The City of Prince George's fire department serves a population of 75,000 citizens and responds to an average of 5,000 calls each year. During open recruitment, Prince George Fire and Rescue Services accepts applications from exceptionally trained, highly motivated individuals to join its team and to establish an eligibility list to fill future vacancies.
Recruitment is not open at this time. Future recruitment drives will be announced on this page and on the City homepage.
All applicants must meet a minimum set of qualifications for consideration, which include certifications and fitness requirements. Candidates who satisfy the following criteria are encouraged to submit an application.
- Legally entitled to work in Canada.
- Secondary School graduate.
- Certified National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Levels 1 and 2 standard from an approved fire academy.
- Physically fit and able to pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and the Firefighter Medical Examination (NFPA 1582 standard) .
- Have a proven history of satisfactory job performance.
- Proof of valid Class 3 BC driver's license with air brake endorsement or proof of the BC Driver's License Equivalency.
- Driving record demonstrating safe driving behaviour. Candidates with six or more demerit points received (within the last three years) will not be considered.
- No summary convictions for criminal offenses related to the job of firefighter.
- Current Occupational First Aid Level 3 or First Responder Level 3 certificate.
- Demonstrated commitment to a fit and healthy lifestyle.
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Resources
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certificate. Candidates certified from outside BC must provide evidence of commencing the equivalency process with the EMA Licensing Board of British Columbia at the time of application.
- Successful completion of one year of post-secondary education (30 credit minimum), or completion of two years in a recognized apprenticeship program.
- Current technician-level certification in any of the following specialty areas:
- Hazardous Materials
- High Angle Rescue
- Swift Water Rescue
- Ice Rescue
- Confined Space Entry
- Other fire service-related training such as:
- Fire Service Instructor
- Fire and Safety Educator
- Fire Inspector
- Previous firefighting experience (paid or volunteer)
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What to Expect During the Hiring Process
Candidates must be available for testing and interviews in Prince George on specified dates and are responsible for all costs - including travel and testing fees - associated with the competition.
The firefighter recruitment process takes place over seven steps:
- Application packages are reviewed for minimum and preferred qualifications and for application package completeness.
- Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to Prince George to participate in written aptitude and psychometric testing.
- Candidates will be required to travel to the Lower Mainland to complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).
- Candidate’s qualifications and test scores will be used to establish a shortlist. These candidates will be invited to Prince George to participate in an interview.
- The City requires three references for each candidate.
- Candidates will be required to visit an approved physician to complete a Firefighter Medical Examination.
- An Eligibility List will be established to fill anticipated vacancies. The number of candidates placed on the list and the duration of the list are at the City’s discretion. Start dates will vary depending on our staffing needs.
- Candidates placed on the Eligibility List will be required to ensure all certificates and licenses are kept current. If more than twelve months has elapsed since you passed the CPAT or Firefighter Medical Examination, you will be required to complete another examination at your own expense before you are hired.
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Prince George Fire Rescue Service attends to fires, medical emergencies, vehicle crashes, river and wilderness emergencies, and all types of rescue situations. There are four fire halls in the City of Prince George which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A career with the Service provides members with ongoing education in the latest firefighting, fire prevention, medical response, and search and rescue techniques. The Service is also active in the local community through fire and life safety education and fundraising.
Firefighters work an eight-day schedule and average 42 hours a week. The schedule includes two day shifts of 10 hours and two night shifts of 14 hours followed by four days off.
Firefighters serve on teams specialising in:
- Vehicle extraction
- Hazardous materials response
- Swift water and ice rescue
- High angle rope and confined space rescue
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Questions and Answers
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