Considering a career as a firefighter?

Last updated: Apr. 11, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Interested in filling a pair of our boots as a full time fire fighter / paramedic?

If you are looking for a rewarding career as part of a supportive team with a family atmosphere, we want to hear from you. The time is now to make a change and start your new adventure with Spruce Grove Fire Services.

Fire and EMS services from Strathcona County, City of St. Albert and City of Spruce Grove have joined efforts and will conduct a regional recruit from January 16 to February 22, 2017. Qualified candidates interested in working for a fully integrated fire and EMS service will have the opportunity to submit their resume during the active recruit.

The joint recruit competition opens January 16, and closes February 22, 2017. Resumes will only be accepted during this time. The joint recruit includes Strathcona County, City of St. Albert and City of Spruce Grove. Applications for the current recruit are being accepted online only. No paper applications will be accepted.

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, City of St. Albert and 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. Complete a self-evaluation questionnaire PDF.

Things to consider before applying

Before you submit your firefighter application, take the time to learn all you can about the job and requirements PDF. 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 at 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.

Minimum qualifications for applying to be a Firefighter

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

You must have one of the following certifications:

  • Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
  • Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP), with NFPA 1001-Level II
  • 2nd year Advanced Care Paramedic student
  • Primary Care Paramedic (PCP), with NFPA 1001-Level II

And the following minimum qualifications must be met:

  1. Hold a High School Diploma or GED.
  2. Currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) or Primary Care Paramedic (PCP).
  3. Hold a valid Class 4 drivers license.
  4. Have the ability to successfully obtain, and maintain, a vulnerable sector police information check.
  5. Ability to pass physical and medical standards, including eyesight and audible, as outlined in the NFPA standard.
  6. Driver's abstract with six demerits or fewer.
The following qualifications are preferred, but not mandatory:
  1. A valid Class 3 drivers license and Air Brake (Q) endorsement (a condition of employment)
  2. Current ITLS certification.
  3. Current PALS certification.
  4. Current ACLS certification.

Please refer to the list of pre-existing medical conditions PDF which would be considered disqualifying.

Recruiting timelines

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

  • Competition opens - January 16, 2017
  • Closing date -February 22, 2017
  • Personality and mechanical reasoning test - March 6, 2017. These tests cover a broad range of skills and abilities that have been identified as important to our services. These include general memory, mathematical, basic educational, reading comprehension, interpreting tables, situational judgement, logical reasoning, mechanical, spatial sense and vocabulary skills. This test takes 1 hour.
  • Physical agility exam - Week of March 27, 2017. The candidate is responsible for paying for this exam.
  • Medical knowledge testing - Week of May 1, 2017. 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 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 interviews - Week of May 29, 2017. 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 - Week of June 19, 2017.
  • Medical evaluations and drug screening - Week of June 26, 2017. 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 - August 14, 2017

How to apply

Applications can be submitted online by applying for one of our current job opportunities.

Questions

City of Spruce Grove
cmoretti@sprucegrove.org Email