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.
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Today’s firefighter is a skilled professional who is able to meet every kind of emergency.
Our training program allows us to hire recruits who have not completed NFPA 1001 Level I and II training before applying to Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.
Read about becoming a firefighter, including our qualifications, hiring process, and conditions of employment.
Meet some of the men and women who serve with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.
Review our required and preferred qualifications to apply to become a firefighter.
Learn about the Ride-Along program that we use to select the very best firefighter recruits.
A career with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services is about more than putting out fires. We provide our members with ongoing education in the latest developments in firefighting, fire prevention, medical response, and search and rescue techniques. We are active in the community through health clinics, fire and life safey education, and our specialized emergency response training facility.
Vancouver firefighters work on an eight day schedule with an average of 42 hours per week. The schedule includes two day shifts of 10 hours and two night shifts of 14 hours followed by four days off.
We train to NFPA 1001 level standards in the following areas:
Our members also serve on teams that specialize in:
Many Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services staff enjoy long careers spanning several decades.
The annual firefighter salary as of July 2016 is between $62,486 - $89,260.
Firefighters receive standard City of Vancouver extended health medical and dental benefits. Standard contributions to Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan are additional.
Firefighters are covered by the Municipal Superannuation Act and contribute approximately 8% of their monthly salary.
We are serious about safety, and our track record proves it. There has not been any line of duty fire deaths on our force since 1979. We have taken a lead role in the City's neighbourhood emergency preparedness strategy, and have contributed towards a number of initiatives to help reduce Vancouver’s level of fire risk as compared to other North American cities.
We proactively update and enforce bylaws to improve fire safety, for instance:
As a result, the number of serious fires in Vancouver has declined, and the annual fire death rate is second to none, even though our population has grown.
Each Vancouver fire hall is equipped with a thermal imaging camera, which helps us to locate hard-to-find overheated electrical devices, people who have collapsed in fires in need of rescue, and hot spots in smoke-filled environments.
Vancouver has developed a $52 million Dedicated Fire Protection System that taps into our ocean salt water supply, to provide a critical secondary source of water in the event a major disaster should disable our conventional water supply.
Please do not contact us about the status of your application. We are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.