Opportunities for Local Residents:

Paid-On-Call (POC) Firefighting

Outside of the Fire Station, we serve in the community as managers, teachers, mill workers, mechanics, skilled laborers, parents, and more.

Together we answer the call when our community needs us most.

There are lots of reasons to consider applying to the Merritt Fire Rescue Department, namely:

  • Opportunity to provide meaningful support to your community.
  • Camaraderie and teamwork are synonymous with the MFRD.
  • Hourly compensation for training and response to emergencies.
  • Technical training opportunities.

POC Recruit Applications Due: Sept 9, 2022

Learn about our POC Application Process:

Your career starts here.

Work Experience Program (WEP) Firefighting

Make Your Application Stand Out

If you are looking at our page, you are likely experiencing the challenge of applying for career employment; you have learned there are plenty of applicants for a limited number of positions – competition is stiff.

Being a WEP Firefighter is both challenging and rewarding. Our program offers you the ability to explore your interest in the Fire Service while developing your firefighting skills and work habits in preparation to advance toward firefighting as a career.

Program Structure

12-month commitment to the Work Experience Program is required.

Of course, those who attain career employment with a Municipal Fire Department during their Program are relieved from this commitment. The daily duties of a WEP firefighter are balanced between, but not limited to; Suppression of Fires, Rescue Response, Medical Response, Fire Prevention, Public Education, Company Level Fire Inspections, Pre-incident Planning, Station and Equipment Maintenance. WEP firefighters work a standard daytime shift routine, Monday to Friday, and, duty coverage after-hours and on weekends.


WEP firefighters live at the fire station.

In 2021 the fire hall expansion project was completed to include (but is not limited to) new single-occupancy bedrooms, kitchen & living space, along with shared bathroom facilities.

Bedrooms are based on single occupancy. Full laundry, cooking, washroom, and lounge facilities are provided at no cost. In addition, wireless internet access is provided.

2021 WEP Living Quarters

Opportunities & Rewards

WEP firefighters will be remunerated for response to emergencies and attendance to regularly scheduled training. A complimentary pass to the Nicola Valley Aquatic Center and Gym is provided to WEP firefighters to help maintain physical fitness and offer a form of recreation.

May recruitment has closed.

Accepting Applications: TBA

Entrance Requirements:

• Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant.
• High School Graduate
• 19 years of age or older.
• NFPA 1001 – Firefighter I & II or equivalent certification.
• In-depth personal record check.
• Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement, favorable driver’s abstract with no more than 3 demerit points.
 Doctor’s Medical Clearance or Certificate of Fitness; Fit Tech, CPAT, or York
• Commitment to a 12-month Work Experience Program.
• Criminal Record check

Consent for Criminal Record Check is to be submitted to your local authority having jurisdiction (RCMP, Provincial, or Municipal Police). Forms for Criminal Record Checks can be provided by your local authority having jurisdiction.

Preferred Qualifications:

• First Responder Level 3
• Occupational First Aid Level 3
• Emergency Medical Responder
• Primary Care Paramedic or equivalent
• Previous firefighting or other related work
• Technical, Trades or equivalent level
• Post-Secondary Academic Diploma

Covid 19 & Medical/Fitness Clearance: For those unable to complete their Fit Tech, York, or CPAT, due to Covid-19, please send the following medical form (to be signed by your physician), with expired certificates, along with your application.

Please note: only mailed-in applications will be accepted.