Firefighter Recruitment

Considering a career as a firefighter?

The Opportunity:
Fire and Emergency Services from the City of St. Albert, Strathcona County and the City of Spruce Grove have joined efforts to conduct a regional recruitment campaign. We are accepting applications from March 1 to March 31, 2022.

A career with a fully integrated fire and emergency medical service (EMS) 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 in the City of St. Albert, Strathcona County, 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.

Prior to submitting your application, we encourage you to review the information available on each municipality's website.
St. Albert: stalbert.ca/cosa/careers/emergency-services
Strathcona  www.strathcona.ca/council-county/careers/emergency-services-recruitment-information/regional-full-time-firefighter-recruit/

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 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.

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 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

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

  • Currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics as a Registered Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) or Registered Primary Care Paramedic (PCP). Proof of registration must be uploaded at the time of 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.

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.

The following qualifications are preferred, but not mandatory:

  • NFPA 1001 – Level I & II certification
  • Emergency medical/fire response work experience
  • Current ITLS certification
  • Current PALS certification
  • Current ACLS certification

Successful candidates 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.

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

Recruitment Process / Timelines:
This process usually takes six months to complete and includes the following steps:

Competition Application Period Begins - March 1, 2022

Virtual Information Session - March 17, 2022

To register, visit: Virtual Info Session - Firefighter/Paramedic Recruitment March 17th 12-1pm

The session focuses on:

  • Information about Emergency Services in Strathcona County, City of Spruce Grove and City of St. Albert
  • What it means to be a Firefighter/ Primary or Advance Care Paramedic within our community
  • The recruitment process and timelines
  • And offer an opportunity for questions and answers

If the video does not play, press the triangle button.

 

Competition Closing Date – March 31, 2022

Firefighter Aptitude Test
– Mid April 2022
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.

University of Albert Firefighter Fitness Test
– May 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.

Medical Knowledge Test
- June 2022
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.


Panel Interview
– Mid/end June 2022
Behavioural based interviews. 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
– July 2022
Pre-employment Medical Assessment and Drug Screening – July/August 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 – August 29, 2022

NOTE: All dates above are subject to change. As specific dates are confirmed, they will be updated on each municipality's Regional Recruitment webpage.


Note:
The City of Spruce Grove, City of St. Albert and Strathcona County are collaborating in a joint recruitment for Firefighter/Medic positions in order to increase efficiencies in terms of reducing recruitment costs and saving time for both the applicant and the municipalities. Information collected through this Regional Recruitment will be shared between selection committee members from the City of St. Albert, Strathcona County and the City of Spruce Grove.
All information collected will be retained by the City of St. Albert and in accordance with their Retention and Disposition Bylaw 2/2006. Records relating to the recruitment and selection of successful applicants will be transferred to the respective municipality and managed in accordance with their Records Management Bylaw.

How do I apply?

Visit  https://stalbert.ca/cosa/careers/emergency-services  to submit your application.

Questions?

If you have any questions about firefighter recruitment please read our FAQs . If you have any other questions about the recruitment process, please contact:

City of Spruce Grove
Rebecca Furry - HR Business Partner 
rfurry@sprucegrove.org