Firefighting is a challenging, demanding, exciting, and fulfilling career that goes beyond physical ability. It also encompasses:

  • Effective communication abilities
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Commitment to customer service
  • Empathy
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Effective teamwork
  • Resilience

The recruitment process for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is competitive, multi-stepped and extensive. Candidates who move successfully through all stages of the process are placed on an eligibility list for consideration to be hired as a firefighter. Advancement and placement is based on the applicant’s performances in each stage.

Due to Edmonton Fire Rescue Services' lengthy application process, among other reasons, we will be accepting applications for next year's recruitment cycle before finishing the hiring process for this year. This is a typical occurrence and consistent with hiring practices from previous years. Applications will be accepted between May 1-31, 2021 through the City of Edmonton Jobs page, for potential recruit classes to be hired the following year.

The 2020 Eligibility list is still valid, and although we cannot guarantee anything at this time, Recruit Class 153 is projected to start training on August 31, 2021.

The 2021 Recruitment Process

A flow chart providing an overview of the firefighter recruitment process

Before You Apply


Details and dates will be updated and may be subject to change.

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
  • It is a requirement to obtain and maintain a City Driver's permit
  • An overall satisfactory driver's record is required upon hire
  • Hire is dependent upon a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check
  • Good physical fitness is required and is evaluated at the fitness test stage
  • Ability to understand and communicate clearly and concisely in English under stressful conditions


Required Certifications and Licences

You must upload the following documentation as part of your application. Documents from previous/other applications will not be considered. Please view/print this checklist of required documents prior to applying.  Proof of enrolment will not be accepted.

Please upload ONLY the following documents:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum valid Alberta Class 3 Drivers' Licence with Air Brake Endorsement (or provincial equivalent) - due at time of hire

Plus, a minimum requirement of one of the following certifications valid at time of application:

  • Certified 80 hours Advanced First Aid Alberta (AFA) OHS approved course or provincial equivalent
  • Certified Medical Responder (MFR) — 80 hours AFA/OHS approved course
  • Current Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Primary Care Paramedic (PCP or EMT or EMT-A), or Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP or EMT-P) certification
  • Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) registration or provincial equivalent 
  • Bachelor of Nursing with active registration with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) or provincial equivalent
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with active registration with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) or provincial equivalent
  • Motivated with well-developed interpersonal and team skills
  • Ability to effectively operate under the realities of emergency situations
  • Strong work ethic

Recruitment Process Overview

It is the applicant’s responsibility to address all the requirements, meet deadlines and be available to attend scheduled assessment dates.

During the process, applicants are responsible for the accuracy of the information they provide. If confirmation is received that information was withheld, falsified or misrepresented by any source, applicants will not be considered for employment. A confirmed misrepresentation could lead to an offer of employment being rescinded and/or dismissal at any point during employment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Aptitude Test

To succeed in the demanding fire-rescue environment, firefighters must have specific skills. The aptitude test content areas are:

  • Understanding oral information
  • Reading and understanding written information
  • Numerical skills
  • Maps, diagrams and mechanical reasoning
  • Teamwork and public relations

Applicants (by invitation only) will be advised of the location and time of the aptitude test. This test must be written on location in Edmonton, and is typically scheduled in April or May. No out-of-town or supervised exams will be allowed, and there will be no rewrites.

A non-refundable $50 payment to the City of Edmonton will be required prior to writing the exam. 

We are an equal opportunity employer.  We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. If you need to request an accommodation for writing the Firefighter Aptitude Test you must provide the appropriate documentation to by May 31. All documentation needs to be current (within 5 years from the date of application), from a qualified professional, and detail the accommodation requirements as they relate to employment as a firefighter. 


Physical Fitness Test

Applicants' physical fitness is tested to ensure they possess the physical capabilities necessary for firefighting. The University of Alberta's Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation administers this test. For additional information about the U of A Firefighter Testing visit UAB.CA/FireTest.

A non-refundable $388.50 payment to the City of Edmonton will be required prior to participating in the physical fitness test. Learn more.

Panel Interview

Interviews will be conducted by representatives from Fire Rescue Services and Human Resources.

A grouping of the highest-ranked applicants will advance to the Resume Evaluation stage, based on performance in the Aptitude Test, Physical Fitness Test and Panel Interview.

Resume Evaluation

Successful applicants will then have their resumes undergo a comprehensive resume evaluation through a GBA+ trained review panel.

Applicants who have their resumes short-listed will be considered for advancement to the next stage.

Eligibility List

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services determines the number of applicants to be placed on an eligibility list based on the outcomes from the recruitment process. The eligibility list will be valid until December 31, 2021. This date may be extended at the discretion of the Fire Chief.

Recruit Class / Medical

Successful candidates will be notified when Edmonton Fire Rescue Services determines the need for a recruit class.

The following steps will then be implemented: