Firefighter – North Shore Tri-Municipal Fire Recruitment – 2019
The City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and District of West Vancouver typically run one recruitment intake per year. Dates for the annual intake period are advertised on our webpage and applicants can only apply during this period. Recruitment numbers are based on attrition of current members and thus hiring numbers can fluctuate year to year.
We are looking for qualified men and women who are pursuing a demanding, exciting and rewarding career in firefighting to join our team.
Today’s Firefighter is a skilled professional able to face every kind of emergency. We will provide training on preferred methods for various job tasks. Through this training and experience you will learn the latest developments in firefighting, rescue techniques, medical emergency procedures and public education. We also cover such subjects as the control of hazardous materials, communication systems, fire prevention legislation and fire investigation techniques.
If you are interested in becoming a North Shore Firefighter you need to possess the following qualities:
- Teamwork and respect
- Effective communication
- Good judgement
- Desire and ability to learn
- Conscientiousness and personal accountability
- Honesty and integrity
- Confidence and resilience
- Problem solving ability
Working as a Firefighter you will be exposed to prolonged hours of physical and mental exertion. You will experience sleep deprivation and may be awake for up to 24 hours at a time. You will be exposed to stressful situations that will be mentally, physically and emotionally challenging.
- Successful completion of an approved Firefighter Training program resulting in a minimum of Firefighter Level 2 Certificate (NFPA1001).
- High School
- Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of at least one year of post-secondary education (i.e. 30 credits-academic/technical/trades) OR at least one year of accumulated work experience after high school (equivalent to full time hours), preferably in work related to the needs of the Fire Service (i.e. building construction, mechanical, driving trucks and/or large or emergency vehicles, first aid, nursing, paramedic, instructor/educator, full-time competitive athlete, ).
- Physically fit for the position of Firefighter and medically fit according to the standards set in NFPA It is the candidate’s responsibility to review and understand these standards. At the latter stage of the process, you will be required to pass an assessment with a certified medical physician demonstrating medical fitness to perform the job of Firefighter. The assessment uses the National Fire Protection Association – Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments – (2013) Edition (referred to as “NFPA 1582”). It is the candidate’s responsibility to review and understand these standards. An on-line version of the standard can be viewed on the National Fire Protection Association website or you can purchase a complete copy from the National Fire Protection Association. Please consult your physician if you have any concerns about your ability to meet this standard. The cost of the medical is assumed by the municipality.
- University of Alberta Firefighter Fitness Testing OR University of Victoria Firefighter Fitness Test
Proof that you have passed one of the above on September 1, 2018 or later. No other physical abilities test will be accepted.
- Arrange for the completion of the test at either
- Ensure that a valid certificate issued by the testing facility between September 1, 2018 and July 26, 2019 is included in the on-line application during the period that the Firefighter competition is
- Book the test appointment with their chosen location well ahead of time to ensure test No exceptions will be made.
- Valid BC Driver’s Licence, Class 3 with air brake Equivalent licenses from other Canadian provinces or territories are acceptable.
- Current driver’s abstract (dated no more than 60 days prior to the application closing date). This abstract should demonstrate responsible and safe driving A current record with:
- Not more than 6 points in the last 3 years from the date of
- Ensure your abstract displays a NORMAL driving If you have a HOLD status, you must attach a note to your supporting documents advising us of the reason for the HOLD.
- Successful completion of and current certification in:
- Occupational First Aid – Level 1 OR
- Standard First Aid – Industry with CPR Level C OR
- Emergency First Aid –
- Computer literate (i.e. proficiency in Microsoft Office and/or common software applications).
- Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of
- No criminal convictions related to the job of Please see BC’s Provincial Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records Check.
- Progress towards or completion of a post-secondary education program (i.e. academic, technical or trades training).
- Higher level first aid or first responder certification such as:
- Occupational First Aid Level 3
- First Responder Licence Level 3 (FR)
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
- Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)
- Advance Care Paramedic (ACP)
- Additional Fire Service related certificates listed below:
- Auto Extrication/Vehicle Rescue
- Confined Space Rescue
- Hazardous Materials
- Technical Rope Rescue
- Swiftwater Rescue
- Lifesaving Certificates (Bronze Cross, Bronze Medallion, NLS)
- Demonstration of service to the community through volunteer experience, other than duties assigned as a Volunteer Firefighter (i.e. responding to calls, training ).
When submitting your application online, the application process comprises of various stages with instructions on each screen. You should expect the application process to take approximately 45 minutes as you navigate through the application portal. Do not wait until the final day of the competition to apply, should you encounter technical issues.
Before you apply, you will need to have the following three documents ready:
- Cover Letter
- Supporting Documents (all supporting documents should be scanned into one document)
Consider your medical condition in accordance with NFPA 1582. It is the candidate’s responsibility to review and understand these standards.