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.

The Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Service provides professional service from a membership of highly trained and motivated volunteers. The commitment is extensive and so can be the rewards.

If you believe that you have the commitment, skills, physical ability and desire, then please review the PMFRS Information Package, then complete the application form, and the 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 – Must be a resident of Pitt Meadows (preferable) or reside in the area at or west of 203rd St. in Maple Ridge.  Individuals who reside either east of 203rd, in another municipality that is not listed here, or in an area deemed to be not within a reasonable distance from the Pitt Meadows Firehall will not be considered;

2 – Must be at least 19 years of age;

3 – Must be legally entitled to work in Canada;

4 – High School graduation;

5 – Normal hearing without aids;

6 – Valid BC Driver’s Licence (driver’s abstract must be provided with application);

7 – No criminal or summary convictions related to the duties as a firefighter;

8 – Good physical and mental health.

 

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 above items are assessed utilizing two separate components of the physical evaluation:

The first component is the aerobic fitness test.  The PMFRS utilizes a Multi-Stage Shuttle Run, or “Beep Test”.  In it the candidate must complete a series shuttle runs over a flat, non-slip surface between two markers placed 20 meters apart.  In the test the candidate runs back and forth between the markers in time with audio signals.  Each successive minute the interval between the audio signals deceases, requiring the candidate to pick up the running pace the longer they go.  This test records your maximum cardio-vascular fitness level and plots your result against a standard which corrects for age and gender. To review the test see the attached website.

** Pass for this component is a result of above average or better for your age group and gender.

Following the “beep test” the candidate will walk/rest for approximately 30 minutes to cool down and recover before beginning the next component.

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

For the complete text of the second component stage, click here

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

Third Component

The third 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 Fire Chief and the Assistant Chief of 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 Tuesday 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.

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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