Sicamous fire department offers opportunity to knock down live fire

Fire department to hold recruitment drive Sunday afternoon, followed by barbecue.

Sicamous residents keen to see if they have what it takes to be a firefighter will have an opportunity this weekend at the fire hall.

In need of volunteers, the Sicamous Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a recruitment drive on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Fire Chief Brett Ogino says he hopes to hold a live fire display that will allow prospective firefighters to suit up and try their hand at knocking down flames.

“We’re at 20 members, but certainly we need more,” says Ogino, noting a number of members are currently working in Alberta and are not available year-round.

While there is a junior program (ages 16 to 19), the department is looking for volunteers 19 and over, who can be trained to fight structural fires. He adds that men and women are encouraged to pop by Sunday and check things out.

“Everybody thinks it’s a guy’s only thing, and we’re certainly not that way in our department,” says Ogino.

After 5 p.m., the fire department will be hosting a barbecue for all the participants.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Sicamous department will be attending a pancake breakfast/ fundraiser at the Sicamous and District Recreation Centre for Malakwa volunteer firefighter Cam Salmond, who recently lost his home in a fire. The breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to noon, after which area firefighters from several departments will also be providing safety demonstrations. There will also be raffles, face-painting and other activities. All are welcome to both events.