Firefighter / Medic Recruitment

At this time, we are not accepting applications and do not have further recruitment activities planned for the remainder of the year. Please subscribe to Career Alerts or check this page for updates and announcements regarding upcoming opportunities to join our Emergency Services team.

A career with a fully integrated fire and emergency medical service is exciting, fulfilling, diverse and challenging. Soon to be operating from four stations, St. Albert Fire Services members are ready to respond to any emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department's dedicated team of professionals saves lives and protects properties by responding quickly and effectively to suppress fires and provide medical and rescue attention in disasters and other emergencies. We provide our members with ongoing professional development in firefighting, fire prevention, medical response, and search and rescue techniques.

Things To Consider Before Applying

Before you submit your application, take time to learn all you can about the job and its requirements. Familiarize yourself with the job tasks and different steps in the selection process. 

  • 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 must be prepared to travel (if required) to complete various recruitment testing events. It is not always possible to participate in multiple tests during one trip.
  • A commitment to maintaining a daily fitness regime and monitoring your 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, professionalism and accountability must be part of your nature. Taking responsibility for and ownership of your actions is vital to success in the hiring process.
  • The job requires 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 the 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.
  • We seek individuals with 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, attitude and input throughout the selection process are taken into consideration as part of the final hiring decision.

See Disqualifying Medical Conditions

Complete a Self-evaluation Questionnaire

Review the Duties of a Firefighter

Learn About the University of Albert Firefighter Fitness Test

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Qualifications for applying to be a Firefighter / Medic

You must hold one of the following minimum qualifications on the date you submit your application:

  • Currently registered as an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
  • Currently registered as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)

Additional Requirements:

  • Hold a valid Alberta Class 4 driver’s licence and can provide a driver’s abstract demonstrating safe driving behaviour [six demerits or fewer]
  • Able to obtain, and maintain, a clear vulnerable sector police information check (required upon offer)
  • Able to pass physical and medical standards, including eyesight and audible, as outlined in the NFPA standard
  • Preference may be given to applicants who hold their current NFPA 1001 - Level I and Level II

A valid Alberta Class 3 driver’s licence and Air Brake (Q) endorsement are conditions of employment that must be obtained within the probationary period. 
Out of province applicant pursuing a labour mobility application must be fully registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an Advanced Care Paramedic or Primary Care Paramedic by the date of the panel interviews (approximately mid June 2023)

Recruitment Process / Timelines

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

Competition Application Period 

Information Sessions 

Want to learn about a career in an integrated fire and emergency medical service and our recruitment process? Join us in-person at Fire Station #3 located at 100 Giroux Road for one of two presentations from our SAFS recruitment committee and the University of Alberta. We look forward to sharing information about a career with St. Albert Fire Services and answering your questions. There is no need to pre-register to attend.

Station Assessment 
Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend one of the two full day sessions that will include Firefighter Aptitude, Medical Knowledge/OSCE and Job Skills assessments. 

Location: St. Albert Firehall 3, 100 Giroux Road

University of Albert Firefighter Fitness Test 
The candidate is responsible for paying for the cost of this test. For details, please visit the University of Alberta Firefighter Fitness Testing webpage   

Panel Interviews 

Conditional Offers of Employment 

Pre-employment Medical Assessment 
The medical assessment is a condition of employment and is a general physical, ensuring candidates meet the requirements and physical demands of firefighting.

Start Date 

NOTE: All dates are subject to change. As specific dates are confirmed, they will be updated on this page.

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Collective Agreement - City of St. Albert and IAFF Local 2130 


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply again if I was not successful in a former Firefighter/Medic recruitment competition?

Yes, each recruitment campaign is a separate process.

How do I apply?

We are not currently accepting applications.

You can only apply during an active recruitment campaign via the City of St. Albert Job Opportunities page:  

Once you're ready to apply, you will answer some application questions, then click 'Apply for this job'. This will take you to a page to create an online applicant profile (or log-in to an existing profile). You will need to upload three documents in support of your application: 1) a cover letter 2) a resume 3) confirmation of your registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics

Are there any costs to apply?

There is no cost to submit your online application. If you are successful in reaching University of Alberta Firefighter Fitness Test will be responsible for the associated fee (approx $388).  

Can I apply if I am a EMR?

To be minimally qualified for this competition an applicant must be registered as an Advanced Care Paramedic or Primary Care Paramedic as of the day they apply. If you don't currently hold those qualifications then we look forward to receiving your application for future opportunities. 

What are the details of the minimum vision and hearing standards (as per NFPA 1582)?

Minimum vision and hearing standards are:

On audiometric testing, average hearing loss in the unaided better ear greater than 40 decibels (dB) at 500 hertz (Hz), 1,000 Hz, 2,000 Hz and 3,000 Hz when the audiometric device is calibrated to ANSI Z24.5, Audiometric Device Testing

Far visual acuity less than 20/0 binocular, corrected with contact lenses or spectacles, or far visual acuity less than 20/100 binocular for wearers of heard contacts or spectacles uncorrected.

For more details, see Disqualifying Conditions see Section 6.4 and 6.5.

How many demerit points are acceptable on my driving record?

No more than six (6) demerit points are allowed. A current driver’s abstract is required upon offer of employment. 

Do new Paramedics only work on the ambulances?

No. Firefighter/Medics are assigned to fire apparatus or the ambulance on a rotating basis.

I am a registered PCP/ACP in another province. Am I still qualified to apply?

You must meet the full registration requirements of the Alberta College of Paramedics to apply. Please visit the ACP website for further information -  Labour Mobility (Out-of-Province)

Out of province applicant pursuing a labour mobility application must be fully registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an Advanced Care Paramedic or Primary Care Paramedic by the date of the panel interviews (approximately mid June 2023)

How many ambulances are provided by your department?

St. Albert provides two ALS ambulances.


I have already passed the U of A Physical Fitness Test. Will you accept my results?

Well done! If you've already successfully passed the U of A Physical Fitness Test, then we will accept any results that were achieved within the last 6 months for an active competition.  You will need to request a results transfer throught the University of Alberta and more details will be shared about this as that phase of the competition approaches.

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Last edited: April 8, 2024