Recruit Firefighter – Richmond – 2023

NewJobIcon Recruit Firefighter - Richmond - 2023
Richmond Fire-Rescue
February 17, 2023
6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, Canada
Job Type
March 5, 2023
$2787.38 biweekly
Work Hours
2 Day Shifts: 10 hours 2 Night Shifts: 14 hours


This is skilled firefighting work involving fire suppression, rescue services, prevention and education services, and fire hall and equipment maintenance to achieve Richmond Fire-Rescue’s mission to act as an effective team to proactively protect and enhance the City’s livability by serving and educating our community, preventing harm and responding to emergencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Respond to various calls including Fire/Alarm, Motor Vehicle Incident, Medical and Rescue.
  • Responsible for various fire suppression duties.
  • Responsible for using a variety of tools and equipment.
  • Perform search and rescue of person(s) from dangerous situations/conditions; assess patient(s) and administer first aid as required.
  • Provide general fire safety education (i.e. events, hall visits, school drills, etc.).
  • Participate in training, drills and practice sessions.
  • Routine service and maintenance of Fire Department equipment and property, including regular equipment checks.
  • Responsible for driving and operating Fire trucks/vehicles.
  • Perform various other related work duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent is required.
  • A minimum of one year of work experience. (1,820 hours = 35 hour work week)
  • Work experience in environments such as paramedic, medical, fire services, coast guard, military, search and rescue, etc.
  • Completion of post-secondary education or apprenticeship program is preferred.
  • Completion of fire-service related courses such as auto extrication, surface water rescue, swift water rescue, high angle/rope rescue, confined space, hazardous materials, incident command, shipboard firefighting, critical incident stress, wild land firefighting, aircraft rescue firefighting, BC Fire Code, sprinklers, etc.
  • Successful completion of an approved firefighting training program (NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter 1 and II).
  • Volunteer experience.
  • Life Saving Society Certification of Bronze Star or higher.
  • Proficiency in a second language (both oral and written).
  • Understanding of Richmond’s diverse cultures are considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a lifestyle of fitness, health and wellness.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to react quickly and perform duties calmly and efficiently under all conditions, including situations of strain and duress.
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to meet and deal effectively with the public.
  • Ability to frequently exercise independent action and judgment in circumstances of extreme urgency where referral to superior for directions may not possible.
  • Ability and strength to perform prolonged and arduous duties under dangerous working conditions.
  • Ability to work at height and within confined spaces.
  • Ability to pass a medical examination compliant with standards set out in the National Fire Protection Association 1582 Chapter 6.
  • Ability to successfully pass the City of Richmond physical test (Fitness York Test).
  • Ability to successfully pass the City of Richmond Swim test (100 meter front crawl or freestyle – continuous forward stroke and 5 minutes treading water).
  • Ability to maintain and upgrade skills on a regular basis (such as recertification of first aid and CPR skills).
  • Ability to use a personal computer and software applications related to the work performed. Considerable mechanical aptitude is required.
  • Ability to successfully clear a Police Information Check (PIC).

Licences, Certificates & Registrations:

  • A valid BC Class 3 Driver’s Licence (automatic or manual) with airbrakes or equivalent.
  • A current Driver’s Abstract that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behaviours (5 year driving history).
  • First Responder Level 3, Occupational First Aid Level 2 or equivalent is required.

Additional Information

This position involves shift work with a 4 day on, 4 day off, rotating schedule. This includes 2 - 10 hour days and 2 - 14 hour nights. This position is physical in nature and performs work in all weather conditions, onsite at various Fire Hall locations and at various scene(s) of fire and rescue including motor vehicle incidents. Physical effort is required involving lifting and lowering, moving, carrying, pushing and/or pulling objects such as ladders, fire hose, ropes, extrication equipment, power tools, etc. which may weigh greater than 21 kgs. Frequent physical effort is required involving gripping equipment such as fire hose, extrication equipment and power tools which may weigh greater than 21 kgs. Duties are performed under emergency conditions which frequently involve considerable hazard. Work is closely reviewed by a supervisor.

Application Directions

Before proceeding with the online application process, please review the 2023 Richmond Fire-Rescue Application & Hiring Process Guide in full (which includes detailed instruction and further information on the hiring process), available on the Richmond Fire-Rescue website.