A career at Vancouver Fire Rescue Services goes to fire suppression. We provide our members with ongoing training on the latest developments in firefighting, fire protection, medical care and search and rescue techniques. We are active in the community through health clinics, fire safety education and our specialized emergency training centre. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and practice the highest standards of diversity and inclusion in our 20 fire halls, a training academy and two fire protection offices in Vancouver. George A. Richardson, a local member of 18, who was present at the IAFF Foundation, served for 36 years as treasurer of the IAFF in Washington D.C and remains the longest-serving senior officer of the IAFF. We must not forget that Canadian firefighters have helped make this strong organization what it is today. During the long collaboration with IAFF, Local 18 has become a leading company in the areas of collective bargaining, workplace safety and safety improvement, training initiatives, representation of workers` compensation interests, staffing and response times to more than 70,000 annual emergency calls. The Vancouver Fire Department first formed a union in 1911, at a time when firefighters were working under a continuous response system.
This meant a 24-hour day with three hours off for meals and only one day off in seven. They agreed to end this first attempt at organization soon after, in exchange for a much-needed wage increase. Five years later, in 1916, Vancouver was the eighteenth fire brigade organized in North America, obtaining a charter from the American Ploughing Federation and becoming Canada`s first firefighter association. After the end of a long strike bargain in 1917, the new union was able to secure a day off with the savings achieved through the advent of full motorization and the sale of its steamers and horses. On February 28, 1918, vancouver firefighters were the only Canadians among a number of unionized firefighters from across the continent to create the International Association of Fire Fighters. Local 18 and IAFF are proud of their long connection across the continent and the international border. Learn more about how we become firefighters, including our qualifications, our hiring processes and the conditions of employment. Vancouver firefighters work an eight-day schedule with an average of 42 hours per week. The schedule includes two 10-hour day shifts and two 14-hour night shifts, followed by four days off. We proactively update and forge The Law to Improve Fire Safety, for example: Most of the time, Local 18 is obligated to serve those dedicated to serving the public — the 775 men and women who make up the 18 local fire brigades.
Our local full service union is affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress, the BC Federation of Labour, the Vancouver and District Labour Council and the BC Professional Fire Fighters` Association and is a daily advocate on issues affecting its members. Check our necessary and privileged qualifications to apply as a firefighter. The annual salary of firefighters from 2019 is $69,204 (6 months) and increases to 98,868 $US (early 4th year) and remains $104,796 (early Grade 15).