Be a resident of the District of Port Hardy
- Submission of a completed PHFR Firefighter Application Form
Once an application has been submitted, potential candidates may be invited for an interview with the Fire Chief. Completion of an interview does not guarantee applicants a position with Port Hardy Fire Rescue. The Fire Chief reserves the right to accept applicants at his or her discretion. Not all applicants will necessarily be successful.
Brent Borg, Fire Chief