Firefighter Qualifications

Applicants must meet all of the following qualifications to be considered for employment:

Firefighter Qualifications

  • Required Qualifications

    • Legal entitlement to work in Canada (Canadian Citizenship / Landed Immigrant / Permanent Residence Status)
    • Certificate of Completion of NFPA 1001 Levels 1 and 2 from an approved Pro Board or IFSAC accredited firefighter training program
    • High School graduation or equivalent
    • Valid BC Driver’s Licence, Class 3 with Air Brake endorsement
    • Driver’s Abstract dated within 30 days prior to application submission date. Candidates must demonstrate safe and responsible driving behaviour; more than six points in the last three years from the date of application is considered excessive
    • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate, current within one year from the application submission date
    • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Licence or higher.  Licence must be kept valid throughout recruitment process. See the Ministry of Health website for licencing information.
    • Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents - Operations Level (NFPA 472)*
    • Community Involvement/Volunteer Experience
    • Physically and medically fit to perform the job of a Firefighter according to the standards set out in NFPA 1582
    • No conviction for a criminal offence related to the job of a Firefighter.
  • Preferred Qualifications

    • Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents – Technician Level (NFPA 472)*
    • Technical High Angle Rope Rescue – Awareness, Operations or Technician Level (NFPA 1006)*
    • Confined Space Rescue – Awareness, Operations or Technician Level (NFPA 1006)*
    • Wildland Fire Fighting Certification
    • Completion of other Fire Service related courses or programs
    • Fire related work and/or volunteer experience
    • Post-secondary education and/or building construction training or experience, mechanical training or experience, or heavy equipment operation training or experience
    • 2 years of accumulated work experience after the completion of high school
    • Fluency in a second language
    • Ability to swim and preferably related life saving certificates

    * Pro Board or IFSAC accredited certification not required; must provide documented proof that training meets or exceeds the appropriate NFPA standards.

 

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