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Fire Fighter Process

One career fire fighter hiring process is run annually, depending on retirement and operational requirements. Most processes are held in the Fall with a hire date of early January. Applicants make a large time commitment and it's very competitive.  

Finding the right fire fighter is quite a process. There are a number of things you need to do to be qualified and competitive. Career Recruitment Process


Applications for this position are received only when there is a vacancy. Apply at our Job Postings page.

Fire Dispatchers

Fire Dispatchers are the people who answer the phone when you call for help.

You give them all the details they need to send fire crews to your side. Make sure you know where you are when you call.


Interested in becoming a Fire Dispatcher? There are a number of things you need to do to be qualified and competitive.


  • Grade 12 diploma and post-secondary education in a relevant field (like emergency communications or public safety), or an equivalent combination of skills and experience
  • Valid BC driver's licence (Class 5)


  • Knowledge of basic fire codes, databases, and mapping and preplan systems.
  • Experience in dispatch, operating a busy switchboard, and customer service.
  • Experience monitoring and controlling communications, audio, message and information media.
  • Basic First Aid and CPR C.

Applications for this position are received only when there is a vacancy.  Apply at Job Postings page.

Fire Prevention Officer/Inspectors

Fire Prevention Officer/Inspectors do our regulatory and investigative work. They inspect buildings and investigate fires. A main focus is fire prevention and fire safety. They give lectures to service clubs and schools and provide advice and guidance.

Interested in becoming a Fire Prevention Officer or Inspector? There are a number of things you need to do to be qualified and competitive.


  • Grade 12 diploma, or equivalent
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Inspector 1031 Level 1 certification
  • Valid BC Driver's licence (Class 5)
  • Basic typing skills (25 words per minute is considered a minimum)
  • Three years experience and training in the building or mechanical trades, or three years experience in dealing with regulations, inspections, or enforcement
  • Experience and training in operating computers and menu-driven computer programs


  • Knowledge of the operations and policies and procedures of Nanaimo Fire Rescue
  • Considerable knowledge of the city of Nanaimo, location of streets and major buildings
  • Fire Prevention Officer courses
  • Fire Service Inspector or Fire Investigator certifications
  • Building or Mechanical Trades certification
  • Building Inspector Level 1 certification (academic portion minimum)

Applications for this position are received only when there is a vacancy. Apply at Job Postings page.

Paid On-Call Fire Fighting - Residents of Protection Island only

If you are interested in volunteering in your community and you live on Protection Island, Paid On-Call Fire Fighting may be just the thing for you. Fire fighting training is provided to you, both online and practical. You're paid an hourly rate when you respond or train.

What does a Paid On-Call Fire Fighter do?

Our Paid On-Call Fire Fighters (POCs) fill an important support role to Fire Department operating in a number of fire and non-fire related emergencies.  POCs perform various duties under emergency, and often hazardous, conditions.  The role and duties of a Paid On-Call Fire Fighter vary depending on an individual’s skill level and the Fire Department’s operational needs. 

Duties might include things like:

  • Responding to fire alarms and other emergency calls
  • Fire Fighting duties including operation and maintenance of fire apparatus and equipment
  • Emergency scene perimeter control
  • Personnel and equipment staging and rehabilitation
  • Participating in prevention and public education initiatives

In large-scale emergencies, POC Fire Fighters might perform a wide variety of functions under the Incident Command System in the Operations, Logistics, and Planning Sections including supporting the City’s Emergency Program and Community Assistance Program. 

We are always looking for new Protection Island Paid On-Call Fire Fighters POC Application Form-Fillable

Additional Information

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General Fire Information 580 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6E2

Last updated: January 10, 2020

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