Before You Apply

Minimum & Preferred Qualifications

During periods of active Firefighter recruitment campaigns, candidates are encouraged to carefully consider their qualifications against the stated requirements prior to completing and submitting their application.

Order of selection will be based on a competitive process where only those candidates that exemplify all requirements for the position (minimum and preferred qualifications) of Firefighter will be selected first.

  1. Minimum Qualifications
  2. Preferred Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications in Order to Be Considered

  • Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant with legal entitlement to work in Canada
  • Must be at least 19 years of age on the date of application
  • Completion of High School or General Education Development (GED)
  • Current (within 30 days from date of application) Valid Class 3 British Columbia Driver’s License without restrictions, with airbrake endorsement and a good driving record; more than 6 points is considered excessive and applicants will not be considered
  • No conviction of a relevant criminal offense for which a pardon has not been granted
  • First aid certification shall be EMA-FR (Emergency Medical Assistant – First Responder) or equivalent (Important Notice: Candidates are reminded that a valid EMA-FR license is a minimum requirement and must accompany your application; if this license is due to expire on or before January 31, 2021, it will be the candidate’s responsibility to ensure the license remains valid)
  • Physically and psychologically fit to perform the position of Firefighter
  • Successful completion of an approved Firefighter training program resulting in the completion of a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Level 1 and 2 Certification (proof of transcript and certification must be submitted with application displaying Pro Board or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress [IFSAC] accreditation); please do not contact Human Resources to inquire what courses are considered part of the NFPA 1001 Level 1 and 2 certification
  • Residency requirements in one of the following cities (required upon commencing employment):
    • Burnaby
    • Coquitlam
    • Delta
    • Langley - City
    • Langley – Township
    • Maple Ridge
    • New Westminster
    • North Vancouver - City
    • North Vancouver - District
    • Pitt Meadows
    • Port Coquitlam
    • Port Moody
    • Richmond
    • Surrey
    • Vancouver
  • Within permissible boundaries (requires pre-approval from the Fire Chief prior to commencing employment):
    • Abbotsford
    • Chilliwack
    • Mission
    • West Vancouver
    • White Rock