Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services - "People who care about you"
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) are the first responders in the event of many emergency and non-emergency incidents, not just fires. We respond to medical emergencies, teach fire prevention and fire safety courses, operate an urban search and rescue deployment, and host public health clinics in your communities. We operate through twenty Vancouver fire halls, one training academy, and two fire prevention offices.
We host annual camps that give high school students practical experience as firefighters. Our efforts to promote and enforce fire safety bylaws have reduced the number of deaths due to fire, and the number of dangerous fires overall.
Interested in a career with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services? The 2013 recruitment process begins with information sessions scheduled during the spring and summer. You must preregister to attend an information session.
Contains information about working as a firefighter for Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. Includes qualifications, the selection process, conditions of employment, and more.
All information and Physical Performance Tryout (PPT) sessions take place at Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Training Department, 1330 Chess Street
Information session dates:
- Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 6:00pm
- Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 6:00pm
- Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 6:00pm
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 6:00pm
Register for an information session
Physical Performance Tryout (PPT) dates:
- Sunday, April 21, 2013, 9:00am to 2:00pm (30 participants)
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6:00pm to 9:00pm (20 participants)
- Wednesday, June 16, 2013, 6:00pm to 9:00pm (25 participants)
- Thursday July 18, 2013, 6:00pm to 9:00pm (25 participants)
Register for a PPT session
Applications accepted: September 16, 2013 to October 18, 2013
(application forms will be available here at the start of the application intake period)
- Written exam: Saturday, November 2, 2013
- PPA and ladder raise: Saturday, November 23, 2013
- Interviews: Monday, November 25, 2013 to Wednesday, December 18, 2013 (first group)
Find out about how to stop, drop, and roll, learn your fire extinguisher ABCs, and more. Learn how to play it safe and how to do your part to prevent fires.
A job with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services will put you on the front line protecting our city. If you share our passion, then this could be your career.
Attention Vancouver youth: Watch for the next time we run our special camps that give elite groups of high school students the total firefighting experience. Do you have what it takes?
You’ve heard it said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We inspect properties and issue permits to help you stop fires before they happen!
We are committed to building community. This page lists our community endeavours, including the Honour Guard, the Fire and Rescue Services Band, and the Vancouver Firefighters Historical Society.
Earn your CPR and First Aid certification through courses taught by professional firefighters. Sign yourself or a group up for training.
Have your blood pressure checked at public health and safety awareness clinics conducted by professional firefighters.
Find a fire hall in your neighbourhood. Schools and community groups can arrange a fire hall tour to learn and remember fire safety tips.
The Fire and Life Safety House is a portable classroom where firefighters teach fire protection and home fire safety tips to Grade 3 students within Vancouver schools.
Register for our 90-minute workshop where professional firefighters teach practical fire protection, prevention, and safety tips as part of your fire safety plan.