2019 Firefighter Recruitment Competition

The 2019 Firefighter Recruitment Competition closed on August 30, 2019. Thank you to all those who submitted an application.

The Victoria Fire Department conducts one firefighter recruitment competition every two to three years to establish a Firefighter Eligibility Pool. The number of firefighters hired from the Pool may differ each year as the number of vacancies available is based on attrition due to retirements and staff turnover.

What We’re Looking For

The Victoria Fire Department looks for individuals who are community-minded, skilled professionals, and trained to use the latest fire suppression technologies and rescue techniques. We strongly encourage candidates to bring their unique strengths and skill sets to the application process. Our diversity strengthens us and improves our ability to serve our community.

We seek candidates who are self-motivated, hardworking team players, committed to continuous improvement and learning, and strive for excellence in customer service. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Victoria Fire Department firefighters are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 730.

How to Apply

Before applying online, potential applicants were encouraged to read the 2019 Victoria Fire Department Firefighter Application Guide.

Applicants were asked to have the required qualifications and certifications for the position as outlined in the Firefighter Application Guide. This includes the University of Victoria's or University of Alberta’s Physical Fitness Certificate, dated January 1, 2019 or more recent.

Starting July 15, applicants were able to view the job posting at

Early in the online application, applicants were asked to upload a resume -- and to only upload ONE document. This document needed to be uploaded as a single PDF and was to contain ALL of the following: 

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Copies of the following qualifications:
    • University of Victoria or University of Alberta Physical Fitness Certificate dated January 1, 2019 or more recent
    • NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 and 2
    • WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 2 or BC First Responder Level 3, or equivalent
    • Canadian Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status
    • Proof of Grade 12 or equivalent
    • Valid British Columbia Class 3 Drivers Licence with Air Brake Endorsement or equivalent
    • Driver’s Abstract reflective of no more than six points within the last three years
    • Canadian Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card
    • Victoria Fires Department Recruit Firefighter Self-Evaluation Questionnaire (See Appendix of the Application Guide.)