The fire-fighting agency is seeking personnel for six new stations that will be opened in 2012. They are accepting applications for paid fire fighters and also for volunteers.
The first three new stations will be in Los Chiles, Puerto Jiménez and Bribrí.
Fire officials will be holding employment fairs for several days each in November in these communities. They will be in Los Chiles at the Restaurante Las Heliconias Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. They will be in Puerto Jiménez on the Osa peninsula at the Asociación de Desarrollo Puerto Jiménez Nov. 18, 19 and 20. They will be in Bribrí at the Municipalidad de Talamanca Nov. 25, 26, and 27.
Right now there are 66 fire stations and 503 salaried fire fighters. By 2020 the agency expects to have 96 stations. This is good news to expats, mainly on the Pacific coast, who are distant from existing fire stations.
The new facilities come from an approval last month of a tax on electrical bills. The proceeds go to the firefighters.
Those interested in seeking employment with the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica can find out more information on the agency’s Web site.