Regional Firefighter / Medic Recruitment

2021/2022 Regional Recruitment Campaign

Fire and EMS Services from the City of St. Albert, City of Spruce Grove and Strathcona County have joined efforts to conduct a regional recruitment campaign. Qualified candidates interested in working for a fully integrated fire and EMS service will have the opportunity to submit their applications during the active advertising period of September 1 to 30, 2021.  The application period has now come to a close and candidates will be notified if they being invited to the next phases of the process.

Please note: information collected through this recruitment including results of testing will be shared between the City of St. Albert, Strathcona County and the City of Spruce Grove and their delegates. 

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. Our dedicated teams of emergency services professionals 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!

Things to Consider Before Applying

Before you submit your 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 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.
  • 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.

See Disqualifying Medical Conditions

Complete a Self-evaluation Questionnaire

Review the Duties of a Firefighter

Learn More About the University of Albert Firefighter Fitness Test

Qualifications for applying to be a Firefighter / Medic

You must meet the following minimum qualifications on the date you submit your application.

One of the following is required:

  • Registered Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
  • 2nd year Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) or graduate of a recognized ACP, students registered as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) that will be writing the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) no later than November 17, 2021 (must successfully pass the exam).
  • Registered Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and have a NFPA 1001 - Level I & II certification (certification must be held on the date of application)

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

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 Primary Care Paramedic (PCP). Proof of registration must be provided upon application. 
  • Hold a valid Class 4 drivers licence. A valid Class 3 drivers licence and Air Brake (Q) endorsement must be completed by start date and is a condition of employment.  This will be provided in the form of a driver's abstract demonstrating a satisfactory driving record with six demerits or fewer.
  • 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.

The following qualifications are preferred, but not mandatory:

  • Emergency medical/fire response work experience
  • Current ITLS certification.
  • Current PALS certification.
  • Current ACLS certification.

Certified Advanced Care Paramedics will receive training for NFPA 1001. Dependent on the department, successful applicants that have their PCP and NFPA 1001 will be given training to become a certified Advanced Care Paramedic.

Recruitment Process / Timelines

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

Competition Application Period - September 1 - 30, 2021

Firefighter Aptitude Test – Saturday October 16 or Sunday, October 17, 2021
This is a two hour test that measures candidates’ understanding of oral, reading and written information, numerical skills, maps, diagrams, mechanical reasoning and teamwork/public relations. Candidates are assigned a time slot on one of the testing days.

Location: The Kings University, 9125-50 Street, Edmonton Alberta   Kings Campus Map

University of Albert Firefighter Fitness Test – November 5 - 10, 2021
The candidate is responsible for paying for the cost of this test. For details, please visit the University of Alberta Firefighter Fitness Testing webpage   

Medical Knowledge Test - December 1, 2, 3 or 4, 2021
Candidates attend a half-day test which includes 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 at 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 Interview – The week of January 10 - 14, 2022.
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 Offers of Employment – Late January 2022

Pre-employment Medical Assessment and Drug Screening – February 2022
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 – March 28, 2022

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

Collective Bargaining Agreements

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

Collective Agreement - Strathcona County and IAFF Local 2461

Collective Agreement - City of Spruce Grove and IAFF Local  3021

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?

All applications will be collected through one location, and the cover letter and resume of qualified applicants will be circulated among the three participating departments: the City of St. Albert Strathcona County and the City of Spruce Grove. One of the benefits of the Regional Recruitment is that candidates only need to apply once. This will yield a savings in time and money, as each phase of testing will also only be conducted once as well. 

You can only apply during the recruitment campaign posting period of September 1 to September 30, 2021 via the City of St. Albert Job Opportunities page: www.stalbert.ca/employment 

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 fee ($388) associated with this test.  

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 at a later phase of the recruitment process. 

How many vacancies are being filled?

There are approximately 20 positions available among the three departments. The number of positions may change by the time offers to the successful candidates are made. The departments may utilize the competition after it has been completed to hire candidates from an eligibility list that will be established until the next recruitment.

Do new Paramedics only work on the ambulances?

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

I have my NFPA 1001 and 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)

How many ambulances are provided by each department?

St. Albert provides two ALS ambulances.

Strathcona County provides four ALS ambulances.

Spruce Grove Fire Services provides two ALS ambulances.


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Last edited: October 15, 2021