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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.

Recruitment Process

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

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.

Recruitment Information Session Videos

For More Information

Human Resources - Fire Rescue Services


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