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If you have any questions about Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, firefighting in general, or the firefighting recruitment process, you can now speak directly with a firefighter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2023 Recruitment Process
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 are based on the applicant’s performance 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 January 1 - 31, 2023 through the City of Edmonton careers page, for potential recruit classes to be hired the following year.
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
Ability to carry out orders combined with the capacity to assess and act on own initiative and work effectively as part of a team.
Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders; excellent interpersonal, time management, and customer service skills.
Awareness and ability to communicate inclusively and respectfully with diverse community members.
Embraces and actively promotes the behaviour and values of an inclusive, diverse and respectful work environment.
Recognition of the importance of mental health, and an attitude of empathy, respect and support for those facing mental health challenges.
Ability to engage in periods of intense and sustained physical activity. Ongoing commitment to physical fitness as well as mental and emotional health and resilience.
A practical understanding of a wide range of subjects related to fire, rescue, dangerous goods, building construction and EMS, including the ability to operate and understand the operation of mechanical equipment is considered an asset.
Previous firefighting or emergency response experience is considered an asset.
Experience working or volunteering in your community or with racialized people and other equity-seeking groups is considered an asset.
Knowledge and ability to navigate through a second language or sign language is considered an asset.
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.
As City of Edmonton employees (working for Fire Rescue Services), there’s no question that our roles are diverse, our backgrounds are distinct and our responsibilities are unique. All City work aligns to our corporate promise. The City is guided by 5 Cultural Commitments:
Safe - We value, respect and protect the physical, mental and emotional well-being of each other and those we serve.
Helpful - We care about people’s experiences. We work with them and for them to seize opportunities, address challenges and deliver outstanding service.
Accountable - We are trusted and empowered to embrace our responsibility for our actions, decisions and behaviours.
Integrated - We get the best results when we align our diverse ideas, knowledge and efforts in shared purpose.
Excellent - We perform to our highest standard. We passionately pursue innovation and continuously improve ourselves, our teams and our city.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services’ vision is “to make Edmonton a safer, more livable city by providing the best fire service in North America.” To help achieve this vision, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has identified 6 vision dimensions:
Organization and Leadership Development - Ensure that Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is equipped to perform both modernized operational and leadership roles.
Workplace Safety, Mental and Physical Health and Well-being - Build on existing strengths within Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and focus on proactively addressing challenges (especially those related to mental health) at the root-cause level.
Workplace Culture and Employee Experience - Support and foster a culture that promotes traditions and values that contribute to citizen-focused service and expectations, models sound leadership principles, and contributes to the accomplishment of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services’ mission.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - Address known issues in a systematic way, at the root-cause level.
Date- and Research-Informed Service Innovation - Use data to improve the allocation of resources, reduce risk exposure for frontline staff, and innovate how Edmonton Fire Rescue Services' approaches work.
Community Connections and Relationships - Strengthen our role and relationship to the community.
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
Maps, diagrams and mechanical reasoning
Teamwork and public speaking
Applicants (by invitation only) will be advised of the day and time of the virtual aptitude test. The test is typically scheduled in March or April. 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 email@example.com by February 28. 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.
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 University of Alberta will be required prior to participating in the physical fitness test. About the Test.
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, 2022. This date may be extended at the discretion of the Fire Chief.