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Firefighter Recruitment

The Kelowna Fire Department provides effective fire protection and public safety services to all areas of the city. This includes fire prevention, fire safety inspections, fire control and/or suppression. Recruitment and hiring of career firefighters is handled through an Eligibility List selected after a rigorous recruitment process. These candidates are placed in positions that become available for a specific period.

We value a diverse workforce, representative of the community we serve. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, the City seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all staff, and members of the community and ensure an inclusive, accessible work environment where everyone can succeed. Only those applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada will be considered for employment.

Congratulations to the following 30 candidates who are now on the Kelowna Fire Department Eligibility List. 

6984  6797  8364  8655  8860 
6493 6858 8550 8683 8862
6533 7136 8576 8694 8863
6534 7505 8624 8707 8880
6598 7808 8635 8727 8900
6707 8095 8636 8761 8909

We would like to thank all the applicants for their interest and time in going through this process.



Your Human Resources Team


Career Firefighting Recruitment

Firefighter Qualifications

The City of Kelowna seeks responsible and accountable team-players who will perform firefighting work involving combating, extinguishing and prevention of fires including search and rescue and administering first aid.

Minimal qualifications at time of application are:

  • Valid BC Class 3 Driver's License with Air brake endorsement (or equivalent from another province)
  • 18 years of age or over
  • Able to swim and physically be able to perform the work
  • Current First-aid certificate with at least seven (7) hours of instruction
  • IFSAC or Pro Board Accredited NFPA 1001 - Fire Fighting Practices Level I and II Program including NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • No criminal record
  • Medical testing requirements (including vision and hearing) are based upon the NFPA 1582 standard with a restriction placed upon candidates with Category A medical conditions as defined in appendix G, NFPA 1582, Chapter 6, article 6.2.2

Preferred qualifications/skills are:

  • Job related certification:
  • NFPA 1002 Standard for Apparatus Driver/ Operator Professional
  • NFPA 1006 Vehicle, Rope, Surface Water, Confined Space, Ice Rescue
  • NFPA Fire Inspector level 1
  • NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator level 1
  • Fire Service Instructor 1
  • Pleasure Craft Operator’s License
  • Fire Systems Technical training
  • First Medical Responder 3 or Emergency Medical Responder
  • Experience in the Mechanical/Construction trades
  • Medical Emergency Response experience
  • Operation of heavy equipment is an asset
  • Volunteer and/or career fire-fighting experience
  • Post-secondary education
  • Courageous, forthright and works well under pressure
  • Strong team player
  • Comfortable being in confined spaces and heights
  • Work despite physical discomfort in dangerous and unpleasant situations
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Can take calculated risks to help others in need
  • Fire prevention and public education experience

  • Firefighter Recruitment Package 2016
  • FAQ 2016 

Volunteer (Paid On Call) Firefighter Opportunities

For more detailed information regarding the employment of Volunteer (Paid on Call) firefighters, please reference the attached page link.

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