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Career Firefighters

Four members of the Surrey Fire Service posing for a picture.

The 2018/2019 hiring process is now closed. See below for details.

Responsibilities of a Firefighter

Firefighting has evolved a great deal in the last 20 years. The number of medical assistance calls that departments like the Surrey Fire Service attend have dramatically increased, and structure fires have been in steady decline because of the fire department's public education and promotion of extinguishers and smoke detectors.

Today’s firefighters focus on safety, customer service, and public education.

Benefits of becoming a Firefighter

Becoming a firefighter takes time and effort, but when you succeed, you will have found the career of a lifetime.

  • High Pay And Benefits: We offer excellent pay and benefits. You can review the pay and benefits in our current Collective Agreement.
  • Flexible Work Hours: The hours of work are a 4-on, 4-off schedule consisting of 2, 10-hour day shifts and 2, 14-hour night shifts. Crews cook and eat 1 meal together each shift and maintain their physical fitness in the hall fitness centers.
  • Charitable Contributions: Outside of working hours, firefighters take part in many charitable functions organized by their union, Local 1271 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
  • Diverse Community: Firefighters represent the diverse nature of the community we serve. We're looking for firefighters who are mature, well-educated, and team oriented. We encourage women and minorities to bring their own unique strengths and experiences to the service.

Career Firefighter Positions

The 2018/2019 hiring process was opened from August 31, 2018 until September 14, 2018 at noon.

Read the 2018/2019 Firefighter Application Manual to prepare to submit a future application, and review our hiring process timeline below for an idea of what's involved:

2018/2019 Surrey Fire Service Career Hiring Process

Review the list of key steps of the hiring process:

  • Psychometric screening to take place in early October 2018
  • Physical Fitness Testing to take place late October into early November 2018
  • Skills Refresher Course November 2018
  • Ride-Alongs will take place between mid-November 2018 and late January 2019 (no ride-alongs over holiday season)
  • Interviews will take place during January and February 2019
  • References/Police Information Check to take place in February/March 2019
  • Conditional offers of employment and Medical assessment/First responder suitability assessment to be completed in February/March 2019
  • Offers of employment completed in late March/early April 2019
  • Employment commences April 29, 2019

All of the dates provided are subject to change. Only candidates who are successful in each stage of the process will advance through the entire process.

Additional Information on Becoming a Firefighter

Can I apply if I am not a resident of Surrey?

Yes, you can apply if you live outside of Surrey. However, the hiring process can take several months and will require you travel to Surrey and Vancouver several times, sometimes for consecutive days.

Do I need to attach all of my supporting documentation when I submit my online resume?

No, the only documents you will need to upload are your resume and driver's abstract (no older than 30 days from time of application). We will ask for any supporting documentation/certifications later in the process.

Do I need post-secondary education?

No. Post-secondary education is not a mandatory requirement, although we do consider it a preferred qualification.

My driver's license has restrictions on it. Can I still apply?

A Class 3 BC Driver's license with automatic restrictions will be accepted for the hiring process.

Do you accept Pro Board certification?

Yes. We consider Pro Board certification to be the equivalent of IFSAC certification.

Will you accept an EMR license in lieu of First Responder 3?

All applicants are required to possess a current BC EMA License (FR level or higher). Your license must be issued by an authorized agency in British Columbia. We no longer accept OFA Licensing. See the BC Ministry of Health for more details.

I was eliminated from the 2017/18 hiring process last year. Can I reapply for the 2018/19 hiring?

The 2018/19 recruitment process is open to all applicants who meet the required qualifications and did not participate in the 2017/18 recruitment process at Stage 6 or later. Applicants in last year’s (2017/18) process that participated in the Ride-A-Long or Interview stages are not eligible to apply for this year’s (2018/19) hiring process.

What are the medical and vision standards I must meet?

The medical requirements are the same as those laid out in the National Fire Protection Association Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments (NFPA 1582 standard).

The vision requirements for a Commercial Vehicle Operator as stipulated by ICBC and the 2010 BC Guide in Determining Fitness to Drive.

Learn what's required during the Career Firefighter Physical Test.

Fire Radio Operator Positions

There are no Radio Operator openings at this time. Please check the City of Surrey careers section for current opportunities.

The Surrey Fire Service maintains one of the largest Fire Dispatch Centers in British Columbia, servicing 34 communities and initiating a projected 60,000 incidents annually. Radio Operators are responsible for receiving and transmitting all fire related emergency, rescue and medical communications as well as after-hours public works for the City and its clients.

Learn more about Part-Time Radio Dispatcher positions. The testing for a Dispatch position is extremely rigorous. See an example of the testing.

For more information on the hiring process for career firefighters, contact the Surrey Fire Service.