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Firefighting is a challenging, demanding, exciting and fulfilling career.

The recruitment process 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.

2017 Information Session on October 21

Edmonton Fire Rescue is holding a Information Session for anyone interested in becoming a firefighter.

Date: October 21, 2017
Time: 11:30am-4pm
Location: Training School,
10420 157 Street NW

Attendees must Pre-register via Eventbrite
Space is limited. Attendees must be 18 years and older.

The event will begin with an opportunity for you to network with fire personnel and view equipment demonstrations. Following this, you will then rotate through six concurrent information sessions:

  • Fire Rescue Services Recruitment Process Overview
  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Medical First Responder (MFR) Requirements and Job Related Testing
  • Fire Rescue Services Training School and Firefighting as a Career
  • Health, Wellness & Mental Health Session
  • Equipment Demonstrations (Outdoors) - Please dress for the weather

Please arrive by 11:30am to sign-in. The sessions will begin at 12pm. Parking will be available in the field behind the Fire Training School. Parking Marshals will be onsite to direct you.

Recruitment Process

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


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

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Obtaining and maintaining a City Driver's permit is a requirement of this position; an overall satisfactory Driver's record is required. 
  • Hire is dependent upon a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check
  • Good physical fitness is required - evaluated at fitness test stages
  • Ability to understand and communicate clearly and concisely in English under stressful conditions

Certifications / Licences Required*

You must upload the following documentation (including proof of registration/enrollment) as part of your application, please upload ONLY the following documents (no additional documents are to be uploaded) Documents from previous/other applications will not be considered. 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum Valid Alberta Class 3 driver’s licence with Air Brake Endorsement (or provincial equivalent).
  • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) certificate or Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) certificate.  Certificates must be valid for 18 months from your application date. Applicants who do not meet the 18 month margin will be given the opportunity to recertify as follows; if your certificate expires on or before December 31, 2018, you must provide proof of registration as part of your application. For those applicants whose certificate expires after December 31, 2018,­ you will be required to provide proof of registration prior to the interview portion of this process.

And one of the following certifications: 

  • Certified NAIT Medical First Responder (MFR) 80 hrs Advanced Fire Aid Alberta (AFA) OHS approved course 
  • Certified St. John Ambulance Advanced First Aid (AFA) 80 hrs AFA Alberta OHS approved course
  • Certified Red Cross Advanced First Aid (AFA) 80 hrs AFA Alberta OHS approved course
  • Current Emergency Medical Responder, or EMT-A or EMT-P Certification (Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) approved)
  • Advanced First Aid Courses or higher levels of medical training of minimum 80 hour certification with are not listed above may be approved after review. 

Any of the above certifications must be issued within the previous 36 months of your application to this position. *Current ACP registration not required. 

Applications will be accepted from March 1-31, 2018 through the City of Edmonton Jobs page for potential recruit classes to be hired in 2019.

  • Motivated with well-developed interpersonal and team skills
  • Ability to effectively operate under the realities of emergency situations
  • Strong work ethic


Tests (dates are subject to change)

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

If the applicant does not pass any one portion of the aptitude exam, they will be removed from consideration.

Applicants will be advised of the location and time of the aptitude test. The aptitude test must be written on location in Edmonton; no out-of-town or supervised exams will be allowed.

A non-refundable $50 money order, payable to the City of Edmonton, will be required at time of writing. Cheque or cash will not be accepted.

There will be no re-writes. A grouping of the highest-ranked applicants will advance to the next stage of the recruitment process.

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 Physical Education and Recreation administers this test.

Physical Fitness Test

Panel Interview

September 2018 - October 2018

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

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

Station Assessment

October 2018 - December 2018

Applicants will be assessed by a crew after spending approximately eight hours with the Fire Rescue Services crew.

Only applicants who meet the requirements of the Station Assessment will be considered for advancement to the next stage of the process.


Eligiblity List

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) determines the number of applicants to be placed on an eligibility list based on staffing requirements. Applicants are placed on the list according to their performance in the previous steps. The eligibility list will be valid until December 31, 2019. This date may be extended at the discretion of the Fire Chief.

Once EFRS determines the need for a recruit class, successful candidates will be notified.

The following steps will then be implemented:

  • Medical Assessment
  • Reference Checks
  • Threshold Knowledge Test
  • Peer Fitness Assessment and Job-related Test
  • Orientation and Mask Fit
  • Offer of Employment
  • Recruit Training Program

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.

For More Information

Human Resources - Fire Rescue Services


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