Fire Fighter

Job Description

Fire Fighter roles and responsibilities include the following:

  • Responsible to an officer
  • Fire suppression
  • Removal of persons from danger
  • Operate in extreme and hazardous conditions
  • Administer first aid
  • Operation of fire fighting apparatus and equipment
  • Performance of maintenance of equipment and apparatus
  • Engage in fire prevention and public education activities
  • All other related work as required
  • Participate in ongoing training activities

Role in the Community

Fire fighters must respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents. Once on the scene, their first priority is to save lives. Fire fighters are trained to administer first aid and other assistance to fire and accident victims. If a fire is burning, they control and extinguish the fire using manual and power equipment, such as axes, water hoses, aerial ladders and hydraulic equipment. Fire fighters ensure the proper operation and maintenance of their fire fighting equipment through routine drills. They also inform and educate the public on fire prevention. They may supervise and coordinate the work of other fire fighters.

A Typical Day

Fire fighters spend much of their time in fire halls or training facilities, preparing to handle a variety of emergency situations. When emergencies arise, fire fighters must respond immediately. At the scene of the emergency, fire fighters have to remain calm and level-headed and help to calm other people as well. They often put themselves physically at risk to deal with the situation. A fire fighter's duties require a high level of physical fitness as well as the ability and access to resources to cope with emotional stress. A high level of teamwork is required.


  • High school graduation or equivalent;
  • Class 5, BC Drivers License with Airbrake Endorsement; (Note: Most fire departments require Class 3)
  • A driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behavior. More than six points in the last three years will be considered excessive; and
  • Current CPR Level "C".

Physical Requirements 

  • Medically fit; and
  • Physically fit for position of fire fighter.

Available Program of Study

JIBC offers the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC), which provides the certification, theoretical background, applied skills, and specialized knowledge required to become a superior candidate in the competitive recruiting process. There are various start dates scheduled throughout the year. 

The hands-on portion of the FFTC program takes place at:

Justice Institute of British Columbia
Maple Ridge Campus
13500 – 256th Street
Maple Ridge, BC V4R 1C9


Fire fighters are among the better paid of occupations. Average annual earnings in 2008 for this occupation were $64,000.

Employers & Job Prospects

Fire Fighters are employed by municipal, provincial and federal governments, as well as by large industrial establishments that have internal fire fighting services.

More Information

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Last updated January 14, 2019