Saanich welcomes four new firefighters, emergency program coordinator – Saanich News
Four freshly struck Saanich firefighters and the new emergency program coordinator made their debut in a service declaration ceremony on November 6 at the district’s No.1 station.
The Saanich Fire Department welcomed incoming firefighters Drew Coleman, Allistair Davy-Saxl, Jaskarn Johal and Paul Lance – who received their uniforms and badges at the ceremony while their families watched from a distance – and Captain Erin Stockhill as Saanich’s new Emergency Program coordinator.
The best part of a fire chief’s job is swearing in new members. Very happy to officially welcome these 5 new members to the@SaanichFirefamily. Wishing them the best for happy and healthy careers in the service@saanichresidents. pic.twitter.com/5Ano75ZPXi
– Mike Burgess (@Mike_Burgess_) November 6, 2020
Deputy Chief Dan Wood noted the ceremony was smaller than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but stories were still being shared and rites of passage performed.
New firefighters are each assigned to one of the department’s four platoons and their captains will connect them with a mentor to guide them through department tasks and real-time protocol starting November 9. Wood expects the group to stay close despite being on different platoons because the sworn classes together are generally very united.
Before applying for a service, firefighters hope to complete the 10-week National Fire Protection Association training along with various other fire service courses and emergency response certifications, said Wood, a firefighter with over 35 years of experience.
He said that when hiring new hires, the Saanich Fire Department looks for candidates who have unique skills and experiences on their resumes – whether it’s a college degree, hours of volunteer work or teaching experience.
The next round of recruitment for the Saanich Fire Department begins in December with the hiring of new firefighters in January. Wood plans to conduct outreach with the Songhees Nation, Vikes Athletics and the military to encourage people from all walks of life to apply for “the best job in the world.”
Saanich district fire brigade