Vancouver Fire Collective Agreement

Every fire room in Vancouver is equipped with a thermal imaging camera that helps us locate hard-to-find overheated electrical appliances, people who have collapsed at life-saving notes, and hotspots in smoke-filled environments. 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. We are very proud of our democratic and parliamentary tradition of more than 100 years, which is the heart and soul of our governance. The local 18 shines like a lighthouse on the west coast of the continent. Firefighters were here during pioneer days, and firefighters are here in the presence of our modern technological society. Firefighters will continue to be there as the citizens of the City of Vancouver move into a future that they will certainly see in an increased need for enhanced and continuous protection from Local 18. May this future continue to be proud for all. We are proactively updating and incorporating charters to improve fire safety, for example: a career at Vancouver Fire Rescue Services is more than 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. 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. 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.