Firefighter Requirements

The Recruiting Process

The City of Coquitlam does not accept formal applications for Career or Auxiliary Firefighter positions outside an active recruitment. Formal firefighter application forms are available to be downloaded or picked up in person from our Human Resources counter when recruitment begins. Firefighter recruitment timelines are noted below.

Auxiliary Firefighter Recruitment:  Currently there are no reruitment timelines to provide. 

Career Firefighter Recruitment:   The 2014 recruitment has been completed - recruits commence training May 2014

  • Advertisements for firefighter vacancies are posted on the City’s Career Opportunities page, CivicInfo, ethnic newspapers and websites as well as local newspapers.
  • Candidates are encouraged to carefully consider their qualifications against the  required qualifications prior to completing and submitting the application form.

Recruitment process:

  • Includes a written application form, short listing of applicants, physical  assessment and aptitude testing, a panel interview and references.
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo a medical assessment by our  physician.
  • Appointments are conditional upon a satisfactory criminal record search.
  • At the end of the process, successful applicants are hired.
  • Depending on the needs of the Fire/Rescue Department, an eligibility list may be  created for a limited period of time.
  • Please note candidates may be eliminated from consideration at several stages in  the recruiting / testing process.

Full Time Career Firefighting Job Requirements

Candidates should be aware that changes to the City’s required and preferred qualifications may be modified due to changes in the industry so it is important to check the qualifications before applying.

Required Qualifications:

  • Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant with legal entitlement to work in Canada
  • Valid first aid certifications (WCB Occupational First Aid Level-1 or First Responders – Level 1 or candidate to provide equivalency documentation)
  • Physically fit for the position of Firefighter
  • Short listed candidates will be required to undergo a physical assessment and aptitude testing during the recruitment process, as well as a medical examination with our physician at the end of the recruitment process at the City of Coquitlam’s expense
  • Ability to swim (Candidates will be required to participant in a swim test)
  • Vision: Any eye condition/vision problem which results in a candidate not being able to safely perform one or more essential job tasks for the position of a Firefighter inclusive of driving fire apparatus under emergency conditions. Medical testing may be used to determine a candidate’s suitability
  • Normal unaided hearing
  • High School Graduation (Proof of certificate or GED must be provided)
  • Successful completion of an Approved Fire Fighter training program resulting in the completion of a NFPA 1001 Level 1 and 2 Certification.  (Proof of transcript and certification must be submitted with application displaying Pro Board or IFSAC accreditation.) PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT HUMAN RESOURCES TO INQUIRE WHAT COURSES ARE CONSIDERED PART OF THE NFPA 1001 Level 1 & 2 certification and which courses are “other" fire science courses. You will need to contact the issuing agency to obtain this information
  • Valid BC Driver’s License, Class 3 with Air endorsement or candidate to provide  equivalency documentation
  • A driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behaviour
  • A  current Driver’s Abstract from the Motor Vehicle Branch must be submitted with  your application
  • More than 6 points in the last 3 years from the date of application is  considered excessive and does not meet requirements
  • Candidates with more than 6 points in the last 5 years, but not in the last  3 years, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  • Candidates that have more than one suspension will be reviewed on a  case-by-case basis
  • No conviction for a criminal offence related to the job of firefighter (a criminal  record search will only be requested of short listed candidates when the interview has concluded)
  • Must be willing to reside in one of the following cities upon being hired:

Coquitlam | Port Coquitlam | Port Moody | Burnaby | New Westminster | Vancouver
Maple Ridge | Pitt Meadows | Surrey | North Vancouver - City | North Vancouver - District
Delta | Richmond | Langley - City | Langley - Township

Within permissible boundaries:

West Vancouver | White Rock | Abbotsford | Mission | Chilliwack

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of one year or minimum of 30 credits from a recognized post secondary education (academic/technical/trades courses) relevant to the operations of fire services over and above NFPA Firefighter 1 and 2. (Proof of transcripts must be submitted with copy of certificate/diploma/degree to qualify for equivalency Successful completion of a recognized post-secondary education program  (academic, technical, or trades training, TQ) relevant to the operations of fire  services.  You will be required to supply a transcript with application to qualify for  equivalency
  • Additional Fire Service related courses not included in NFPA 1001 Level 1 and 2  such as OFA III or First Responder III, etc.  Proof of certificate must be submitted with application
  • Valid B.C. Emergency Medical Assistance, First Responder License level 3 with  Spinal Immobilization and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). Proof of certificate must be submitted with application
  • Accumulated work experience related to the needs of the Fire Service such as auxiliary firefighting, forestry firefighting, and/or, paramedic experience

Auxiliary Firefighting Job Requirements

Our Fire and Rescue Services Department includes a group of paid, auxiliary firefighters whose duties are to supplement the services provided by the full time career firefighters.  Coquitlam Fire/Rescue does not utilize volunteer firefighters.  Auxiliary firefighters are not responsible for the full range of duties of the career firefighters so the requirements and recruitment for auxiliary firefighters differ from those of the full time career firefighters.

