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250 volunteer firefighters needed immediately in Saskatchewan, Chief says

The Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band is putting out a call for 250 volunteer fire fighters and labourers.

La Ronge Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson makes Facebook post

The Egg fire sears a peninsula jutting out onto Lac La Ronge, on July 3, 2015. (Submitted by Scott Knudsen, Northscape Photography )

The Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band is putting out a call for 250 volunteer fire fighters and labourers.

There are currently 112 forest fires burning in Saskatchewan. Fire crews have been trying to contain them all summer long. Dry, windy conditions are making that difficult.

Applicants will be requiring a blood pressure and fitness test. Any applicants must be able to walk one mile in less than 16 minutes.

Wildland training will be provided and basic protective equipment will be supplied.

While the province isn't requesting these volunteers, they will support and train them.

The priority is to employ northerners that have fire fighting experience, and experience with the terrain.

Applicants are asked to contact the Ministry of Environment. 

Clarifications

  • In a previous version of this story, it was written that the Government of Saskatchewan was requesting these firefighters. While the province will support and help train the volunteers, the call is coming from Chief Tammy Cook-Searson.
    Jul 08, 2015 11:58 AM CT

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