Emergency Vehicle Technician/Heavy Duty Mechanic

Requisition ID: 36436 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.


Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) is an equal opportunity employer who is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our family or Fire Fighters, Fire Prevention Officers, Public Education Professionals, Chief Officers and Administrative Staff.  VFRS prides itself on being one of the most progressive fire departments in North America while at the same time maintaining a strong sense of tradition.  VFRS is one of the original eighteen fire departments in North America to join the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).  VFRS was the first fire department to completely convert from horse drawn equipment to a fully motorized fleet.  Moving forward to 2022, VFRS will be the first in North America to deploy a 134’ Aerial Platform partially built in Europe and one of the first Fire Departments to place a fully electric fire fighting apparatus in to service.


Vancouver Fire Rescue Services is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) / Heavy Duty Mechanic.  This is a unionized position, IAFF Local 18.  This position reports to the VFRS Fleet & Equipment Services Shop Supervisor.  The successful applicant will be an integral member of a highly skilled team of mechanical technicians performing technical troubleshooting, scheduled preventative maintenance and non-scheduled maintenance.  VFRS has a diverse fleet of fire fighting apparatus including Engines, Ladders, Heavy Rescues, Aerial Platforms, Fireboats and Medical Units.  VFRS’ fleet also consists of Specialty apparatus for Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Command, Fire Investigations and other support and administration vehicles.  Fleet & Equipment Services is responsible for yearly commercial vehicle inspections, pump testing, non-destructive aerial testing and small equipment preventative maintenance.  The successful applicant will perform repairs in all fields including electrical diagnostics, engine and transmission computer controls, hydraulics and foam injection systems.   


Vancouver Fire Rescue Services EVT Mechanics work a four on four off schedule with a rotating on-call schedule to provide support for overnight mechanical breakdowns and respond to major incidents in the City of Vancouver.  In recent years, VFRS mechanics have also responded alongside VFRS suppression fire fighters to the devastating wildfires throughout British Columbia.



  • Inter-Provincial Certificate of Qualification as a Commercial Transport Mechanic OR

          Inter-Provincial Certificate of Qualification as a Heavy Duty Mechanic

  • ICBC Commercial Vehicle Inspectors Certification
  • British Columbia Class 3 Driver’s license with Air Brake endorsement
  • Experience with Electronic Fleet Management Systems
  • Computer competency including the Microsoft software such as  Word, Excel and Outlook
  • The successful applicant will have Emergency Vehicle Technician Certifications or as a condition of employment agree to complete the EVT certification to the Masters level within two years of hire date fully supported by VFRS



  • Repair and maintenance of fire fighting equipment
  • Experience with fabrication and welding
  • Competency & experience with Detroit Diesel and Cummins engines
  • Experience with outboard marine engines
  • Competency & experience with Allison transmissions
  • Experience with computer diagnostic scan tools
  • Automotive exemption permit
  • BC Automotive Trade Qualification
  • Experience in marine mechanics including Hamilton Jet
  • Knowledge of corrosion prevention techniques with aluminum hulls
  • CPR-C



The selection process will consist of an initial phone interview, a panel interview, reference checks, a 2-3 day work-a-long program that will assess attendance, interpersonal and communication skills, motivation and performance suitability.  The candidate will be paired up with a senior VFRS Mechanic during work-a-long assessments. 


Successful candidates will be required to submit a current Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Check and a 5 year Driver’s Abstract and Claims History Report as a condition of an employment offer.   Criminal charges or convictions related to the duties of this position for which one has not received a pardon will disqualify the candidate from an offer of employment. 


At the expense of the candidate a medical/health evaluation by the City Of Vancouver’s Occupational Health Physician must be completed prior to an offer of employment.


Interviews will take place between July 11 – 22, 2022


The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  All external applicants applying to the City of Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.


Business Unit/Department: Fleet & Equipment Services/Vancouver Fire Rescue Services 

Affiliation: IAFF Union Local 18 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time ( RFT)

Position Start Date: August 8th 2022 

Salary Information:   Bi-weekly salary:  $4051.36


Application Close:  Thursday, June 30th 2022


At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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