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YVR's Fire and Rescue offers a challenging and rewarding career. The Airport Authority prides itself in its airside safety protocols as it marks 20 years of the Fire and Rescue team’s ongoing dedication to high safety standards.

With an increase in passengers travelling through YVR daily, the Fire and Rescue Department is looking to bring on qualified, safety-oriented, enthusiastic, organized and decisive individuals. Ready to launch a motivated career and serve the community? Apply today and be a part of the team.

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The firetruck fleet.

YVR Firefighters are equipped with some of the most advanced tools in the industry. The Fire & Rescue fleet consists of 7 Aircraft Rescue Firefighting trucks, including 3 OSH KOSH Striker 3000, 3 OSH KOSH Striker 4500 and 1 Pierce PUC.

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YVR Firefighters make time for initiatives that make a difference in the community. Through their participation in charitable fundraisers, they have raised over $10,000 for the BC Lung Foundation, Vancouver Firefighter Charities and more.

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YVR Fire and Rescue is staffed by a team of over 65 dedicated team members who respond on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week basis allowing for more time-off, improved team cohesion, reduced response time and a better work-life balance.

YVR Fire & Rescue will commence its Fall 2023 recruitment process very soon. Until then, sign up for job alerts and don’t miss out on this challenging and rewarding career.


Location: Vancouver, Canada

Job Code: 24-01

YVR is a place of connection, bringing together people, places and cargo while ensuring a safe and efficient experience for everyone. YVR Fire & Rescue is a value and integrity-based department with a strong culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging that enables the team to deliver on our mission of being dedicated to protecting and educating our customers, our community and our environment through the delivery of professional aircraft fire rescue services. This in turn drives us toward our vision to be the best Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Department in Canada.

Position overview

We have permanent, full-time opportunities for Firefighters in the YVR Fire & Rescue Department. The role centers around making a tremendous impact on the safety of both travellers and our community. Every day, you will be collaborating with a team of dedicated individuals equipped with the most advanced vehicles and tools to handle a wide range of challenges related to aircraft emergencies, medical first response, airside inspections, and snow and ice control. This is an opportunity to use your skills and expertise to protect people while growing in your career as a leader in emergency services. You will also benefit from working at one of Canada's busiest airports serving millions of passengers each year. Join now and be part of a world-class team!

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing fire, medical, and hazardous material response to the airport community
  • Preventing and ensuring that airport operating areas are safe
  • Ensuring standards of emergency personnel preparedness are met, and the public and employees are always safe and secure
  • Training to maintain the highest level of service to the airport, ensuring the acquisition and development of skills necessary to fulfil their duty to our customers, community, stakeholders and employees

Key qualifications include:

  • Recent, related experience, supplemented by completion of a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Completion of NFPA 1001 Level II
  • Completion of Emergency Medical Assistant First Responder III
  • Certificate of fitness, preferably from SCIENCED Athletics, with a V02 Max of at least 45ml/kg/min (when/if requested)
  • Successful completion of a firefighter candidate medical assessment with FireHealth Services that meets NFPA 1582 criteria prior to an offer of employment
  • Strong work ethic with a high level of initiative and enthusiasm, and an ability to excel in a fast-paced environment
  • A team player, capable of working both collaboratively and independently
  • A strong concern for the health and safety of self and others, and the ability to work safely and effectively under pressure
  • Ability to manage difficult situations effectively, quickly and safely
  • Ability to travel outside of Canada for extended periods for training purposes
  • Class 3 BC Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement along with a driver’s abstract
  • Ongoing requirements for maintaining fitness level; maintaining all security clearances, passes and certifications; clear criminal records check; good attendance record; and other necessary requirements
  • Adhering to our residency requirements as a condition of employment

Shift work is required as the YVR Fire and Rescue Department operates on a 24-hour basis.

Due to the on-call nature of the work, any employee in Fire & Rescue, and any employee that undertakes acting assignments in Fire & Rescue, will be required to reside in an area that allows them a reasonable response time to the Airport. Specifically, employees will be required to reside within any of the following areas: District of Squamish, Lions Bay, District of West Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, Anmore, Port Moody, Belcarra, University Endowment Lands, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley City, Township of Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Abbotsford.

Any location which requires ferry services to get to work, such as Bowen Island or Vancouver Island, is not within the residency requirements.

This position is open to both Vancouver Airport Authority employees and external applicants. Previous job performance will be taken into consideration for all internal candidates that apply for this position.

Salary Range: $72,544 to $94,811 per annum, based on 40 hours per week of shift work. This is individually tailored to reflect your unique experience, qualifications and internal equity.

Who We Are

YVR is more than just an airport. We connect our beautiful province and all it has to offer to the world. We are all leaders and trailblazers for change and innovation, so no matter the department or team you’re a part of, the work you do matters.

At YVR, we are flexible in everything we do. We will work together to find ways to deliver customer excellence that helps us all thrive. We strive to provide an environment that reflects the diversity of our communities, allowing us to better serve them.

Whatever your background and wherever you’re from, you belong at YVR. We want to make sure you truly belong and help you reach your full potential. If you have any questions about accessibility or require any assistance applying, please reach out to

Join us on this journey as we continue to transform our airport to better serve our communities.

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YVR is more than just an airport. We are leaders and trailblazers for change and innovation, at the forefront doing the right thing and doing it well. We have been voted the Best Airport in North America for 12 consecutive years – an honour that’s attributed to the ongoing contributions from the best teams and partners. Join us at YVR to see what this means for you.

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YVR continually invests in our people to offer what you and your loved ones need so you can just thrive at work and in your community.

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We are committed to maintaining a learning culture – one that empowers and helps you grow your career within YVR. Along the way, we’ll celebrate both the small and big wins and work through every new opportunity together to help you get to where you want to be.

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