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

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

Individuals must apply directly to the posting for Firefighter-PCP or Firefighter-ACP positions prior to the closing date. Unsolicited applications are not accepted. Recruitment information is subject to change. Updates or revisions to the process will be posted as they become available. 

The recruitment and selection process:

Prior to being considered for employment, individuals must successfully complete the recruitment and selection process outlined below.

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalency
  • NFPA 1001 Level I and II; (Pro Board or IFSAC certified)
  • Candidates must be registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics (AOCP) as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) or Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
  • Valid Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR) Certification
  • Valid Alberta Class 4 Driver’s Licence (with Q endorsement) or equivalent out of province required
  • Valid Alberta Class 3 Driver’s Licence (with Q endorsement) or equivalent out of province preferred
  • Criminal Record with Vulnerable Sector Check is required


I. Application Review

After completing the application online, a review will be conducted by Human Resources and Regional Emergency Services and applicants who meet the requirements listed in the posting may be invited to participate in the recruitment process. Proof of qualifications must be provided to Human Resources on or before the day of the interview. 

II. Aptitude Test

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

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

III. Physical Fitness Test

View Physical Fitness Test Description

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.

Each test requires maximum effort. All tests are completed while wearing firefighting personal protective equipment (PPE) that weighs approximately 22 kg (50 lbs.). 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.

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

IV. Interview

The interview panel consists of employees from the Regional Emergency Services and Human Resources departments. The interview is designed to measure the candidate's:

  • technical skills
  • communication skills
  • interpersonal skills
  • job suitability


At the time of interview candidates must provide the following documentation in two (2) unsealed envelopes:

Envelope #1

  • Proof of education (certificates or transcripts)
  • Proof of training certifications (NFPA with IFSAC or Pro Board seals, CPR, EMR, PCP, ACP, etc.)
  • Proof of Licensure with Alberta College of Paramedics
  • Photocopy of current driver’s licence
  • Driver’s abstract completed within the last 30 days, with no more than three safety infractions within the last three years
  • Criminal Record with the Vulnerable Sector Check completed by the local police detachment within the last 30 days


Envelope #2

1) Up to date record of immunizations for the following:
  • dTap (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) 
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Hepatitis A & B (TwinRx 3-step vaccine)
  • Varicella (chicken pox) titres to verify immunity
  • Mantoux (tuberculosis) test within 12 months or repeat single step test
  • Influenza vaccine annually


2) RES Recruitment Pre-Placement Medical Forms with supporting documentation, which would be provided to shortlisted candidates, including the following:
  • Signed Medical Waiver
  • Pre-placement Medical Assessment form
  • Audiometric (hearing) test results
  • Spirometry (lung function/pulmonary function) test
  • Vision test
  • Laboratory and other diagnostic testing included in the pre-placement medical assessment 

If you have a chronic medical condition, please ensure the appropriate medical form is completed (these forms are not required if there are no underlying health conditions).

*This list is subject to change. Medical information is not reviewed by the interview panel. A checklist will be provided to the candidate at the end of the interview to ensure all required documents are included in the envelope.

This envelope will be sealed by the candidate and provided to a physician for evaluation. 

V. Reference Checks

Candidates are required to provide three (3) work-related supervisory references (at least one from their current or most recent employer) at the interview stage of the process.

Recent graduates from fire or medical programs may also submit instructors as references. References will be asked to rate the candidate’s performance based on their experiences with them as an employee/student. 

VI. Background Check

Candidate’s background, including personal, work, and criminal history will be reviewed and evaluated. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at (780)743-0120

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