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Applying for firefighter jobs with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services

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.

Find out what we do

Review the qualifications

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

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.

A career with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services is about more than putting out fires. We provide our members with ongoing education in the latest developments in firefighting, fire prevention, medical response, and search and rescue techniques. We are active in the community through health clinics, fire and life safey education, and our specialized emergency response training facility.

Vancouver firefighters work on an eight day schedule with an average of 42 hours per week. The schedule includes two day shifts of 10 hours and two night shifts of 14 hours followed by four days off.

Standard training

We train to NFPA 1001 level standards in the following areas:

  • Firefighting techniques
  • Medical emergency procedures
  • Public education service
  • Control of hazardous materials
  • Communication systems
  • Fire prevention legislation
  • Forensic fire investigation techniques

Specialty teams

Our members also serve on teams that specialize in:

  • Automobile extrication
  • Hazardous Materials response unit
  • Technical rescue (such as rope and confined space rescue)
  • Urban search and rescue (the only team in Canada qualified to respond internationally)
  • Marine firefighting
  • Wildlands firefighting
  • Fire investigations
  • Emergency medical services

Many Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services staff enjoy long careers spanning several decades.

The annual firefighter salary as of July 2016 is between $62,486 - $89,260.

Firefighters receive standard City of Vancouver extended health medical and dental benefits. Standard contributions to Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan are additional.

Firefighters are covered by the Municipal Superannuation Act and contribute approximately 8% of their monthly salary.

Safety standards

We are serious about safety, and our track record proves it. There has not been any line of duty fire deaths on our force since 1979. We have taken a lead role in the City's neighbourhood emergency preparedness strategy, and have contributed towards a number of initiatives to help reduce Vancouver’s level of fire risk as compared to other North American cities.

Advances in fire prevention

We proactively update and enforce bylaws to improve fire safety, for instance:

  • The requirement for automatic sprinklers to be installed in new construction.
  • Annual inspections of fire safety and protection system equipment.
  • Other programs to protect the public.

As a result, the number of serious fires in Vancouver has declined, and the annual fire death rate is second to none, even though our population has grown.

Specialized equipment

Each Vancouver fire hall is equipped with a thermal imaging camera, which helps us to locate hard-to-find overheated electrical devices, people who have collapsed in fires in need of rescue, and hot spots in smoke-filled environments.

Vancouver has developed a $52 million Dedicated Fire Protection System that taps into our ocean salt water supply, to provide a critical secondary source of water in the event a major disaster should disable our conventional water supply.

Steps in our 2018/2019 hiring process

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

  • Aug 20 - Sept 4

    Intake opens

  • Sept 22

    Written exam

  • Oct 2 - 19


  • Oct 30

    Skills assessment

  • Nov 1-2, 5-6, and 9-10

    Candidate ride-alongs

  • Nov 19

    Fire Chief and Executive Board review

  • Nov 22 - 23

    Medical exams

  • Dec 4

    Job offers

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.

Review the qualificationsRide-Along program