Recruitment Process


Parksville Fire Rescue accept applications for volunteer paid on-call firefighters throughout the year. Applications are reviewed during the department's annual recruiting drive in February and March. Please take the time to read through the information about recruitment process and most importantly, the expected commitment level. If you have any questions, please stop by the fire hall or give us a call.

When recruitment begins
In January each year, advertisements are posted in the local newspaper, on the City of Parksville’s website [] as well as the Parksville Fire and Rescue website.

Candidates are encouraged to consider carefully their qualifications against the required qualifications prior to completing and submitting the application form. Candidates should be aware the level of required commitment is significant.

Recruitment process:

  • Includes a written application form, short listing of applicants, physical assessment and aptitude testing, a panel interview and references.
  • Criminal record search and driving record to be submitted along with the application. Appointments are conditional upon a satisfactory criminal record search.
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo a medical assessment by their physician which is paid by the department.
  • At the end of the process and the required number of successful applicants is hired and if there are more successful applicants than needed, an eligibility list may be created and kept until the next recruiting campaign.

Please note candidates may be eliminated from consideration at several stages in the recruiting/testing process.