CITY OF ABBOTSFORD PAID ON-CALL FIREFIGHTER APPLICATION

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Paid On-Call Firefighter with the City of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS). The City of Abbotsford appreciates all applications; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted via email to proceed to the next stage after the posting is closed.

The application process for the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service has been broken down into the following stages:

Stage 1 - Application Process closing Friday, January 7, 2022, at 12:00 pm (Noon).
Stage 2 - Entry Level Testing – Video- Base Testing
Stage 3 - Interview, Reference Checks
Stage 4 - Physical Assessment
Stage 5 - Pre-training Online
Stage 6 - Recruit Training

Please review and note the following information before completing this application.

  1. All fields must be completed. If a question is not applicable, please type "n/a".
  2. Applications cannot be saved as a draft to be completed later.
  3. Have the following supporting documents ready to upload in PDF or JPG  format only (maximum file size is 400KB)
    1. A copy of your valid unrestricted Class 5 Driver's Licence (or provincial equivalent) - please ensure you provide both sides (front and back).
    2. A current Driver's Abstract dated no more than 30 days prior to your application submission, with no more than six demerit points.
  4. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive confirmation via email to the address provided in your application. Please do not reply to this email.

If you have any questions, please email POCRecruitment@abbotsford.ca

APPLICANT INFORMATION

* Last Name
* First Name
* Middle Name or Initial
* Mailing Address
* City
* Province
* Postal Code
* Primary Telephone/Cell Number
- -
Alternate Telephone/Cell Number
- -
* Email

AVAILABILITY

As a Paid On-Call Firefighter, you could be paged at any time, day or night, any day of the week. In this section, we are trying to determine what times you are available to respond to these calls, so please provide as much information as possible.

* Are you available to respond to paged calls Monday to Friday, during daytime hours? (ie. 0830 - 1630)
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* At your current worksite, would your employer allow you to respond to paged calls during your regular working hours?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Are you able to attend weekly practices every Wednesday evening from 1900 - 2130?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Are you available one weekend a month for weekend duty coverage? The time commitment would consist of incident response to paged calls, and completing truck and hall checks ( approximately 4 hours).
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

You must have the following minimum qualifications and be able to provide proof of completion when requested.

* Are you 18 years of age or older?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you currently reside in the City of Abbotsford or within 8 km of an Abbotsford Fire hall?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Are you eligible for employment in Canada - you must be a Canadian citizen, a holder of a Permanent Resident Card, a Landed Immigrant or otherwise legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e. holder of a work visa)?
  • Yes
  • No
* Are you able to provide a Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector Search from the local Police Department showing no criminal record exists or is pending?
  • Yes
  • No
* Have you graduated from High School or equivalent? **Please note that you will be required to provide a copy your transcript or equivalent later on in the recruitment process.
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have a valid unrestricted Driver's Licence (or provincial equivalent) and good driving record? A class 5 Driver's Licence is a minimum qualification requirement.
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Do you have Basic First Aid and CPR-Level C Certificate? If you hold a higher license please indicate in the space below.
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

* Do you have any physical or medical restrictions that may affect your ability to perform the job duties of a firefighter?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Do you have any degree of acrophobia (fear of heights) that may prevent you from performing the full scope of the duties of a firefighter?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have any degree of claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) that may prevent you from performing the full scope of the duties of a firefighter?
  • Yes
  • No
* Are you comfortable working in or around water?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you wear corrective lenses?
  • Yes
  • No
* Is your distance visual acuity at least 20/30 binocular, corrected with contact lenses or glasses, AND at least 20/40 binocular uncorrected?

NOTE: Successful corrective eye surgery or laser surgery may be acceptable providing it has been performed prior to six months of this application or after an acceptable waiting period as defined by your Ophthalmologist.
  • Yes
  • No
* I understand that I may be tested for colour and peripheral vision, to a level determined to be safe for the position of a firefighter.
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have unaided hearing?
  • Yes
  • No

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

* Name of Secondary/High School or Institution
* Location (city, Province)
* Date of High School or Equivalency graduation?
/ /
Name of Vocational/Trade School /University/ College
Location (City, Province)
Course/Program/area of study
Did you graduate?
  • Yes
  • No
Credit, Diploma, Certificate, Degree attained?
Date of completion?
/ /
Name of Vocational/Trade School/University/ College
Location (City, Province)
Course/Program/area of study
Did you graduate?
  • Yes
  • No
Credit, Diploma, Certificate, Degree attained?
Date of Completion?
/ /
Name of Vocational/Trade School/University/ College
Location (City, Province)
Course/Program/area of study
Did you graduate?
  • Yes
  • No
Credit, Diploma, Certificate, Degree attained?
Date of Completion?
/ /
* Do you have a NFPA 1001 level 2 with Hazmat Operations?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
Have you completed any of these Fire Service related courses? Please check all that apply.
(Please ensure you have proof of completion)
  • Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting
  • Auto Extrication
  • Confined Space Operations
  • Confined Space Technician
  • Critical Incident Stress
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • HazMat Technician
  • High Angle Operations
  • High Angle Technician
  • Incident Command
  • Shipboard Fire Fighting
  • Wildland Fire Fighting
  • Any other Fire Service related courses

EMPLOYMENT

* Are you currently employed?
  • Yes
  • No

Previous Employment - please provide the previous two employers (if applicable)

Company Name
Position/Title
Company Address (include City and Postal Code)
Duties
When did you commence employment with this company? Start Date
/ /
When did your employment end with this company? End Date
/ /
Reason for leaving
Company Name
Position/Title
Company Address (include City and Postal Code)
Duties
When did you commence employment with this company? Start Date
/ /
When did your employment end with this company? End Date
/ /
Reason for leaving

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

* Have you previously been employed by the City of Abbotsford?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Are you fluent (speak, read & write) in English?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Are you fluent in any other language(s)?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Have you previously been a member of a Fire Rescue Service?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Have you worked as a volunteer with any agencies?

Example: Volunteer Fire Fighting, Coast Guard, Search and Rescue, St. John Ambulance, etc.
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Do you have trades experience (demonstrating mechanical aptitude)?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide additional information if necessary.
* Please list any physical fitness activities and team sports that you participate in on a regular basis that demonstrate your maintenance of physical fitness.

APPLICANT'S DECLARATION

* Recruit Training Time Commitment
I understand attendance at practical recruit training is 100% mandatory and the time commitment is as follows:

Every Wednesday night from 1800 - 2200 hrs and
every Saturday from 08230 - 1630 for approximately 14 weeks
  • Yes
* Recruit Training Time Commitment - I understand that the online theory portion of recruit training has a time commitment of several hours per week, and I have access to a personal computer with internet to complete online assignments.
  • Yes
* I understand that even though I pass all the required tests and evaluations, it does not guarantee me a position.

  • Yes
* I hereby certify that the information given on this application is true and I understand that any untrue statements may be grounds for dismissal or revocation of application.
  • Yes
* I agree that by clicking on the "Submit" button of this application I am effectively signing my application.
  • I Agree
* How did you hear about the AFRS and the opportunity to become a Paid On-Call Firefighter?
  • Civic Info
  • Electronic sign ad
  • Facebook
  • Friend/City employee
  • Instagram
  • Newspaper
  • Twitter
  • Website
  • Other