We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and practice the highest standards of diversity and inclusion in our 20 fire halls, a training academy and two fire protection offices in Vancouver. Learn more about how we become firefighters, including our qualifications, our hiring processes and the conditions of employment. The annual salary of firefighters from 2019 is $69,204 (6 months) and increases to 98,868 $US (early 4th year) and remains $104,796 (early Grade 15). Find opportunities for high school students and learn that working as a firefighter involves more than fighting fires. Vancouver firefighters work an eight-day schedule with an average of 42 hours per week. The schedule includes two 10-hour day shifts and two 14-hour night shifts, followed by four days off. Check our necessary and privileged qualifications to apply as a firefighter. West Vancouver Fire – Rescue does much more than put out fires. We work to prevent or minimize the impact of emergencies: a career at Vancouver Fire Rescue Services goes above fire suppression. We provide our members with ongoing training on the latest developments in firefighting, fire protection, medical care and search and rescue techniques. We are active in the community through health clinics, fire safety education and our specialized emergency training centre.
We are serious about safety and our record proves it. There have been no firefighters since 1979. We have played a leading role in the city`s proximity strategy and have contributed to a series of initiatives to reduce Vancouver`s fire risk compared to other North American cities. As a result, the number of major fires in Vancouver has decreased and the annual number of fires is unmatched, although our population has increased. Every fire room in Vancouver is equipped with a thermal imaging camera that helps us locate hard-to-find overheated electrical appliances, people who have collapsed at life-saving notes, and hotspots in smoke-filled environments. We proactively update and insert statuses to improve fire safety, for example: Learn more about the Ride Along program, with which we select the best firefighters. Firefighters get standard City of Vancouver extensive medical and dental benefits. Standard contributions to Canada`s employment insurance and pension plan are also added. September 2020: Due to COVID-19, we suspend all Outreach activities until further notice. Our members are also engaged in teams that work on: Many Employees of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services have a long career spanning several decades. Vancouver has developed a $52 million dedicated fire protection system that rehabilitates our salt water supply to provide a critical secondary water source in the event of a major disaster destroying our conventional water supply.
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