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Hiring Process: Surrey Fire Service

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We understand that the career hiring process can be a stressful time for applicants. In order to help you, we have compiled a list of questions and answers.

When is the next hiring?

Please check the 2017/2018 Hiring Page for complete details about the hiring process.

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

Yes, you can apply if you live outside of Surrey. However, be advised that 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, you do not need to upload all of your certifications when filling out the online application. 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 class 3 Driver's License has restrictions on it. Can I still apply?

A Class 3 BC Driver's license with automatic restriction 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.

How long is the process?

Although it may vary in length from year to year, you may expect the process to last at least 6 months.

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). We do not accept applicants without a valid license. 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 hiring process this year. Can I reapply for the next hiring?

Typically, if you failed any stage of the hiring process, you will not be considered for the next hiring. For example: if you failed the Stefan Fraser testing in the 2017 hiring process, you will not be considered for the 2018 hiring. However, the 2018 hiring process will be running two separate groups, so applicants who participated in 2017 are eligible to reapply.

What are the various stages of the process?

The process looks like this:

  • Posting - applicants submit resume online through Surrey careers.
  • Psychometric Testing - written test administered by Stefan Fraser & Associates.
  • Physical Test - physical abilities test administered by the Surrey Fire Service.
  • Driver Abstracts
  • Ride Along - 2 sessions of 2 days each, during which you will report to a fire hall and work alongside the career firefighters.
  • Interviews - you will sit for a panel interview that will assess your suitability for the career.
  • Reference Contact - all of your listed references will be contacted and verified. Police Information Checks.
  • Conditional Job Offer and Medical Screening and First Responder Suitability Assessments.

I am not sure I understand the medical or vision standard. Can you explain the requirements?

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 (otherwise referred to as NFPA 1582, 2013 version) and the vision  requirements for a Commercial Vehicle Operator as stipulated by ICBC and the 2010 BC Guide in Determining Fitness to Drive.

If you have passed your Class 3 Driver's License you should have been examined to ensure you meet the Commercial Vehicle Operator vision standards.

An Ophthalmologist or Medical Doctor will have to ensure you meet the NFPA 1582 standard for firefighter vision.

The basic visual acuity standard is no worse than 20/100 vision uncorrected and minimum 20/30 vision corrected. You also must pass minimum colour and peripheral vision tests and be free of medical conditions that will make it unsafe for you to be a firefighter regardless of your visual acuity.

Review the NFPA 1582 standard for reference.

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