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Firefighter/EMT Recruitment

The firefighter recruitment information is subject to change. Updates or revisions will be posted as they become available.

To see current available job opportunities with the Regional Municipality of Wood buffalo, please visit the Employment Opportunities page.

The recruitment and selection process:

I. Qualifications

  • NFPA 1001 Level I and II; (Pro Board or IFSAC certified)
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalency
  • Current Emergency Medical Technician Certification
  • Valid Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR) Certification
  • Valid Class 4 Alberta Driver’s License or equivalent out of province


  • Valid Class 3 Alberta Driver’s License (with Q endorsement) or equivalent out of province

Candidates will need to be registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an EMT-A or EMT-P prior to hire date.

Candidates must apply directly to the open posting for Firefighter EMT or Firefighter EMT-Paramedic prior to the closing date. Unsolicited applications are not accepted.

II. Aptitude Test

The multiple choice test is timed at two hours and will assess reading comprehension and vocabulary, logical reasoning, mechanical aptitude, spatial orientation and the applicant’s ability to understand and process job-related information. Applicants will be notified of their test results within one hour of completion of the test.

Only applicants who meet the minimum competency score will be considered for advancement to the Physical Fitness Test.

III. Physical Fitness Testing

View Physical Fitness Test Description

Fire Rescue candidates are tested for physical fitness to ensure they possess necessary firefighter physical capabilities. The Alberta Sport Development Centre at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre administers this physical evaluation program.

All candidates who pass the physical will have their scores evaluated. Only the highest ranked candidates will proceed to the interview stage of the process.

Each test requires a maximal effort. All of the tests are completed while wearing firefighting personal protective equipment (PPE) that weighs approximately 22 kg (50 lb). This ensemble includes: flash-hood, gloves, pants, boots, jacket and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). You will not breathe from the SCBA, but you must carry it. For safety during both the treadmill test and job-related test, running shoes are substituted for firefighting boots.

After completing the treadmill test, you will rest for 60 minutes before starting an orientation to the job-related performance tests. The orientation to the job-related tests consists of a “walk-through” session to practice each of the tasks. This will take approximately 30 minutes and will familiarize you with testing procedures and provides a suitable warm-up for the demanding tests that follow. Each test is followed by a rest period of 3 minutes for recovery and hydration. You are not permitted to leave the testing area or remove the PPE during the rest periods.

IV. Interview

Employees from the Regional Emergency Services and Human Resources Departments will conduct an interview designed to measure the candidate's:

a) technical skills
b) communication skills
c) interpersonal skills
d) job suitability

At the time of interview candidates must provide the following documentation in a sealed envelope:

a) Driver's abstract within the last 30 days, with no more than 3 safety infractions within the last three years
b) Photocopy of current driver’s license
c) Criminal Record check with the Vulnerable Sector check completed by your local police detachment within the last 30 days
d) Proof of education (certificates or transcripts)
e) Proof of training certifications (NFPA, CPR, EMR, EMT-A, EMT-P, etc.)

V. Reference Checks

Applicants are required to provide three (3) work-related supervisory references (at least one from current/most recent employer) at the interview stage of the process. Recent graduates from fire or medical programs may also submit Instructors as references. Your references will be asked to rate you based on their experiences with you as an employee. They will also be asked to provide their assessments of you in your present and/or past employment.

Your references will be asked to rate you based on their experiences with you as an employee. They will also be asked to provide their assessments of you in your present and/or past employment.

VI. Background Check

Candidate’s background, including personal, work, and criminal history will be evaluated. The documentation provided at the interview will be evaluated prior to any offer of employment being made.

VII. Pre-Employment Medical

Candidates will be required to successfully pass a medical examination conducted by physician chosen by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

This examination ensures candidates meet the minimum vision and hearing standards. Additionally, it ensures candidates do not suffer from a health condition that may affect their ability to perform firefighter duties in a safe manner.

Should you have any questions, contact Training at 780-792-5500.

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