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Applying for firefighter jobs with Vancouver Fire Rescue Services

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services employs over 800 people 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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Review the qualifications

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

VFRS Youth Outreach Academy

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.

2023 hiring process update

  • Jan 1-21

    Accepting online applications

  • Jan 28, Feb 5

    Written test

  • Mid-late Feb


  • Mar 3-4

    Physical and skills testing

  • Mid-late Mar

    Candidate ride alongs

  • Late Mar-early Apr

    Medical testing

  • Early Apr

    Job offers

  • May 1

    Training begins

Additional interviews will be held later in the year.

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.

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