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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 has 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
  • Introduction of a 2 day candidate ride-along program

Hiring update

May 1, 2015 - We have successfully completed 38 candidate interviews for the September new recruit class. Emails are being sent to those that will be invited to our Skills Assessment Day, as well as to those not selected to move forward. Those not moving forward will have the opportunity to schedule a post-interview follow up with our Recruitment Division.

Important dates

Skills Assessment Day Monday, June 15, 2015
Health and medical examinations Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Job offers Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Application intake August 4 - 18, 2015
Start date of new recruit class Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Prepare to apply in late summer 2015

Attend an information session

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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