1. Volunteer Application Process
2. Recruit Selection
3. Recruit Training

Volunteer Application Process

The Fire & Rescue Service is a very diverse and challenging endeavor. However, it is not for everyone.

Paid on call 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 whenever paged to deal with the emergencies in our city. Successful applicants must have: Commitment – Emergencies can happen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Firefighters are expected to respond to emergency callout pages whenever available. Time – POC Firefighters are required to attend Tuesday evening practice sessions weekly, and to attend emergency callouts whenever available. This usually amounts to approximately 7-10 hrs per week. Location – Response time to an emergency is critical. To fulfill our commitment, it is essential that our members live within the City of Pitt Meadows. Good Health – Firefighting is a strenuous job, both mentally and physically. A pre-employment medical check-up is required. Clean Criminal Record – Applicants are required to have an Enhanced RCMP Criminal Record Check completed before recruit training.  Remuneration – POC firefighters receive a generous hourly wage as well as some other benefits from the City, such as a fitness pass, uniform & clothing and 24/7 life & accident insurance.

If you believe that you have the commitment, skills, physical ability and desire, then please complete and submit the application form and Medical Form.

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Recruit Selection

Selection Process

** Note: Individuals who are unsuccessful at any stage in the application process will be notified by mail, with an accompanying general description of reason. Please do not contact the department by phone to inquire as to your status.

Application

Interested applicants must complete the accompanying application form and submit it to either the Firehall. Vacancies occur irregularly and competitions for positions are held on an as-needed basis. Applications will be held on file for a period of one year. Please fill out the application carefully and ensure that all sections are complete.  A deadline for application submission is identified for each recruiting advertisement.  Applicants will be invited to attend an orientation presentation at the Firehall and a spouse and/or family member is encouraged to attend with the applicant.

Please note the following application requirements:

1 – Permanent resident of the City of Pitt Meadows;

2 – Must be at least 19 years of age;

3 – Must be legally entitled to work in Canada;

4 – Completed Grade 12 or G.E.D.;

5 – Normal hearing without aids;

6 – Normal vision with no colour impairment;

7 – Valid BC Driver’s Licence with a safe driving record (driver’s abstract is required prior to hire);

8 – No criminal or summary convictions related to the duties as a firefighter (able to pass an Enhanced RCMP Criminal Record Check);

9 – Good physical and mental health (must undergo and pass a physical fitness test administered by the department and a medical exam by your physician);

10 – Able to regularly attend Tuesday evening practice sessions (7 – 10pm).

Note:  Fire fighters are not permitted to grow facial hair (except a moustache) per WCB regulations

 

Written Test

The next stage in the process is a written aptitude test administered in a large group setting. Factors to be assessed include:

  • recall
  • reading & comprehension
  • judgment and decision making
  • basic mathematics and science
  • tools and equipment
  • mechanical devices and hydraulics
  • interpersonal skills

** Pass Mark is 75%

Physical Test

Applicants successfully completing the written test will progress to the physical test.

All applicants coming to this stage must provide written documentation from their Physician of good physical and mental health, which allows them to perform the duties of a firefighter. This stage will assess the following components directly related to abilities required of firefighting.

  • aerobic fitness and capacity to perform physically demanding exertion over extended periods
  • problem solving
  • arm/grip strength
  • upper body strength
  • coordination and balance
  • endurance
  • ladder climb

 

The physical evaluation involves the completion of the following evolutions as part of a timed simulation:

For the complete text of this component stage, click here

** Pass Time for this component is 6:00 minutes

Second Component

The next component of the physical evaluation involves the completion of a complex problem solving evolution which tests recognition and resolution ability.

** Pass Time for this component is 3:00 minutes

Board Interview

A board of departmental members will interview successful applicants from the physical and/or written test. The board will be made up of representatives from the Membership Committee and the Executive. This interview will take the form of a personal assessment of each applicant based on a pre-determined series of questions covering areas such as employment, experience, related skills, availability, interpersonal skills, team skills and stress management.

** Pass Score is 75%

Fire Chief Interview

All applicants who successfully complete the Board Interview are required to have a final assessment by the Assistant Chief, Training. A Criminal Record Search will be conducted on all applicants successful to this stage. Written consent from the applicant to perform this search, as well as a satisfactory search result, are conditions of hire.

