Seventy-five candidates will test their limits at wildfire fighter boot camp this week, seeing if they have what it takes to join one of British Columbia's world-renowned crews.
The week-long training camp includes rigorous fitness testing, as well as extensive instruction on fire safety, fire behaviour, front-line equipment and wilderness survival.
Nearly 1,400 people submitted applications to become B.C. wildfire fighters this season. Only 220 were invited to attend one of three provincial camps following pre-interviews and fitness tests. About 200 will be offered jobs.
Altogether, the province's Wildfire Management Branch will employ more than 1,100 firefighters this summer.
- Out of 1,400 applicants, 530 were pre-interviewed by recruiters, with 220 receiving invitations to boot camp.
- One per cent of candidates will fail the fitness test on Day One of camp.
- About 20 per cent of new recruits will be women.
- The average age of recruits is 23 years old.
- Confronted by nearly 2,000 wildfires every year, B.C. crews successfully contain 92 per cent of them within the first 24 hours of discovery.
Wildland firefighters must be in top physical condition to be effective and safe on the fire line. Learn more about what it takes: http://bcwildfire.ca/Employment/FireFighter/fitness.htm
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