How do I become a firefighter in Vancouver?
Depending on the department, firefighter candidates must have:
- a Class 3, 4 and/or 5 British Columbia driver’s licence with airbrake endorsement.
- a driving record that shows responsible and safe driving behaviour.
- must be medically and physically fit and meet vision and hearing standards.
- must pass a criminal record check.
What qualifications do you need to be in the fire service?
Many ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications. You’ll need to pass: an online test to assess your judgement ability in a realistic work setting. number and reading tests.
How long does it take to become a firefighter in BC?
Firefighters must have a minimum of one year post-secondary education or the completion of a one- to two-year firefighter apprenticeship. You will need to earn 30 college credits in the fire services field or provide your apprenticeship transcripts.
How much do firefighters make in BC yearly?
Firefighters (NOC 4312) usually earn between $33.00/hour and $52.00/hour in British Columbia. People working as a “firefighter” are part of this group.
Is it hard to become a firefighter in Canada?
It requires education, community involvement, many hours of training and dedication, peak physical fitness and most of all a strong desire to help others. To make matters worse, it’s a hyper-competitive career. Often times competing against 1000’s of other candidates.
How competitive is firefighting?
The average odds of getting hired as a firefighter on any one test are about 1-in-100 or 1% chance. Even though those are still some tough odds, it is very doable. Those are the odds for one test, but most people apply quite a few times before they get hired.
What do firefighters do all day?
When not fighting fires, firefighters spend all day responding to medical emergencies and other types of calls, checking equipment, vehicle maintenance, housework/cleaning, writing reports, training and education, physical fitness, public safety demos, and station tours.
Do volunteer firefighters get paid in BC?
“A look around the province finds we’re well behind.” According to Baikie, most B.C. communities pay their volunteer firefighters between $15 to $22 per hour.
Do you need 20/20 vision to be a firefighter?
You do not need to have perfect vision to be a firefighter. You simply need to pass an eye exam and meet the vision standards set by the fire department. (These are usually set based on NFPA 1582 guidelines.)