Frequently Asked Questions about Firefighter Recruitment

Yes. Each recruitment campaign is a separate process.

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

You can only apply during the recruitment campaign posting period of September 2021 via the City of Spruce Grove Career webpage:

A signed and witnessed copy of the Regional Information Sharing Consent Form must be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, otherwise it will not be considered for this recruitment.

There is no cost to submit your online application. If you are successful in reaching University of Alberta Firefighting Fitness Assessment you will be responsible for the fee associated with this test ($378.00).

When you apply to the Regional Firefighter Recruitment you are applying to both departments.

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.

Visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website for more information on NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, Chapter 6 – Medical Evaluations of Candidates.

No more than six (6) demerit points are allowed. A current driver’s abstract is required at a later phase of the recruitment process.

The number of positions may increase 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. 

  • Strathcona County Emergency Services provides four ALS ambulances.
  • Spruce Grove Fire Services provides two ALS ambulances.

No. Firefighter-Paramedics are assigned to fire apparatus or the ambulance on a rotating basis.

You must meet the full registration requirements for Paramedics to apply. Visit the Alberta College of Paramedics website the for more information.

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. 

Strathcona County, IAFF Local 2461

City of Spruce Grove, IAFF Local 3021

Based on feedback the Joint Regional Firefighter Recruitment Committee has received on the recruitment process in pervious years, the order of the testing and assessments have been adjusted. A review of each phase of the process was completed and it was determined that the physical testing is important to complete earlier in the process.


If you have further questions, please direct them to:

Strathcona County


City of Spruce Grove