Firefighter Recruitment

Considering a career as a firefighter?

Fire and EMS services from Strathcona County and City of Spruce Grove have joined efforts and will conduct a regional recruit in September 2020. 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 September 2020. Resumes will only be accepted during this time. The joint recruit includes Strathcona County and City of Spruce Grove. Applications for the recruit will only be accepted via on-line applications. 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 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 2020 (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).

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 Timelines

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

  • Competition opens – September 2020

  • Closing date – September 2020

  • University of Albert Firefighter Fitness Testing – October 2020 - on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. The candidate is responsible for paying for this exam.

  • Mechanical Reasoning Test – TBD. Measures an individual’s understanding of the principles of mechanics.

  • Medical Knowledge Testing– TBD. 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 – TBD. 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(s) of Employment – TBD

  • Pre-employment Medical Assessment and Drug Screening – TBD. 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 – Spring 2021

Please note that all dates are subject to change.

How do I apply?

Visit sprucegrove.org/careers 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
Cindy Moretti - HR Business Partner for Protective Services
cmoretti@sprucegrove.org