2019 Youth Outreach Academy

Applications are open for our 2019 Youth Outreach Academy.

The Youth Outreach Academy (YOA) will run from April 23 to 27 at our training centre, located at 1330 Chess St, Vancouver.

What to expect

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) Youth Outreach Academy will give students the opportunity to experience the life of a Vancouver Firefighter.

Over a five day period, these hardworking students will learn valuable firefighting and lifesaving skills, as well as community and team building. 

Some examples of what this five day program may consist of are:

  • Firefighting operations
  • Search and rescue techniques
  • The use of self-contained breathing equipment
  • CPR certification
  • Portable extinguisher training
  • Giving back to our community
  • Auto extrication

This exciting week will develop personal growth and understanding that will help participants overcome challenges. Even when they are physically and emotionally drained, they will learn to keep moving forward with the support of their friends and colleagues. True teamwork!


The YOA is free of charge and is open to any student in grade 11 or 12 who lives or goes to school in the City of Vancouver. 

Public, private, and homeschooled students are welcome. Students must be willing to complete and attend all five days.

We will be accepting 20 participants for this amazing opportunity. Once students have successfully graduated the YOA, they enter the Youth Outreach Academy Alumni. All Alumni are kept up to date with volunteer opportunities and other ways to remain engaged with VFRS through the events we host and organize.

Please note The application deadline is March 15, 2019.

Download application and waivers PDF file (285 KB)

YOA 2019 poster PDF file (1.15 MB)

View our photo gallery on Flickr

See images of previous Youth Outreach Academy classes. You can also view other Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services photo galleries on Flickr.

Contact the Youth Outreach Academy

Mailing address
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
900 Heatley Ave
Vancouver, BC V6A 3S7

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Still curious about VFRS?

Watch videos about past youth academies, firefighter recruitment, and the Remembrance Day Honour Guard.

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