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Firefighter/Emergency Services Personnel Regional Recruitment

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 to 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 application period of January 16 - February 19, 2019.

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.

Apply to the 2019 Firefighter/Emergency Services Personnel Campaign

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.

Complete a Self-evaluation Questionnaire

Review the Duties of a Firefighter

Minimum Qualifications for applying to be a Firefighter/Emergency Services Personnel

One of the following is required:

  • Registered Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
  • 2nd-year Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) student, registered as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP), that will be writing the Provincial Registration Exam no later than June 23, 2019 (must successfully pass the exam)
  • Registered Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and hold NFPA 1001 - level I & II Certification (certification must be achieved by the date of application)

NOTE: Out of province applicants with provisional registration with Alberta College of Paramedics (pursuing a Labour Mobility application) may be considered; full registration is required by the date of interview.


  • Current registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) or Primary Care Paramedic (PCP). 
  • Hold a valid Class 4 drivers license. A valid Class 3 drivers license and Air Brake (Q) endorsement must be obtained by the start date. This will be confirmed in the form of a driver's abstract demonstrating a satisfactory driving record with six demerits or fewer.
  • Ability to successfully obtain, and maintain, a vulnerable sector police information check. 
  • Ability to pass physical and medical standards, including eyesight and audible, as outlined in the NFPA standard.

The following qualifications are preferred, but not mandatory:

  • Emergency medical/fire response work experience
  • 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 – January 16, 2019
  • Closing date – February 19, 2019
  • University of Alberta Firefighter Fitness Testing – March 11 - 29, 2019 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.
    Candidates are responsible for paying for this exam.
  • Mechanical Reasoning Test – April 25, 2019
    Measures candidates’ understanding of principles of mechanics.
  • Medical Knowledge Testing – Week of May 6, 2019
    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.
  • Behavioural Based Panel Interviews – Week of May 27 to May 31, 2019
  • 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(s) of employment – July 2019
  • Pre Employment Medical Assessments and Drug Screening – July 2019
    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 – September 3, 2019

2019​ Firefighter/Emergency Services Personnel Selection Process

Frequently Asked Questions

Labour Mobility Comparison

If you have any questions please contact:

Brian Jewer
Human Resources Business Partner

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: April 26, 2019

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