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Seven new firefighters join ESP Department

Posted: October 9, 2018

Seven new firefighters join ESP Department

The newest members of the ESP Fire Department.
L to R:  Selina Winiarz, Zach Payonk, Alexander Lesiuk, Kyle Schmidt,
Noah Loewen, 
Christopher Burokas and Austin Smith.

Following a very successful recruitment process, the RM has hired seven firefighters who started with the East St. Paul Department on Sept. 4.
The new recruits bring the total number of on-call firefighters in East St. Paul to 40.
Fire Chief Ray Riddolls was happy with the process.
"We were very lucky, our recruitment was very well received, we had a lot of good applicants and we have more on the waiting list," Riddolls said.
"A lot of departments are struggling to find staff and we're fortunate that there's trained people in the area."
The municipality revised the job description for firefighters and fire officers this spring to include best practices found in the City of Winnipeg and other Manitoba fire departments.
Another significant change was the requirement that firefighters live within the RM.  The rationale behind the change included residents are more familiar with streets and buildings, using local residents fosters community pride and involvement and by using East St. Paul residents, the department won't negatively impact neighboring departments by hiring their potential firefighters.
As well, other municipalities have a residency requirement and the RM's demographics indicate that there are sufficient candidates within East St. Paul.
A total of 23 applications were received for the seven open positions.  Eleven were interviewed and the following were hired:  Christopher Burokas, Alexander Lesiuk, Noah Loewen, Zach Payonk, Kyle Schmidt, Austin Smith and Selina Winiarz.
Three more applicants have been put on a waiting list in case any vacancies come up before year's end.
In its job posting, the RM included a requirement for the completion of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 certification or enrollment in programs to complete it within one year, but with a high number of candidates who applied already having the certification, the RM offered employment only to those.
One of the new recruits is a City of Winnipeg Fire Department training officer, three received their NFPA 1001 training from the Manitoba Emergency Services College in Brandon and three were trained at Lakeland Emergency Training Centre in Alberta.
The new recruits will require RM specific training, but having the required certification helps reduce training time and costs for the RM.


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