City Needs More Firefighters

City Needs More Firefighters

The Professional Fire Fighters Association of Quebec (APPQ) and Quebec City have signed an agreement for the accelerated display of 77 positions in total, 28 of which are new positions.

The vast majority of these recently available positions will be filled internally by regular firefighters, interested in changing from one position to another.

The president of the APPQ, Eric Gosselin, is certain that at the end of the year, there will still be a few holes to fill. Employers seek new candidates to fill the vacant spots.

The number of teams in service across the city will go from 19 to 21 in close relation to the risk coverage plan for 2012-2017.

The new teams will be assigned to Bronto vehicles and ladder trucks. This unique vehicle was delivered in 2011, but it remained in the barracks of the Rue Saint-Jean holding center for several months. The drivers had to be adequately trained.

These additions allow for new stations to serve with much more flexibility, added the director of protection against fire, Richard Poitras.

Despite this agreement, the staffing process is expected to last several months since the new teams will only enter service early in the year 2014.

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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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