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

The Fire Department employs more than 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.


VFRS is currently finalizing changes to our recruitment process which are likely to include (but are not limited to) a requirement for C-PAT certification at time of application and the introduction of a 2 day candidate ride-along program. Further details will be published over the coming weeks. Applications for our next process will be accepted August 4 – 18. It will require candidates to already be a licensed First Responder level 3 and to have their Class 3 Driving License with Air Brake endorsement at time of application.

Hiring update

April 1, 2015 – 12 candidates have been invited to meet the Fire Chief on April 16th and receive a job offer. Further candidates are already scheduled for April interviews.

We thank all candidates for their continued interest in Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.

 We ask you not to contact our recruiting office for the status of your application.

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

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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.

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Considering applying for a career as a firefighter? Attend an information session to learn about our qualifications and hiring process. 

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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.

Last modified: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:10:46

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