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Volunteer Firefighters

Surrey firefighters training by spraying a fire hose.

The role of the volunteer firefighter

The Surrey Fire Service uses a system that compensates our volunteer firefighters based on their attendance to calls and practices. Due to this compensation our volunteer firefighters are referred to as Paid-On-Call (POC) firefighters.

POC firefighters are assigned to Fire Hall 8 located in the Cloverdale area of Surrey. After basic training, each POC firefighter is issued a pager or they can use their iPhone to receive incident call outs and respond to their fire hall.

As a POC firefighter, you may be asked to respond to a variety of emergency calls, including structure fires. On occasion, you'll also be asked to participate in public education events.

Volunteer firefighter commitment

The Surrey Fire Service is entrusted to protect the community we proudly serve. As a POC firefighter, you'll play an important role in providing a timely response to emergency situations, so we'll invest a great deal in your hiring, training and personal protective equipment. We have set service and participation standards for our volunteers. You'll be required to:

  • Participate in a 13-week training and orientation program. During the course, you'll be evaluated and expected to meet minimum performance standards. The training usually takes place on Saturdays, but it sometimes may be necessary to train on a Sunday or even on both days of the weekend.
  • Attend weekly practice nights at your hall, once cleared to do so. A minimum of 50% of your practice nights must be attended annually. Practice nights are held from 19:00 to 21:00 hours.
  • Successfully complete a 6-month probationary period after completing your training program.
  • Respond to a minimum of 30% of your emergency call-outs on an annual basis.
  • Maintain an acceptable driving record and good community standing during the course of your employment.
  • Refrain from engaging in any behaviour that might reflect poorly upon the Surrey Fire Service or the City of Surrey.

Required qualifications

Note: the required qualifications have changed as of August 1, 2017.

To apply, you must:

  • Be a minimum of 19 years of age
  • Be physically and medically fit to perform the job of a firefighter according to the standards set in the National Fire Protection Association Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments (otherwise referred to as NFPA 1582) and compliance with the vision requirements for a Commercial Vehicle Operator as stipulated by ICBC and 2016 CCMTA Medical Standards for Drivers With BC Specific Guidelines
  • Hold a current BC Level 3 First Responder or EMR License
  • Possess a valid Class 3 with air brakes endorsement, BC Driver's License without restrictions and a safe driving record
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Consent to a police information check
  • Be able to perform duties in a manner that upholds the high degree of public trust that the position holds

To be hired, you must:

  • Pass a physical fitness assessment
  • Pass a written exam
  • Participate in an interview
  • Pass a medical examination, which includes minimum visual and hearing requirements
  • Live or work* within the corridor defined by 4 kilometres East or West of 176th Street from 0 Ave to 88 Ave. Response will be to:
    • Hall 8: 17572 57 Avenue
    • Hall 14: 2016 176 Street

*If you wish to use your work address, you will have to provide a letter from your employer certifying that you can respond to calls during regular hours of work.

Preferred qualifications

  • Building construction or trades background
  • Fire-related courses or work history
  • Daytime availability

How to apply

Submit your application through Surrey Careers. If the section heading "Fire" cannot be found, it means we are not currently accepting applications. Please do not email your resume to individual members of the Surrey Fire Service.

Learn more about becoming a Career Firefighter.