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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services operates through 20 fire halls around Vancouver, one training academy, and two fire prevention offices.

The Fire Department employs more than 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 not accepting new applications at the moment.

Looking to apply for the next intake? Stay tuned for upcoming application dates. Also, you can review our requirements and qualifications in our guide for applications below.

Hiring status for fall 2013 firefighter applicants

Check this page regularly for the status of your application.

March 27, 2014 update

On April 3, there will be a skills assessment day for candidates that successfully passed their interviews in January 2014.

The second new recruit class of 2014 is expected to start the first week of September.

The intake and screening process is being reviewed. When complete, registration for the information sessions will open in April or May. 

The current intake process for new recruits has not been completed. We want to thank you for your continued patience and interest in Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services through this lengthy process. You will be contacted by email if you are to move forward in any stage of our recruitment process. Please do not contact our recruiting office for the status of your application.

The 2014 application process is estimated to start early fall (dates subject to change).

Information sessions and courses to help you prepare to apply

Read about requirements and qualifications

Learn about working as a firefighter for Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. The guide includes our qualifications, selection process, conditions of employment, and more.

Register for an information session

Considering applying for a career as a firefighter? Attend an information session to get more information. The next information sessions will be scheduled for spring 2014.

Attend a Physical Performance Tryout (PPT)

We provide an opportunity for you to prepare for the physical testing stage (physical performance assessment) of the hiring process. The PPT is open to anyone who would like to challenge themselves and experience how firefighters are physically tested to ensure they are physically fit for the job.

The next Physical Performance Tryouts will be offered in 2014.

Register for a Physical Performance Course (PPC)

The physical performance course is for anyone that wants to improve their physical ability to help prepare for the physical performance assessment. The course is a total of 12 hours, divided into four three-hour classes.

The next Physical Performance Course will be offered in 2014.

Learn about fire and rescue jobs

Prepare to apply

Interested in becoming a Vancouver firefighter? Learn about Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services jobs, how we train, and how to prepare yourself to work with us.

Learn about firefighting opportunities for youth

Youth firefighting opportunities

Are you thinking of a career in firefighting? Learn about our special yourth programs that give elite groups of high school students the total firefighting experience.

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VFRS recruit training diary

Read our recruit training diary, a day-by-day snapshot of our newest group of recruits as they go through their training.

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How Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services hires

The Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is an equal opportunity employer and practises the highest standards of diversity and inclusion.

Last modified: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:35:33

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