Training and Probation

New appointees will undergo a Recruit basic training program consisting of completion of the Playbook Training Standard – Exterior Firefighter Level plus Live Fire 1 and an Emergency Vehicle Driver safety program. The training will be every Monday evening and alternating Thursdays/Saturdays for approximately 16 weeks. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory.  All course costs are covered. Member pay for the Recruit period will be discussed upon hire.  Once past the recruitment stage, regular member practice is every Tuesday evening at 19:00hrs.

Recruits are on probation for a minimum of twelve (12) months (including the Recruit period). Within the first 12 months probationary members must also complete First Responder licensure, and the requirements to be a driver/operator for Squad 1. All program costs are covered and probationary members are paid for their required attendance.

During the probationary year recruits will be continually evaluated by all members. Recruit members will be advised of their status and progress throughout their probation, as per the PMFRS Recruit Firefighter Probation – Operational Guideline.

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Recruit Training

The Firefighter will be trained to meet the following minimum qualifications:

Be certified to:

  1. Full Service Firefighter
  2. First Responder Level 2, and A.E.D endorsement.
  3. Incident Command System I-100

Other Training

SCBA
The Firefighter shall qualify in the use of self-contained breathing apparatus. The NFPA Firefighter Qualification practical checklist for SCBA will be used for this and the qualification evaluated by a Program Evaluator. Firefighters must successfully don an SCBA while in protective clothing in less than ninety seconds. Firefighters will be SCBA “fit tested” regularly.

Ground Ladders
The Firefighter shall qualify in the use of ground ladders using the NFPA Firefighter Qualification practical checklist for ground ladders. The qualification will be evaluated by a Program Evaluator.

Live Fire Training
Firefighters shall attend a “Live Fire” training session. The NFPA Firefighter Qualification practical checklist for Fire Control will be used. The qualification will be evaluated by a Program Evaluator. This will be done at a fire department training site, acquired structures or at a contracted Training Center.

Gas System Awareness Training
The Firefighter shall attend a “Gas Safety Awareness” training session. A Gas Company representative or an appropriate fire department member using the fire department lesson plan for this subject will present this.

Electrical Safety Awareness Training
The Firefighter shall attend an “Electrical Safety Awareness” training session. An Electrical Company representative or an appropriate fire department member using the fire department lesson plan for this subject will present this.

Traffic Control
The Firefighter shall attend a “Traffic Control Safety” training session. An appropriate fire department member using the fire department lesson plan for this subject will present this.

Vehicle Extrication
The Firefighter shall attend a “Vehicle Extrication” training session.  An appropriate fire department member using the fire department lesson plan for this subject will present this.

Power Tools
The Firefighter shall attend training sessions which cover all department power tools. An appropriate fire department member using the fire department lesson plan for this subject will present this.

Fire Prevention
The Firefighter shall attend training sessions which cover fire prevention techniques and knowledge. An appropriate fire department member using the fire department lesson plan for this subject will present this.

Incident Command
The Firefighter shall attend training sessions which cover “Incident Command” and “Strategy and Tactics”.  An appropriate fire department member using the fire department lesson plan for this subject will present this.

Operational Readiness
The Firefighter will complete the “SCBA Olympics” in less than nine minutes. This event will usually take place on a regular training night. Completion times will be recorded and kept in the firefighters personnel file.

After Probation

At the completion of the probationary stage the recruit member will receive a final evaluation from the Assistant Chief of Training, the Fire Chief and the Membership Committee.  Consideration will be given to review of issues such as performance, attendance, progress, attitude, skill acquisition, and interpersonal behaviours.

If the results of the review are satisfactory the member will be recommended for membership at the next scheduled monthly meeting.

The Next 48 Months 

Over the next 48 months a number of required and enhanced training programs must be completed. All are funded by the department and members are paid for their required attendance.

In the second year new members must complete an Airbrake Endorsement, Live Fire 2, and the requirements to be a driver/operator for Rescue 1. Each member will also complete WorksafeBC compliant lung testing with other members of the department. Completion of the Playbook Training Standard – Interior Level 1 will be required for all suppression recruits within 24 months of hire.

In the third year new members must complete the requirements of the Playbook Training Standard for the Full Service Level; excluding Hazmat Operations. Third year members are expected to complete certified Vehicle Extrication training programs.

In the fourth year new members must complete driver/operator training requirements for Engine 1-2. They must also complete fire safety education training programs at the discretion of the department and begin to deliver programs to the public.

Driver/Operator training requirements for Engine 1-1 and Quint 1 must be completed by the end of a members 5th year of service.

On-going and continuous attendance at additional training sessions, calls and/or public education sessions throughout their entire career with the PMFRS is critical to the personal growth and development as a valued member of the department.

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