10/14/2014 04:33 EDT | Updated 12/14/2014 05:59 EST

B.C. data breach from wildfire website affects 15,000

An unauthorized user to a B.C. government website has compromised the data security of approximately 15,000 people.

The Wildfire Management Branch website databases were accessed by a unauthorized user on Sept. 24. As soon as the breach was discovered, public website access to those databases was shut down, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the B.C. government.

"This incident may have resulted in some personal information being unlawfully accessed, including the name, gender, general contact information, date of birth, driver’s license number and job evaluation information of past wildfire crew firefighter job applicants," the statement says. 

"In some cases, information that applicants entered about their status as an Aboriginal, minority or disabled person may also have been viewed."

The government is contacting all individuals  who are affected, although some of the databases are ten years old, presenting issues the department is hoping to deal with through reaching out via social media to past job applicants.

In addition, the government says they are making free credit protection services available to the individuals concerned. Those who may be affected should call 1 844 456-2284 for information about how to sign up.