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Thompson recruiting auxiliary firefighters

Serving as an auxiliary firefighter can be a rewarding experience and a way to give back to your community, current members say.
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From left to right, John Maskerine, Keith Burak, Alfred Szabo and Al Meston of the Thompson Fire Auxiliary.

The City of Thompson Fire Auxiliary held a career fair in the Thompson Regional Community Centre May 7 with the intention of attracting and recruiting more auxiliary fire department members. 

People of any gender, age or skill set are encouraged to apply with the promise of a rewarding experience that enables one to give back to the community. 

“For me personally I like the adrenaline, I like the physicality, the teamwork and the fact that you are helping prevent further property damage,” said Keith Burak, an auxiliary firefighter for the past 18 years.

The application process involves both a medical and physical component as well as a background check. 

Both Burak and John Maskerine, a 55-year veteran and former chief of Thompson Fire & Emergency Services, agreed that signing up for the Thompson Fire Auxiliary is not just an individual commitment but requires the support of spouses, children and other family members.

“The time commitment is large,” said Maskerine. “There are going to be days that you’re called away from a Christmas dinner, an anniversary dinner or a birthday.” 

Auxiliary firefighter Alfred Szabo, who has 28 years of experience, reiterated that firefighting is not to be taken lightly.

“You’re helping someone in possibly their worst time ever, whether it’s their house burning down or they’ve just had a car accident,” he said. “It could be the worst day they’ve ever had.” 

Information and applications to join can be obtained by emailing