Paid On-Call Firefighter Recruitment

The City of Chilliwack recruits Paid On-Call (POC) firefighters annually for the POC Recruit Training Program. POC firefighter applications are currently being accepted, until August 27, 2021, for the Fall 2021 POC Recruit Training Program, at the following halls: 

  • Hall #1 Main (#2 - 45950 Cheam Avenue)
  • Hall #2 Rosedale (51235 Yale Road)
  • Hall #3 Yarrow (42385 Yarrow Central Road)
  • Hall #4 Sardis (45433 South Sumas Road)
  • Hall #5 Ryder Lake (49285 Elkview Road)
  • Hall #6 Greendale (6485 Sumas Prairie Road)

Note: New applicants from the Promontory area that apply for Hall 5 and are accepted at Hall 5 will be required to provide two years continuous service at Hall 5 prior to being considered as a candidate for Hall 4.

If you are a motivated individual and physically fit, you may have a future as a POC firefighter.















All fire halls are staffed by POC Firefighters

Who are Paid On-Call Firefighters?

POC firefighters are your neighbours, your co-workers and your friends.  They are men and women in all walks of life that live close to you and respond 24/7 when paged to deal with the emergencies in our community.  They are people of all ages, races and backgrounds.  They are people who choose to give  to our community.

POC firefighters are paid an hourly wage when called to respond to emergencies and to attend weekly Monday night practice sessions.

Minimum Membership Requirements:
These requirements are mandatory for selection.

-  19 years of age or older

-  High school graduate or GED certificate

-  Reside in the City of Chilliwack

-  Current and valid BC Driver's License (Class 5 or better)

-  Safe driving record as demonstrated by a Drivers Abstract.  More than six points in the past three years, as of the date of the application, may eliminate an applicant from consideration

-  No criminal record. A completed RCMP Criminal Record Check will be required for those that successfully pass the interview process

-  Physically and medically fit (a medical examination is required prior to fitness testing as supplied by the fire department)

-  Normal vision and hearing. Regular glasses cannot be worn under a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA mask)

-  No phobias of heights or confined spaces

-  Available to attend Monday night practices (7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.)

-  Ability to respond to calls all year

-  Ability to communicate effectively in English

- Ability to use computer programs such as Mircrosoft Word, Excel, and E-Learning platforms

-  No beard once accepted (prohibited for safety reasons)

-  Legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizen or landed immigrant)

Preferred Qualifications:
These requirements would be a benefit to your selection but are not mandatory.

-  Employed and work in Chilliwack

-  Daytime response ability

-  Previous firefighter experience

-  Class 1 or 3 Driver's License

-  Air Brake endorsement

-  Current First Aid and/or CPR certification

-  Trades certification (e.g., electrical, plumbing, mechanical, construction)

-  Post-secondary education

-  Volunteer experience with other organizations

-  Reside close to your Fire Hall

Hiring Process Timeline (subject to change, all start times TBA)

August 27, 2021                     Closing of applications
September 7 – 9, 2021         Interviews of selected applicants
September 10 – 28, 2021    Selected applicants to complete Medical examination
September 29, 2021             Physical testing of selected applicants
September 30, 2021             Selection of successful applicants
October 13, 2021                   Recruit Camp begins
March 16, 2022                      Recruit Camp completes

The Program will run every Wednesday evening, all day Saturdays, with occasional Sundays.  The First Responder component will run October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 2021.

Medical Examination
A Chilliwack Fire Department medical examination is to be completed at no cost to the candidate. This will be only for those that have successfully passed the interview process and must be completed prior to the physical testing. Applicants will be required to make an appointment with their physician. Further details will be provided after the interview to only candidates being considered for positions with the Fire Department.

If interested, please print and complete the application form (found on the link below), attach necessary documentation and submit you completed application package to Hall 1, #2-45950 Cheam Avenue, by August 27, 2021. Only applicants selected for the interview process will be notified.

Applicants that do not submit all of the information may be disqualified from the process.

For more information, please call Lieutenant Greg Zutter, Training Officer, at 604.792.8713 or email

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