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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.

2014 - 2015 Hiring update

July 14, 2015 - We have finalized our 2015 hiring and invited 19 candidates to our Job Offer Day on July 15th. These new recruits will start their first day of training on Tuesday, September 8th. 

Thank you to all those candidates that applied with VF&RS, we look forward to seeing your application next month at our next recruitment intake.

Important update to 2015 hiring process

We have finalized changes to our recruitment process. Mandatory requirements at the time of application include:

  • C-PAT certification
  • BC First Responder level 3 license with AED and spinal endorsements, at minimum
  • Class 3 driving license with air brake endorsement

2015 - 2016 Hiring 

Important dates

Application intake  August 4 - 18, 2015 
Written test  Saturday, September 19, 2015 
Interviews  October 2015 
Skills Assessment Day  Thursday, November 5, 2015 
Ride-a-longs  November and December 2015 
Health and medical examinations  January 2016 
Job offers  February 2016 


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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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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.

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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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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