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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.

  • Wednesday, July 26, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 2, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Register on Eventbrite  

2016/2017 recruitment

We have closed our 2016/2017 recruitment process.  

Thank you to all candidates for your hard work and dedication throughout our lengthy process. It does not go unnoticed.  

You are encouraged to reapply in August for our next intake.

Good luck and keep safe. 

Steps in our 2017/2018 hiring process

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

  • Aug 21-Sep 1

    Intake open

  • Sep 23

    Written exam

  • Oct 3-27


  • Nov 8

    Skills assessment and
    ride-along orientation

  • Nov 16-17, 24-25

    Candidate ride-alongs

  • Week of Nov 27

    Fire Chief and
    Executive Board review

  • Dec 7-8

    Health and medical evaluations

  • Week of Dec 18

    Job offers

  • Feb 5, 2018

    New recruit class starts

Prepare to apply

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

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