Youth Outreach Academy

Youth Outreach Academy auto extrication

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services introduced the Youth Outreach Academy to give select Vancouver students in grades 10 through 12 the opportunity to experience life as a Vancouver firefighter.

Over five days, these hardworking students learn valuable firefighting, life saving, community building, and fundraising skills. Since 2010, over 100 Vancouver high school students have graduated from the Youth Outreach Academy.

Students receive a souvenir DVD of the exciting week-long experience.

What we teach

The program runs for five days, from 7:00am to 5:00pm. If you are selected to participate in the Youth Outreach Academy, you can expect to learn:

Firefighting skills

  • Firefighting operations
  • Hose operations
  • Search and rescue techniques
  • The use of self contained breathing equipment

Fire prevention and life saving skills

  • CPR (successful graduates receive CPR-C certification)
  • The safe use of portable fire extinguishers at home and at work

Find out more in the academy diary

Next academy dates: May 1 - 5, 2017 

 Please note date change

The academy is free of charge. Up to 24 students (boys and girls) are accepted.

Students must complete all five days to graduate from the academy and earn their CPR-C certificate.

The application deadline was on February 28, 2017.

Volunteer outreach and community service

The Youth Outreach Academy stresses the importance of voluntary work within the community. Each Academy takes part in an event to raise money for a charitable organization. Since the program started in 2010, Academy students have raised over $20,000.00.

Donations help community based projects in Vancouver and overseas, including:

  • The BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund
  • Red Cross Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts
  • United Way Lower Mainland
  • Douglas Park Wheelchair Hockey players
  • Ronald McDonald House BC
  • Make a Wish Foundation BC & Yukon
  • Camp Goodtimes

View our photo gallery on Flickr

See images of previous Youth Outreach Academy classes. You can also view other Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services photo galleries on Flickr.

Contact the Youth Outreach Academy

Mailing address
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
900 Heatley Ave
Vancouver, BC V6A 3S7

Watch Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services on YouTube

Still curious about VFRS?

Watch videos about past youth academies, firefighter recruitment, and the Remembrance Day Honour Guard.

See the videos

Thanks to our sponsors

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services thanks our recent Youth Outreach Academy sponsors:

RBC Foundation


How to support us

If you or your business would like to help this program build a fire-safe tomorrow, contact us to learn about our sponsorship opportunities.

Academy diary