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.

Career Firefighter Recruitment

We are looking for 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 firefighting 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

Paid On Call (Volunteer) Firefighter Opportunities

For more detailed information regarding the Paid on Call firefighter program, please see the Paid on call (volunteer) page.