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Joint Firefighter/Paramedic Regional Recruitment Information

Considering a career as a firefighter?

Fire and EMS services from the City of St. Albert, Strathcona County and City of Spruce Grove have joined efforts and will conduct an annual regional recruitment campaign. Qualified candidates interested in working for a fully integrated fire and EMS service will have the opportunity to submit their resume during the active recruitment.  Please check back for 2019 dates.

A career with a fully integrated fire and emergency medical service (EMS) service is exciting, fulfilling, diverse and challenging. We are ready to respond to any emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Dedicated teams of emergency services professionals (from Strathcona County, the City of St. Albert and the City of Spruce Grove) save lives and protect property by responding quickly and effectively. If you thrive on teamwork, want to help those in need, and have a desire to contribute to your community, consider applying today.

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Things to consider before applying

Before you submit your firefighter application, take the time to learn all you can about the job and requirements. Familiarize yourself with the job tasks and the different steps in the selection process. Do your homework; better to be over prepared than unprepared.

  • Although exciting, this is also a dangerous job. You may be exposed to many hazardous conditions, loud noises, and contaminants, and have to work in extreme temperatures.
  • You need to be prepared to travel (if required) to complete various testing events. It is not always possible to participate in multiple tests in one trip.
  • A commitment to maintaining a daily fitness regime and monitoring your personal wellness is essential to ensuring personal safety and longevity. Make sure you have the strength, stamina and cardiovascular conditioning required to take on the physical challenges of this career.
  • Ethical behaviour and accountability must be part of your nature. Taking responsibility for and ownership of your actions is vital to success in the hiring process.
  • An ability to carry out orders during emergencies, combined with the capacity to assess and act on own initiative and/or work effectively as part of a team.
  • Job fit is one of many critical factors considered in our decision-making processes. Successful completion of all steps in the process does not ensure a job offer.
  • You must be able to follow and act on complex oral and written instructions; you will be evaluated on these skills throughout our assessments.
  • A practical understanding of a wide range of subjects related to fire, rescue, dangerous goods and EMS, including the ability to operate and understand the operation of mechanical equipment.
  • Your demeanour and input throughout the selection process are taken into consideration as part of the final hiring decision.

Review the Duties of a Firefighter

Minimum Qualifications for applying to be a Firefighter

One of the following is required:

  • Registered Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
  • 2nd-year Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) students that will be writing in June 2018 (must successfully pass by date of hire)
  • Registered Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) with NFPA 1001 - level II (certification must be achieved by the date of interview)

You must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) or Primary Care Paramedic (PCP). Proof of registration must be provided upon application.
  • Hold a valid Class 4 drivers license. A valid Class 3 drivers license and Air Brake (Q) endorsement must be completed by start date and is a condition of employment.
  • Have the ability to successfully obtain, and maintain, a vulnerable sector police information check (required upon offer and is a condition of employment).
  • Ability to pass physical and medical standards, including eyesight and audible, as outlined in the NFPA standard.
  • Driver’s abstract with six demerits or fewer.

The following qualifications are preferred, but not mandatory:

  • NFPA 1001 certification – Level II (if applying as an Advanced Care Paramedic; Required for Primary Care Paramedics)
  • Current ITLS certification
  • Current PALS certification
  • Current ACLS certification

See Disqualifying Medical Conditions

Recruiting timelines:

This process usually takes six months to complete the following steps:

  • Competition opens – TBA
  • Closing date – TBA
  • Physical agility exam – TBA
    The candidate is responsible for paying for this exam.
  • Mechanical reasoning test – TBA.
    Measures candidates’ understanding of principles of mechanics.
  • Medical knowledge testing – TBA.
    This is an in-depth written exam coupled with a circuit of short (the usual is five to 10 minutes) stations, in which each candidate is examined on a one-on-one basis. Each station has a different examiner and candidates rotate through the stations, completing all the stations on their circuit. During each station, candidates will be requested to provide clinical assessments and review the potential differential diagnosis and possible treatments.
  • Personality Assessment – TBA
    The assessment is a work-place related description and illustrates how a person’s innate characteristics and motivation impact performance.
  • Behavioural based interviews – TBA.
    Responses given in a "targeted selection" interview are collected using the S.T.A.R. format. Interviewees should be prepared to answer questions the following way - Situation/Task (what was the circumstance or what needed to be done); Action (what did you do?); Result (what happened or what feedback did you receive?).
  • Conditional offer of employment – TBA.
  • Medical evaluations and drug screening – TBA
    The medical assessment is a condition of employment and is a general physical, ensuring candidates meet the requirements and physical demands of firefighting.
  • Anticipated start date – TBA

If you have any questions please contact:

Sheena Ohnysty, Recruitment Coordinator 


Phone: 780-459-1533


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Learn about the steps involved in the regional firefighter/paramedic recruitment process.

Firefighter's Union University of Alberta
St. Albert Firefighters Union Local 2130 U of A Firefighters Fitness Testing
Spruce Grove Firefighters Union Local 3021 Strathcona County Firefighters Union Local 246

Last edited: August 28, 2018

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