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.

Firefighter Recruitment 2018

We are currently recruiting for candidates to fill firefighter positions from an eligibility list.

The City of Kelowna and The Kelowna Fire Department are committed to encouraging qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for firefighter vacancies in order to fully represent our community. 

Recruitment and hiring of firefighters is handled through an Eligibility List selected after a rigorous recruitment process.  These candidates are placed in positions that become available as vacancies occur within the Kelowna Fire Department. 

There are a number of phases to the recruitment process, starting with submission of an Online Application through the City of Kelowna Careers e-recruit system.  Applications must be received by July 15, 2018 at 4pm PST in order to be considered for our upcoming hiring process.  For complete information on the application process, please see the attached links:

Firefighter Recruitment Process

Fire Fighter Information Package


Resume Structure

Please check back on this website between July 2018 to December 2018 to obtain updates as we progress through the recruitment campaign. 

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
  • Physically able to perform the duties and swim
  • Current First-aid certificate that requires you to attend for seven (7) hours of instruction
  • IFSAC or Pro Board Accredited NFPA 1001 - Fire Fighting Practices Level I and II Program
  • 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    
  • Previous firefighting experience, community involvement and a second language would be considered an asset.

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.