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Abbotsford Fire Department Career hiring

Abbotsford Career Recruitment 2016

Considering a career as a firefighter?

Being a firefighter can be challenging, exciting, and fulfilling career. If you want to help others, have a desire to serve the community, and work best in a team, becoming a firefighter might be for you.

The Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service is a customer focused team-based organization that is committed to reflect the cultural diversity of our city.

A career with the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service will put you on the front line of protecting our city, contributing to a leading-edge department with a proven safety record.

We are currently establishing an eligibility list to fill future vacancies.

Do you want to join an organization that is constantly evolving to meet the ongoing economic and social diversity of a thriving community? A career in firefighting provides both men and women with a challenging and rewarding experience.

A commitment to maintaining a daily fitness regime and monitoring personal wellness is essential to ensuring fire fighter safety and longevity. It is important that you have the strength, stamina and cardiovascular conditioning required to take on the physical challenges of this career. Ethical behavior and accountability must be part of your nature. Taking responsibility for and ownership of your actions is vital to success.

Note: If you were on previous eligibility list, you need to reapply.

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The duties of a Firefighter

Firefighters are highly trained professionals, skilled in firefighting, rescue operations, hazardous material training, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents and other specialized services.

If you are considering a career with the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service, the Firefighter Tasks and Duties document outlines the details of a firefighter’s responsibilities.

Abbotsford Fire Resuce Service firefighters have the opportunity to develop their skills in specialty areas including:

  • Aquatic rescue

  • Heavy rescue

  • High-angle rescue

  • Hazardous materials

Today's professional firefighter has a number of daily tasks but they are also highly trained in fighting fires, rescue operations, handling hazardous materials, confined space rescue, tower crane rescue, and providing medical care for emergencies and motor vehicle incidents.

If you are interested in applying to be a firefighter, you should become familiar with our Firefighter Selection Process and learn all you can about firefighting and the Abbotsord Fire Rescue Service.

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Only the most qualified applicants will be chosen to move forward in the Firefighter selection process.

Minimum Qualifications

You must be able to prove you have all of the following minimum qualifications before you apply. Proof of qualifications will be requested at various stages during the recruitment process.

  • Minimum 19 years of age on the date of your application

  • Eligible for employment in Canada - You must be a Canadian citizen, a holder of a Permanent Resident Card, a Landed Immigrant or otherwise legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e., holder of a work visa).

  • You must provide documented proof of receiving the following inoculations:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella – (also known as MMR); we will accept childhood vaccination records and/or the results of an antigen titer test.

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria – (also known as Td); your most recent Td inoculation must be within the past 10 years.

  • Hepatitis A & B.

  • You must provide documents verifying you have:

  • A High School Diploma

  • or equivalency - equivalencies can include:

  • General Educational Development (High School Equivalency Diploma)

  • or an undergraduate/applied degree or journeyman certificate

  • or completed 2 years of a recognized apprenticeship program

  • NFPA 1001 Level 2 with HazMat Operations

  • First Responder Level 3 License or greater with Spinal and AED (e.g. EMR or PCP Licensing)

  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate (current)

  • Unrestricted Class 3 with Air Brakes endorsement (Air-Brakes "Automatic Only" restriction is accepted) driver's licence (or provincial equivalent) with no more than six-(6) demerits/points for the past 5 years and no present suspensions or charges pending.

  • Probationary or Graduated Driver’s licenses will not be accepted. Accepted licences:

  • BC Class 1, 2, or 3 licences with an air brake endorsement.

  • A clean Police Information Check as it pertains to the positon of firefighter.

  • Physically and psychologically fit for the positon of firefighter.

All licenses must be current through 2017. Certification is not equivalent to licensing. All costs associated with obtaining and maintaining these licenses are at the applicant’s expense.

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Before you Apply

  • Familiarize yourself with Career Fire Fighter Recruitment Application Manual.

  • Be prepared to upload with your application

  • Driver's Licence (color copy of both sides)

  • Current Driver's Abstract (check the date to ensure it is within 1 month).

  • CPAT Certificate (valid in last 12 months)

  • NFPA 1001 Level 2 with HazMat Operations Certificate

  • First Responder Level 3 License or greater with Spinal and AED (e.g. EMR or PCP Licensing)

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Additional Information

  • Recruitment Testing Schedule - Please note the dates and/or the times are subject to change.

  • Firefighter Optometrist Form

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Online Application

Career Full Time Firefighter Online Application (No Resumes will be accepted). Applications will be accepted until April 26, 2016, 12:00pm (Noon).


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Contact Us

All questions and inquiries should be directed to Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service at or 604-853-3566.

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