Firefighter / Medic Recruitment

2022 St. Albert Recruitment Campaign

With over 100 years of service to its credit, St. Albert Fire Services plays an integral role in shaping and serving our community. We are excited to be recruiting several new members to join our department in 2023!

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.

Please note that the application period for our current recruitment has come to a close as of October 11, 2022.

 

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 meet the following minimum qualifications on the date you submit your application:

  • Currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) or currently enrolled as a 2nd year Advanced Care Paramedic student. Preference may be given to those eligible to write the Advanced Care Paramedic Provincial Registration Examination in 2022.
  • 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.  

NOTE
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 by the date of the panel interviews (approximately December 2022)
 

Recruitment Process / Timelines

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

Competition Application Period - September 14 - October 11, 2022

Station Assessment – Tuesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 27 2022
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
Time: Approximately 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

University of Albert Firefighter Fitness Test – Mid to Late November, 2022
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 – December 2022

Conditional Offers of Employment – January 2023

Pre-employment Medical Assessment – January/February 2023
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 – Approximately late February 2023

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

Collective Bargaining Agreement

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

 

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.

Is this a regional recruitment?

No. This competition is to hire exclusively for St. Albert Fire and Emergency Services.

How do I apply?

You can only apply during the recruitment campaign posting period of September 14 to October 11, 2022 via the City of St. Albert Job Opportunities page: www.stalbert.ca/employment 

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, PCP or first year ACP student?

To be minimally qualified for this competition an applicant must be registered as an Advanced Care Paramedic or be in their 2nd year of studies as an Advanced Care Paramedic. 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. 

How many vacancies are being filled?

There are approximately 6 positions available. The number of positions may change by the time offers of employment are provided.  

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 by the date of the panel interviews (approximately December 2022)

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 from March 14, 2022 to present for this 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.

How can I prepare for the Firefighter Aptitude Test?

You can purchase a Candidate Preparation Manual and/or a Practice Test directly from the test vendor. 
Please note that the link and access to materials that you purchase is valid until October 25, 2022. 
If you are asked to enter a Zip Code, use 12345

Purchase prep material via the Candidate Resource Centre:  https://crc.cpshr.us/default.aspx?ID=Fire201180

Need technical support? Contact:

CPS HR – CRC
crcsupport@cpshr.us 
(t) 916.471.3538
M-F 8am-5pm (PST)

 A brief description of each product is provided below.

Candidate Preparation Manuals - $5 USD

Includes detailed recommendations on important concepts, such as the most effective test-taking strategies and methods, specific information about CPS HR test forms, and what to expect on the day of the test administration. Also includes several practice questions covering each section of the test, along with helpful tools, like a sample answer sheet and template test instructions for candidates to prepare before the day of the test.

Practice Tests - $15 USD

Simulates full-length versions of CPS HR tests and have been designed to replicate the look and feel of test-day material. Contains practice items across the same sections contained in our test forms. When candidates have completed the online practice exam, they will receive a breakdown of their scores by section. (Candidates will not receive a list of the questions and answers.) In addition, candidates can re-take the exam one additional time at no cost.


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Last edited: October 12, 2022