Paid On-Call Firefighter

Considering Being a Paid On-Call Firefighter?

The Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) is one of the most unique and challenging work environments known today. A Paid On-Call firefighter's role is to support the full-time firefighters during paged incidents. This support role is an important strategy in our duties to serve the community. The bottom line in our business is measured by the prevention of loss of life, pain and suffering, and property damage. If you feel you have what it takes to meet the challenges of our business, we welcome you to join us.

Back to Top

Minimum Qualifications

It is your responsibility to understand and meet the minimum qualifications before you submit an application. You will need to maintain your qualifications throughout the assessment process. Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in the rejection of your application file. If you are found to have falsified or intentionally misrepresented your credentials, your application file will be permanently closed. No future applications will be accepted from you.


  • At least 18 years of age or older.
  • Currently reside in the City of Abbotsford or within 8 km of an Abbotsford Fire hall.
  • 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).
  • Eligible to obtain a Criminal Record Check with no dispositions; required by Pre-training Preparation date. (review The Recruitment Schedule).
  • A copy of the following is required at the time of application:
    • A valid unrestricted Driver's Licence (or provincial equivalent) and good driving record.
    • A current Driver's Abstract dated no more than 30 days prior to your application submission, with no more than six demerit points.
  • A copy of the following is required at the time of the Interview:
    • A High School Diploma or equivalency. Equivalencies can include a High School Equivalency Diploma (i.e., G.E.D.).
    • Basic First Aid and CPR-Level C Certificate.

Back to Top

Fitness and Medical Requirements

AFRS views fitness as an integral component in firefighting due to the physical strain induced while performing operational tasks. Fitness varies according to each person’s muscular strength/endurance, cardiovascular conditioning, motor coordination and flexibility.

Back to Top

Application Information

  • If you wear corrective lenses, please complete the Optometrist Form.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee entry into the selection process. 
  • AFRS will contact the applicant if and when the applicant is to commence the selection process. This contact can take up to six months, depending on the time of year and the recruiting needs for Paid On-Call firefighters. Please be assured that if you meet our minimum requirements, we will contact you at the appropriate time.
  • Online applications only (resumes are not accepted).

Back to Top

Application Process

The City of Abbotsford appreciates all applications; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted via email to proceed to the next stage.

Posting will remain open with no closing date but Applications will be reviewed every 6 months. The application process for the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service has been broken down into the following stages:

Stage 1 - Application Review 
Stage 2 - Interview
Stage 3 - Physical Assessment
Stage 4 - Criminal Record Check
Stage 5 - Reference Check

Stage 6 - Recruit Training 

Back to Top

Online Application

The POC Recruitment application process will remain open with no closing date, Online 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. 

Back to Top

Contact Us

All questions and inquiries should be directed by email to Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service at

Back to Top