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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.

2015/2016 hiring update

November 19, 2015 – Our first Skills Assessment and Ride-Along Orientation has concluded and here is an updated list of candidates who are still active in our process.

Candidates that have been selected to participate in our Ride-Along program for November and December 2015 have been invited.

Candidates whose ID number is listed on our website remain in our recruitment process.

We remind all candidates not to contact Recruitment with questions at this time.

Key dates for 2015/2016 hiring

Ride-Alongs  Friday, November 27
Saturday, November 28
Friday, December 11
Saturday, December 12
Health and medical examinations  Week of January 18, 2016 
Job offers  Week of February 8, 2016 
First recruit class of 2016  March or May 2016 
Second round of interviews  Late winter or spring 2016 

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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.

Learn about fire and rescue jobs

Prepare to apply

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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More ways to contact us

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Follow Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services

Follow a group of recruits through their training!

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.

Read the diary

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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