Candidates should be aware that changes to the City’s required and preferred qualifications may be modified due to changes in the industry so it is important to check the qualifications before applying

Required Qualifications:

  • High School graduation
  • Canadian citizenship status or landed immigrant status
  • Valid first aid certifications (WCB Occupational First Aid Level-1 or First Responders – Level 1 or equivalent)
  • Driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behaviour
  • No conviction for a criminal offence related to the job duties of a firefighter
  • Close living proximity to our fire stations (not more than 10 minutes driving distance from a fire station)
  • Must be available for weekly fire practices (Thursday evenings and the occasional Saturday or Sunday)
  • Class 5 drivers license with air brake endorsement

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ability to leave work to attend a fire/rescue related emergency during the day, weekends and/or evenings on an as needed basis
  • Related fire education courses
  • Class 3 drivers license with air brake endorsement

Contact Us

In order to ensure that your application is received legibly and in its entirety, we suggest you courier it to our office or drop it off in person:

City of Coquitlam
Human Resources Division, 2nd floor
3000 Guildford Way
Coquitlam, B.C.   V3B 7N2

Alternatively, though not recommended for applications with numerous pages:

Email: careers@coquitlam.ca
Fax: 604-927-3075

General inquiries by email: hradmin@coquitlam.ca
Phone: 604-927-3070

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Firefighters does the City of Coquitlam hire yearly?

The number of Firefighters hired varies yearly and is based upon retirements and new positions approved through the yearly budgeting process. There are no guarantees that a recruitment process for Firefighters will be done yearly.

How do I apply to be a Firefighter?

During an open competition, applications may be obtained by visiting the City of Coquitlam’s Career Opportunities page or by picking up an application form in person from the City of Coquitlam’s Human Resources office located at 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7N2.

What are the qualifications needed to be a Firefighter?

The “required and preferred qualifications” for a Firefighter, can be found above.

What is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)?

The NFPA serves as the world’s leading advocate of fire prevention, establishing codes and standards for Firefighters and fire safety.

What is the NFPA 1001 level 1 and 2?

The NFPA 1001 is the nationally recognized standard for the training of professional Firefighters. It identifies professional levels of competency required of fire department members, especially the requirements for entrance into the fire service.

What is IFSAC accreditation?

As the governing body in North America, the International Fire Service Accreditation College (IFSAC) ensures that standards set by the NFPA are maintained by fire training academies that administer their programs.

Does the City of Coquitlam Fire/Rescue prefer that a candidate receive their NFPA level 1 and 2 training from a particular fire academy?

We do not favour one academy over another. All candidates must ensure that the academy they attend is IFSAC and/or ProBoard accredited.

If I have only partially completed, or just registered for any of my licenses  or certifications, can I still apply?

No. You must have completed all of the required qualifications to be eligible to apply for a position.

Are there any courses that the City of Coquitlam recommends that will help me strengthen my résumé?

We do not recommend any particular courses. However, we do recommend that each candidate reviews the Firefighter requirements described above.

Can a Firefighter who is employed in another municipality interchange or transfer their position to the City of Coquitlam?

All applicants, regardless of previous training or experience, must apply to the City of Coquitlam as an entry-level Firefighter. There are no transfers between municipalities. If successful, all new Firefighter employees begin a 12 month probationary period.

Does the City of Coquitlam Fire/Rescue recruit other positions other than Firefighter personnel?

Yes, all support positions are filled through the City of Coquitlam’s Human Resources Office. Please visit the City Coquitlam’s Career Opportunities page for regularly for newly posted vacancies.

Can interested persons ride along with fire personnel to learn more about the Firefighter position?

Presently, the City of Coquitlam Fire/Rescue does not offer ride alongs to non-fire personnel.

Where can I obtain the NFPA 1001 certification?

There are a number of academies located across North America that are certified to deliver the NFPA 1001 program. Candidates should ensure that the academy they select is International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or ProBoard accredited. Make sure to ask the academy or check the IFSAC and ProBoard websites at www.ifsac.org and www.ProBoard.org.