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Career Firefighters

Four members of the Surrey Fire Service posing for a picture.

Responsibilities of a Firefighter

Firefighting has evolved a great deal in the last 20 years. The number of medical assistance calls that departments like the Surrey Fire Service attend have dramatically increased, and structure fires have been in steady decline because of the fire department's public education and promotion of extinguishers and smoke detectors.

Today’s firefighters focus on safety, customer service, and public education.

Benefits of becoming a Firefighter

Becoming a firefighter takes time and effort, but when you succeed, you will have found the career of a lifetime.

  • High Pay And Benefits: We offer excellent pay and benefits. You can review the pay and benefits in our current Collective Agreement.
  • Flexible Work Hours: The hours of work are a 4-on, 4-off schedule consisting of 2, 10-hour day shifts and 2, 14-hour night shifts. Crews cook and eat 1 meal together each shift and maintain their physical fitness in the hall fitness centers.
  • Charitable Contributions: Outside of working hours, firefighters take part in many charitable functions organized by their union, Local 1271 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
  • Diverse Community: Firefighters represent the diverse nature of the community we serve. We're looking for firefighters who are mature, well-educated, and team oriented. We encourage women and minorities to bring their own unique strengths and experiences to the service.

Career Firefighter Positions

The 2017/2018 hiring process is now complete. Check back soon for details regarding the 2018/2019 hiring process.

Read the Firefighter Application Manual to prepare to submit a future application, and review our hiring process timeline below for an idea of what's involved:

2017/2018 Surrey Fire Service Career Hiring Process

The 2017/2018 Career Firefighter Hiring Process ran from August 2017 and conclued in April 2018. During the hiring process we accepted electronic applications from qualified applicants. Applications were accepted from August 28 to September 11, 2017.

Review the list of key steps of the hiring process:

  • Psychometric screening to take place on September 25 – 29 and October 16 - 20, 2017
  • Physical Fitness Testing to take place October 21, 22, 28, 29 and November 18, 19, 25, 16
  • Skills Refresher Course and Driver Abstracts  November 4, 5 and December 2, 3
  • Ride-Alongs will take place between November 10 - December 9 and January 9 - February 7
  • Interviews will take place between November 27 – December 15, January 2 – 19, January 22 – March 2
  • References/Police Information Check to take place February and March 2018
  • Conditional offers of employment and Medical assessment/First responder suitability assessment to be completed in February/March 2018
  • Offers of employment completed in April 2018
  • Employment commences May 5, 2018

All of the dates provided are subject to change. Only candidates who are successful in each stage of the process will advance through the entire process.

Additional Information on Becoming a Firefighter

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

Yes, you can apply if you live outside of Surrey. However, 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, 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 driver's license has restrictions on it. Can I still apply?

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

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). 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 medical and vision standards I must meet?

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 (NFPA 1582 standard).

The vision requirements for a Commercial Vehicle Operator as stipulated by ICBC and the 2010 BC Guide in Determining Fitness to Drive.

Learn what's required during the Career Firefighter Physical Test.

Fire Radio Operator Positions

There are no Radio Operator openings at this time. Please check the City of Surrey careers section for current opportunities.

The Surrey Fire Service maintains one of the largest Fire Dispatch Centers in British Columbia, servicing 34 communities and initiating a projected 60,000 incidents annually. Radio Operators are responsible for receiving and transmitting all fire related emergency, rescue and medical communications as well as after-hours public works for the City and its clients.

Learn more about Part-Time Radio Dispatcher positions. The testing for a Dispatch position is extremely rigorous. See an example of the testing.

For more information on the hiring process for career firefighters, contact the Surrey Fire Service.