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 September 1 to September 30, 2021.

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: https://stalbert.ca/cosa/careers/emergency-services

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.

One of the following is required:

  • Registered Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)

  • 2nd year Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) students, registered as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP), that will be writing the Provincial Registration Exam in no later than December 2021 (must successfully pass the exam).

  • Registered Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and hold NFPA 1001 Level I & II Certification (certification must be held on 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.

In addition to one of the qualifications listed above, you must meet the following mandatory conditions of employment:

  • 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 start date. 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.

  • 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

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 - September 1, 2021

Virtual Information Session - Mid September 2021
A virtual session will be held via Microsoft Teams to allow us to share information with candidates about a career in Emergency Services and details of this year's process. Registration will be required for this event (more information to come)

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

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Competition Closing Date – September 30, 2021

Firefighter Aptitude Test
 – Mid October 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.

University of Albert Firefighter Fitness Test
 – November 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 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.


Panel Interview
 – The week of January 10 - 14, 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
 – 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 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
Karen Harasymchuk - HR Business Partner 
kharasymchuk@sprucegrove.org