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Applying for firefighter jobs with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services employs 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.

We are an equal opportunity employer and practise the highest standards of diversity and inclusion at our 20 fire halls, one training academy, and two fire prevention offices around Vancouver.

2017 recruitment: information sessions

Are you interested in a career with us and curious to see if it's right for you?

Attend a free public information session to:

  • Learn how to become a Vancouver firefighter
  • Get the latest hiring information
  • Chat with our recruiters one-on-one
  • Speak with our fire crews in a relaxed, informal presentation

Sessions are located at Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services Training Centre on 1300 Chess Street. There's plenty of free parking.

Spaces are limited – register early to book your preferred date.

  • Thursday, May 25, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 28, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 26, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 2, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Register on Eventbrite  

Steps in our 2016/2017 hiring process

Successfully completing a step does not guarantee you will move on to the next step.

  • Jan 31-Feb 21


  • Mar 2

    Skills evaluation

  • Mar 3-4
    Mar 9-10

  • Mar 28

    Fire chief and
    Executive Board review

  • Apr 4

    Health and medical

  • Apr 18

    Fire chief's job offer

Prepare to apply

Today’s firefighter is a skilled professional who is able to meet every kind of emergency.

Our training program allows us to hire recruits who have not completed NFPA 1001 Level I and II training before applying to Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.

Applicant guide

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services Firefighter Applicant Guide

Read about becoming a firefighter, including our qualifications, hiring process, and conditions of employment.

Find out what we do

Review the qualifications

Review our required and preferred qualifications to apply to become a firefighter.

Ride-Along program

Learn about the Ride-Along program that we use to select the very best firefighter recruits.

Working environment

Training and specializations

Salary and benefits

Safety and equipment

Contact our Recruitment & Outreach Division


Note Please do not contact us about the status of your application. We are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Review the qualificationsRide-Along program