BCWS prepares to lose hundreds of firefighters as the postsecondary season begins


British Columbia’s Wildfire Service (BCWS) will lose hundreds of wildland firefighters with the beginning of the academic year, reports . BCWS fire information officer Donna MacPherson said that this transition is an annual occurrence, as postsecondary students typically make up about 20-30% of its auxiliary staff. MacPherson said that BCWS does not interfere with students’ plans to go back to school, but that some students may choose to extend their stay and request a letter for the registrar of their school to facilitate a longer term with the service.