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Applying for firefighter jobs with Vancouver Fire Rescue Services

COVID-19 update: Outreach activities are still suspended

Our next hiring intake is opening soon. 

July 2021: COVID-19 restrictions are lifting and we’ll be resuming outreach activities in the coming months. We anticipate 2022 to be a strong year for hiring. 

View our hiring process timeline

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.

Applicant guide

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services Firefighter Applicant Guide

Read about becoming a firefighter, including our qualifications, hiring process, and conditions of employment.

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Applications are now open until 11:59pm on September 10. 

We encourage you to use a traditional desktop or laptop computer to fill out the application as it may not work properly on a handheld device.

Once the application is open, scroll down to the job specific information section (at the bottom) for guidance on how to properly fill out your application. 


Review the qualifications

Review our required and preferred qualifications to apply to become a firefighter.

Youth Outreach Academy (YOA)

Find opportunities for secondary school students and learn that working as a firefighter involves more than just fighting fires.

Ride-Along program

Learn about the Ride-Along program that we use to select the very best firefighter recruits.

Hiring process update

Successfully completing a step does not guarantee you will move on to the next step.

Update: We’ve added an additional written test date on October 3 to allow greater flexibility and to account for evolving COVID restrictions. You will only be required to attend one of the two dates offered.

  • Aug 16-Sep 10

    Online application

  • Sep 25 and Oct 3

    Written test

  • Oct-Nov


  • Mid-Nov

    Physical and skills assessment

  • Mid-Nov

    Ride alongs

  • Early-Dec

    Medical exams

  • Mid-Dec

    Job offers

  • Early-Jan 2022

    Recruit class

Criminal records checks and reference checks are ongoing.

Contact our Recruitment & Outreach Division

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