Auxiliary Fire Fighter

Job No: CITYPRFF0026
Location: Powell River, BC

OPEN DATE:          Thursday, February 1, 2018

CLOSING DATE:    4 pm Friday March 9, 2018

DEPARTMENT:      Powell River Fire Rescue - No. 1 Fire Hall     

REPORTS TO:       Director of Fire and Emergency Services   




If you would answer YES to any of the following be advised that your application will not be accepted.

  • More than 9 points on your current drivers’ abstract;
  • Drivers’ license currently under suspension;
  • Do not possess a valid British Columbia driver’s license;
  • Do not own a licensed or insured vehicle;
  • Have any debilitating medical conditions / physical assessment may be required;
  • Have commitments that will interfere with basic training program (Wednesday evenings for 4 – 5 months) or with regular ongoing Tuesday evening training sessions (1900 – 2100);
  • Have a fear of heights;
  • Have a fear of confined spaces;
  • Not bondable;
  • Have claustrophobia;
  • Unable to meet NFPA 1582 vision standards



On the job requirements include, but are not necessarily restricted to, the following:

  1. Participation in a 4 to 5-month basic training program (at least one-3 hour evening session per week (Wednesdays) and occasional Saturdays and Sundays. Upon successful completion of the Recruit Training Program, the recruit will be assigned to an appropriate Fire Station No. 1 or No. 3 to complete the requirements of the B.C. Exterior Playbook Standards recognized by the Office of the Fire Commissioner.


  1. Attendance at a minimum of 60% of training sessions, usually Tuesday nights from 1900 to 2100 hours (after basic training).


  1. Participation in the B.C. Firefighter Full Service Certification Program / NFPA. Be prepared to participate in all aspects of training, which includes lectures, practical or “hands on training” indoors and outdoors regardless of weather conditions. This training covers all basic fire fighting and emergency topics, including Fire Service Orientation, Hose, Ladders, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, Rescue and Safety, Hazardous Chemicals and Dangerous Goods. Instructions given to you during training sessions should be followed promptly. If you are not sure how to do it, do not hesitate to ask. That is what training is for. Directions given on the fire ground must be implemented without hesitation or discussion. The Incident Commander has the experience and training to initiate actions which must be carried out at an incident scene.


  1. Ability to respond to incidents (may occur anytime-day or night, anytime during the year). When involved in any Fire Rescue operation you are expected to conduct yourself in a sensible and professional manner.


  1. Successful completion of a one-year probationary period.


Due to Work Safe BC regulations the wearing of beards or excessive facial hair is not permitted due to the necessity to wear breathing apparatus.



  1. Full protective clothing (known as turn-out gear).
  2. A pager for call-outs to fire incidents.
  3. Benefit Insurance – Accident and Sickness Program – 24-hour coverage.
  4. Physical Fitness pass at the Recreation Complex upon completion of Exterior Firefighter Program.



  • Permanent resident of the City of Powell River (residents of the Regional District will be evaluated on a case by case basis)
  • Minimum age of 19
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Completed Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Normal vision subject to firefighter eye and vision standards
  • Normal hearing with no artificial aids
  • Above average physical condition
  • Safe driving record
  • Police information computer check to be completed before final acceptance as an Auxiliary Firefighter
  • Valid current BC Driver’s License with less than 9 points – attach a copy of the driver’s license abstract obtained from the local Driver’s Service Centre
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Possess good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to swim
  • Transportation to respond to calls.



  • Previous fire fighting experience
  • Permanently employed
  • Employed in the Powell River area – ability to leave work for fire calls
  • Valid Class Three (3) BC Driver’s License with Air Brakes
  • Completed Fire Science courses
  • Post Secondary Education – diploma in courses in building technology, university degree or trades qualifications or apprenticeship
  • Ability to respond to day-time incidents (week-days).
  • A medical from the Fire Rescue Physician indicating that you are physically fit to perform duties of a firefighter. Cost will be borne by Powell River Fire Rescue.
  • A criminal record search to be conducted by the local detachment of the R.C.M.P.
  • A physical assessment to determine fitness.



The current 2018 pay rate is $11.35/hour for training. The current 2018 pay rate is $11.35 - $22.00/hour for incident responses (rate based upon experience, two hour minimum).


How To Apply:

If you are interested in this position:

  1. Complete the questions contained in the application below then click "Next".
  2. Attach a cover letter and a resume as separate PDF or Word documents.  This is a mandatory requirement of the application process. 
  3. Attach copies of degrees, diplomas, and certifications if applicable in one single PDF or Word document.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, we may choose to only acknowledge those applicants selected for interview.

The City of Powell River is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants may be required to participate in formal testing and interviews and to provide documentation to demonstrate and support their qualifications.


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