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Candidate and supervisor prepare for a ride-along as part of firefighter recruitment at Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services recruitment Ride-Along program

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services receives hundreds of applications each year from men and women keen to pursue a firefighting career. Candidate Ride-Along evaluations are an important step in hiring our firefighters.

We select candidates for Ride-Alongs after they pass a three-hour written test, panel interview, and skills assessment.

Candidates learn from our fire crews about the daily life of a Vancouver firefighter and how we keep Vancouver's people, property, and environment safe.

Over two consecutive day shifts, our crews evaluate candidates:

  • Doing drills, simulations, and chores around the fire hall
  • Helping crews on emergency calls to get insight into our emergency response protocols (within strict guidelines to protect candidates and the public)

What Ride-Along candidates do

Candidates observe or assist in a limited capacity, and are accompanied by a firefighter or officer.

Under the direct supervision of our staff, candidates:

  • May accompany crews to emergency calls and observe procedures
  • May assist fire crews in carrying or packing away equipment
  • Will not take part in any firefighting activities or provide any medical treatment

Our top priority is to keep the public, Ride-Along candidates, and our crews safe. We follow thorough safety precautions and operational guidelines at all times.

VFRS candidate ride-alongs

By City of Vancouver

 

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Contact our Recruitment & Outreach Division

fire.recruitment@vancouver.ca

Note Please do not contact us about the status of your application. We are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.