Volunteer Firefighter Training
Over the years, the fire service has evolved into a public safety agency providing highly technical and diverse services. The general public has come to rely on the fire service as the 'first responder' not only when life and property are threatened by man-made and natural emergencies and disasters, but for seemingly smaller problems as well.
Leduc County firefighters respond to a large and diverse variety of calls. Busy highways, the Edmonton International Airport, the Nisku Business and Industrial Park, railway, high value farmland and residential areas are all within Leduc County's fire districts and require skilled responders in cases of emergency. This regional diversity, in addition to a first class live fire training centre at the Nisku Firehall, make volunteering with Leduc County a unique and rewarding experience.
Once applicants make it through the selection process and are asked to take a position on one of Leduc County's volunteer firefighting teams, the training begins. The first year of training for new recruits is crucial. The "rookie" class requires 46 hours of hands-on training, which includes agility testing. In addition to those initial training hours, the firehall also holds weekly training sessions, which cover a variety of drills, practice and competency testing. As the firefighter advances through the department, they are embraced into a development program which maps the individual's growth. This firefighter development program is based on experiences gained attending emergencies and participating in recognized certified course training. These are valuable assets and challenges that are the basis for volunteer firefighters in Leduc County.