The Lake Louise Fire Department accepts applications for volunteer (paid-on-call) positions on-going throughout the year. Each application is assessed by our officers and successful applicants are placed in a new recruit program which starts at different times throughout the year. We encourage anyone interested in joining the department to email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
All new recruits complete a probationary period. During this time, they participate in a training program to familiarize them with the equipment and procedures of the Department to ensure new recruits have the knowledge and skills they need to safely participate in fire and rescue incidents.
Firefighters wear full turnout gear (helmet, coat, pants and boots) which together may weigh up to 22kg. If required to wear a breathing mask, another 18kg is added. Under the direction of department officers, volunteer firefighters work in in noisy, stressful, hot, smoke-filled situations and carry out tasks which include:
Carrying equipment between trucks and fire sites, and up and down stairs in buildings.
Advancing charged hoses with a 240lbs of nozzle thrust.
Breaking down doors, walls, ceilings and roof structures using equipment that may include chain saws, rotary saws and sledge hammers.
Working overhead with a pike pole or hose lines.
Raising and lowering ladders, equipment or victims rescued from buildings.
Extricating victims from automobiles.
Carrying out first responder medical protocols.