IMPORTANT: Before you apply, read the Richmond Fire-Rescue Application and Hiring Process Guide (2019-2020) for more information. Link provided below.
During the application period applicants can submit their applications through the City of Richmond's online application system.
- Only applications submitted through the online system will be considered.
- During the “Application Period” if you need to make changes or add information to your application after it has been submitted, please call 604-276-4022. If you do not, your new information may not be considered.
- If you experience problems during the application process, please call 604-276-4022. Note: This phone line is only monitored during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST).
Submitting your Application
Note: Currently Mac computers are not compatible with our application system. Do not use a Mac to submit your application.
Important: Carefully follow the steps which are laid out in detail in the Richmond Fire-Rescue Application and Hiring Process Guide (2019-2020) to ensure you complete your application properly and have included all of the required supporting documentation.
Incomplete applications, including applications without the required supporting documentation will not be considered.
Follow the direction given in the “Guide” and in any subsequent communication. Failing to follow direction may result in your removal from the process.
Applications will be screened to ensure that applicants have all of the basic qualifications. Applicants whose applications do not indicate that they have met all of the basic qualifications (required at the time of application) will be screened out.
Written Testing – B. Leiren Associates Inc.: Personal-Competency Assessment for the Job of Firefighter
Applicants whose applications indicate that they have all of the basic qualifications will receive an email advising them of the date, time and location of the written testing, as well as how to register. This test fee is $245 and will be the applicant’s cost. *Please refer to the Richmond Fire-Rescue Application and Hiring Process Guide (2019-2020) if the cost of this testing places you in a position of financial hardship.
Preferred Qualifications and Resume Review
Applicants’ preferred qualifications, resumes and test scores will be reviewed and a short list will be created.
Physical Testing - Fitness York Test & Swim Test
Applicants who have been short listed will move on to the physical testing. The Swim Test and Fitness York Test will be held in Richmond over a two-day period. Applicants will complete only one of the tests each day. Test order will depend upon scheduling and details will be communicated to applicants later in the process. Applicants do not have to pay for the Fitness York Test or the Swim Test.
Applicants moving forward in the process will be contacted at the appropriate time and advised to make arrangements to undergo a comprehensive NFPA 1582 Occupational Medical Examination by Ultima Medical Services Inc. If an applicant already has a Firefighter Medical Examination Certificate from Ultima Medical Services Inc., it must be dated no earlier than July 1, 2019 and should not be submitted until requested. The medical fee is $275 and will be the applicant’s cost.
Police Information Check
Applicants moving forward in the process will be contacted at the appropriate time and provided details on how to arrange to undergo a Police Information Check.
Proof of BC Class 3 Driver’s Licence
By July 1, 2019, prior to the panel interview, applicants will be required to provide proof of a valid BC Class 3 Driver’s licence (manual or automatic) with air brakes or an equivalent licence from another jurisdiction, if they have not done so already. Note: If an applicant holds an equivalent licence from another jurisdiction, and is successful through the recruitment process, they will be required to obtain a BC Class 3 Driver's Licence with air brakes, as a condition of hire.
Note: At this time applicants will also be asked to provide information for reference checks and education verification.
Applicants who are successful through the process will proceed to a structured panel interview. A short list of applicants will be created based upon the panel interview results.
Updated Driver’s Abstract, Reference Checks and Education Verification
Short listed candidates will be contacted and asked to provide an updated Driver’s Abstract. Reference checks and education verification will also be completed at this time.
Fire Chief’s Interviews
Applicants who have been short listed from the panel interview will be invited to a Fire Chief’s interview. This interview will be conducted by the Fire Chief or a designate.
Pre-employment Suitability Assessment
From the fire Chief's interview a small group will move forward to a first responder suitability assessment; computer and paper based testing and a clinical psychologist interview.
Offer of Employment
Applicants who are successful through the process will receive offers of employment. Tentative start date for the first group is October 8, 2019.
Note: A second group is anticipated to be hired in early 2020 from an eligibility list.
Important Information: You may contact the recruitment line (604-276-4022) during the "Application Period", if you experience problems submitting your application or you need to make changes or add information to your submitted application.
Note: This phone line is only monitored during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST) during the “Application Period”.
Due to the anticipated large amount of interest in this competition, please do not call Human Resources or the Fire Department after the “Application Period”. If you have any questions please direct them via email to:firstname.lastname@example.org.