Applying for firefighter jobs with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services

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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services operates through 20 fire halls around Vancouver, one training academy, and two fire prevention offices.

We employ over 800 men and women who respond to a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency incidents, including fires, motor vehicle accidents, and other medical situations.

2016 hiring update: public information sessions

Are you interested in a career with us and curious to see if it's right for you? Attend one of our free public information sessions and learn how to become a Vancouver firefighter.

Get the latest recruitment information, chat with our recruiters one on one, and speak with our fire crews in a relaxed, informal presentation.

Spaces are limited so register early to secure your preferred session date.

Registration starts on February 29.

Vancouver information sessions

The sessions are located at Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services Training Centre on 1330 Chess Street. There's plenty of free parking.

  • Thursday, April 28, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Thursday, May 19, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 22, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 20, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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2015/2016 hiring update

The dates for each step of our 2016 recruitment process are as follows;

Applications accepted Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 26
Written test Saturday, October 1
Interviews Wednesday, October 19 to Thursday, November 3
Skills evaluation Thursday, November 17
Ride-alongs November 25 and 26, and December 9 and 10
Fire Chief and Executive Board review 2nd week of January 2017
Health and medical 3rd or 4th week of January 2017
Fire Chief's job offer Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 We are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants at this time.

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Read about requirements and qualifications

Learn about working as a firefighter for Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. The guide includes our qualifications, selection process, conditions of employment, and more.

Successfully completing a step in our hiring process does not guarantee you will move on to the next step.

Learn about fire and rescue jobs

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Interested in becoming a Vancouver firefighter? Learn about Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services jobs, how we train, and how to prepare yourself to work with us.

Learn about firefighting opportunities for youth

Youth firefighting opportunities

Are you thinking of a career in firefighting? Learn about our special youth programs that give elite groups of high school students the total firefighting experience.

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VFRS recruit training diary

Read our recruit training diary, a day-by-day snapshot of our newest group of recruits as they go through their training.

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How Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services hires

The Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is an equal opportunity employer and practises the highest standards of diversity and inclusion.

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