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Firefighter Recruit Employment Process

 

  1. Application Submission
  2. Information Session at Fire Station No. 1 – all applicants
  3. Written Examination – all applicants
  4. Physical Ability Test – successful applicants
  5. Submission of police information check, driver’s abstract, and medical examination – successful applicants
  6. Interviews – successful applicants
  7. Recruit Training Program orientation – successful applicants
  8. Class Graduation
  9. Probation

Required Qualifications

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Class 5 BC Driver’s License
  • A driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behavior.  More than six points in the last three years will be considered excessive
  • Physically fit for position of firefighter
  • Have no criminal record
  • Live within the District of Mission and within the Fire Station’s first response area to which you apply

Information Session

There will be an information session for applicants to outline the program requirements, volunteer commitment, and training/certifications achieved throughout the program.  The information session will take place at Fire Station No. 1.

Written Examination

Applicants will undergo a four hour video based evaluation that focuses heavily on teamwork and human relations skills – aspects of the job that are critical –   along with mechanical aptitude, math, and reading ability.

Physical Ability Test

The physical ability test will be conducted at Mission Fire/Rescue Service Fire Station No. 1.  The duration of the test is approximately two hours in length.  It is recommended that you bring some form of nourishment and plenty of fluids for consumption prior to, during, and after the assessment.  Please bring appropriate gym strip and footwear for varying weather conditions.  The fitness assessment is comprised of the following components in the order given, and must be completed within 13 minutes.

#1 Stair Climb

Climb the hose tower stair case (up and down) three times at speed.

  • approximately one step per second
  • should go up and down in one minute per set, three repeats – total three minutes
  • The evaluator walks along showing the touch points the first time only

The candidate must step on each stair tread going up with ball of foot and coming down with heel of foot. Candidates are permitted to use the railings for stability and safety.

Failure if the candidate touches the walls, falls or fails to complete.  If candidate is going up or down stairs too slow, fast or unsafely, first time a warning, second time failure.

Candidates walk along the path to the next station. Evaluator leads.

#2 Hose Drag

Drag 200 feet of 1 ¾ inch hose with nozzle.  Candidate can use the first 8 ft. of hose to loop across chest to pull with.  The candidate drags the hose and nozzle 75 ft. to the drum, turns 90 degrees, stays between the cones and continues 25 feet to the box.  Candidate stops and drops to at least one knee, and staying within the outlined box, pulls hose 50 ft. to themselves.  Flake hose between the lines with nozzle to the outside.

NOTE:  Mark hose 50 ft. from 8 ft. mark.

Failure if the candidate cannot complete.   If candidate comes off one knee or a knee leaves the outlined box, first time a warning, second time failure.

Candidates walk along the path to the next station.  Evaluator leads.

#3 Equipment Lift

Candidates remove two saws from the upper equipment bins, one at a time, placing each on the ground. Candidates pick up both saws and carry them 35 ft. out, around the drum, back to the apparatus and replace them in the bin one at a time.

Failure if the equipment is dropped or cannot complete.

Candidates walk along the path to the next station.  Evaluator leads.

#4 Ladder Raise and Extension

Candidates walk to the unhinged end of the extension ladder and raise it to the vertical position by lifting the ladder and working up (touching) every rung.

NOTE: Evaluator engages ladder locks when the raised ladder is in the cradle.

Candidate raises the fly, extending the ladder to maximum length then lowers the fly and leaves the ladder in the vertical position.

Failure if the candidate:

  •  does not touch every rung when raising the ladder
  •  the ladder falls while being raised
  • loses control of the halyard slips causing the fly to fall

Candidates walk along the path to the next station. Evaluator leads.

#5 Forcible Entry

Candidate uses the dead-blow hammer to drive the weight to the end of the slide.   They must remain on the slide foot treads while using the hammer.

Failure if the candidate:

  • fails to drive the pipe the required distance
  •  loses of control of or drops the hammer

If the candidate steps off the blocks, first time warning, second time  failure.

Candidates walk along the path to the next station. Evaluator leads.

#6 Search Maze

The candidate will wear head protection and crawl through the maze following the hose.  The maze will be about 60 ft. long with situations where the candidate must navigate around, over, or under obstacles.

Failure if the candidate:

  • removes their mask
  • becomes disoriented and “lost” so cannot complete the maze
  • requests to be taken out

Candidates walk along the path to the next station. Evaluator leads.

#7 Rescue

The candidate grasps the rescue mannequin harness and drags mannequin to the drum, makes a 180 degree turn around the drum and returns to the start.  The candidate may grab the harness to drag the mannequin.  The candidate shall not touch or rest on the drum.  The mannequin may be put down to adjust the grip.  The mannequin must be dragged completely across the finish line.

Failure if the candidate fails to drag the mannequin the complete course.

NOTE: The mannequin must be re-oriented so it is ready for the next candidate.

Candidates walk along the path to the next station. Evaluator leads.

#8 Ceiling Breach and Pull

The candidate removes the pike pole from the bracket and walks to the apparatus.  They must stand within the outlined boundary.  The candidate fully pushes up on the apparatus three times with the pike pole.  The candidate then pulls down on the other end of the apparatus five times.  Each set consists of three pushes and five pulls.  Each candidate will do three repeat sets.  The candidate may adjust their grip on the pike pole.  The evaluator MUST count OUT LOUD and say MISS if the candidate did not successfully complete the activity.

Warning if the pike pole is dropped the candidate must pick it up unassisted.   

If the candidate does not complete a set the evaluator will call “miss” and the candidate must complete or repeat the set.  The event ends when the candidate completes the last stroke of the final set and the evaluator calls “complete.”

Failure if the candidate

  • fails to do the required number of sets
  • Steps out of the box – first time a warning – second time failure
  • Drops the pike pole – first time a warning – second time failure

Candidates walk to the finish. Evaluator leads.

Interviews

Short listed candidates will be invited for an interview with the Assistant Chief, District Chief and Fire Captain.  Interviews will be approximately 45 minutes long and will focus on how candidates react under pressure, evaluate how individuals interact with people with different personalities, evaluate communication skills, assess the “fit” with the group, and predict future performance based on past experiences.

Orientation

Orientation will take place two weeks prior to class start date.  Here recruits will receive their homework, manuals, text books, and fitting for firefighter protective clothing.  Recruits will also have the opportunity to meet the Fire Chief and Field Trainers.  Orientation will cover all facets of the Mission Fire/Rescue Service so the recruits have a solid understanding of our expectations and how the Mission Fire/Rescue Service operates.

Class Graduation

Mission Fire/Rescue Service recognizes our recruits with a graduation ceremony.  Recruits are encouraged to invite family to participate in the ceremony.  At graduation the Fire Chief will assign recruits to a fire company at their home station to report to for emergencies and training.

Probation

During the one year probationary period, Paid on Call Firefighters must obtain:

First Responders Level III
CPR
NFPA 1001 Firefighter level 1
ICS 100

  1. Probationary Paid on Call Firefighters will be enrolled in the JIBC, NFPA 1001 Firefighter Certification Program and will be expected to commence the program immediately.
  2. Probationary firefighters must attend 70% of practices.  Absences from three practices in a row may be grounds for dismissal.
  3. During the probationary period, firefighters will be assessed every three months by the Officers of the Station who will inform the Chief Training Officer of progress.