Back to School Will Impact Numbers of BC Wildfire Service Workers
Prince George, B.C. – Half way through August, and just a couple of weeks to go before students head back to class. That includes the post secondary students who have taken on summer jobs with the B.C. Wildfire Service.
“All of our firefighters are seasonal” says BC Wildfire Service Chief Information Officer, Kevin Skrepnek. “A big portion of that ( workforce) are folks who do return to school, a lot of our support staff as well. In terms of dispatchers and things like that, are post secondary students. So we’ve been putting a lot of planning into that crunch which is going to be coming in a few weeks as those people start to transition out.”
Skrepnek says the BC Wildfire Service says replacements will come from a mix of those from out of Province who are being brought in to assist as well as other resources ” I know specifically around dispatchers, we’ve engaged with the Office of the Fire Commissioner to bring in additional resources from local fire department dispatch centres to assist us.” He says there will also be assistance from military, type two contract firefighters”We are going to be bulking up in that capacity to make up the gap created when a lot of our own staff are heading back to school.”