Website New Westminster Fire Rescue

New Westminster, British Columbia

Number of Openings:  15
Hours per Week:  Other:
Employee Group:  Fire, IAFF
Location:  Glenbrook Fire Hall #1: 1 Sixth Ave East
Competition #:  427
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New Westminster Fire & Rescue Services


Located at the centre of Metro Vancouver, the City of New Westminster delivers a broad spectrum of urban services to over 82,590 residents. We’ve earned a proud reputation for civic leadership, service delivery and outstanding employee relations.  The City of New Westminster is recognized throughout North America as a customer-focused, flexible, innovative and diverse organization that works to improve the quality of life of city residents.
New Westminster Fire & Rescue Services is one of the oldest fire departments in British Columbia.  We are dedicated to being on the forefront of technology, fire suppression methods, medical care as well as dangerous goods response and technical rescue.  Our emphasis on diversity, honour, respect and teamwork helps us achieve our goals.  By joining New Westminster Fire & Rescue Services, you will be dedicated to providing fire protection to life and property as well as providing other rescue and safety services. 

We’re recruiting for highly motivated and adaptable individuals who are interested in pursuing a challenging, exciting and rewarding career as a Firefighter to join our team. In addition to current vacancies we are looking to hire up to 15 candidates, however, we will also supplement our eligibility list for future vacancies that arise within one year.
If you meet the qualifications and requirements for this position, and value teamwork and working with the community then we welcome you to submit your interest.

Your application needs to include a cover letter, resume, completed check list (the check list is attached to this posting below), and copies of all relevant certifications/educational credentials, in one document.

For more information on the NWFRS recruitment process and instructions on how to apply, please visit

Applications must be received by March 1, 2024.  Due to the high volume of applications we receive, LATE applications will not be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected to proceed through the process will be contacted.


New Westminster Fire & Rescue Services is committed to
“pride, professionalism and protecting the community we have been entrusted to serve.”


Your application comprises of this checklist, your cover letter, your resume and copies of all relevant certifications and educational credentials.


All applicants MUST submit the documents identified in items 1-3 in the list of “Minimum Required Qualifications” to support their application.  Failure to provide the documents listed in this category will disqualify you from the competition.  Failure to provide the documents in the order defined below may disqualify you from the competition.


To support your application, please check mark all of the educational qualifications and certifications that you currently possess.


Please ensure that all these documents are provided with your cover letter and resume in one single PDF.


Minimum Required Qualifications (you MUST attach proof for items 1-3):


Minimum Required Qualifications Require-

ment Met



1. High School Graduation or equivalent (i.e. GED).


2. Valid Class 3 Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement or equivalent for vehicles with more than two axles (automatic transmission is accepted). Current copy of driver’s license. (*See below for more information*)    
3. Current driver’s abstract dated no more than 30 days prior to the application closing date.    
4. At least 20/30 corrected binocular vision or at least 20/100 uncorrected binocular vision and satisfactory colour and peripheral vision.    
5. Normal hearing without artificial aids.


6. No criminal convictions related to the position of firefighter.

A Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check will be required through the recruitment process.

7. Candidates must reside within a twenty-four (24) kilometer radius of New Westminster city limits.    
8. Minimum two years of accumulated work experience after high school (equivalent of full-time hours).    
9. Fluent in English (oral and written).




* The NWFRS recognizes possible delays may exist in obtaining the complete Class 3 driver’s license with air brake endorsement.  We understand that the delays exist with the Motor Vehicle Branch. In the interim, and only to support your initial application, we will accept that a testing date has been booked and this requirement will be a condition of employment.





Preferred Qualifications (if you are qualified, please attach proof for items 10-17):


Preferred Qualifications Require-

ment Met



10. Successful completion of an approved Firefighter Training Program, NFPA 1001 Levels I & II or approved equivalent.    
11. Post-secondary education and/or completion of Level 1 Trades Apprenticeship.  Military training and qualifications may be recognized as post-secondary credits on a case-by-case basis.    
12. Valid BC Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board License in one of the following: First Responder Level III with AED and Spinal Endorsements OR Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) OR Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) OR Advance Care Paramedic (ACP) OR other medical qualifications.    
13. Additional Fire Service related courses and fire related work experience (i.e. building construction, mechanical, heavy equipment operations, etc.).    
14. Ability to swim and related life-saving certificates.


15. Fluency in a second language (oral and/or written).


16. Computer literacy (i.e. proficiency in Microsoft Office and/or other common software applications).    
17. Community involvement and volunteer experience.






  • I acknowledge that I understand the physical and psychological fit requirements for the position of firefighter and the need to meet or exceed the medical standards set in NFPA 1582.
  • I acknowledge that I must reside within a twenty-four (24) kilometer radius of New Westminster city limits.
  • By signing this document, I confirm that the information that I have provided is true and accurate.  I understand that any false claims made by me, and if short listed for consideration, may disqualify me from this competition.








To support a workforce that reflects the diversity of our community; women, Indigenous Peoples, racialized individuals, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversity of our workforce, are encouraged to express their interest.

New Westminster is on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Halq’eméylem-speaking peoples. It is acknowledged by the City that colonialism has made invisible their histories and connections to the land.
We are learning and building relationships with the people whose lands we are on.

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
This position is only open to those legally entitled to work in Canada.

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