Firefighting is a challenging, demanding, exciting and fulfilling career.
The recruitment process for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) 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 is based on the applicant’s performances in each stage.
Applications will be accepted from March 1-31, through the City of Edmonton Jobs page, for potential recruit classes to be hired the following year.
Your application can only be considered if it is complete.
Please take the time necessary to ensure you have filled out every part correctly and have the appropriate qualifications prior to submitting. If you have applied in the past, make sure to re-submit any necessary documentation.
Before You Apply
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 upon hire
- 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 (valid proof of registration/enrolment is accepted) 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. Please view/print this checklist of required documents prior to applying.
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Minimum Valid Alberta Class 3 Driver's Licence with Air Brake Endorsement (or provincial equivalent)
And one of the following certifications:
- Certified 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 (EMR), Primary Care Paramedic (PCP or EMT or EMT-A), or Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP or EMT-P) Certification (programs must be approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics)
- Advanced First Aid courses or higher levels of medical training of minimum 80 hour certification which are not listed may be approved after review
Any of the above certifications must be issued within the previous 36 months from the date of hire (estimated September). *Current ACP registration not required, however valid ACP certification will be accepted in place of the required issue date*
- Motivated with well-developed interpersonal and team skills
- Ability to effectively operate under the realities of emergency situations
- Strong work ethic
It is the applicant’s responsibility to address all the requirements, meet deadlines and be available to attend scheduled assessment dates.
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
Applicants (by invitation only) will be advised of the location and time of the aptitude test. The aptitude test must be written on location in Edmonton, and is typically scheduled in April or May. No out-of-town or supervised exams will be allowed, and there will be no re-writes.
A non-refundable $50 payment to the City of Edmonton will be required prior to writing.
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. The physical fitness tests is usually scheduled between June and August.
A non-refundable $367.50 payment to the City of Edmonton will be required prior to participating in the physical fitness test.
Physical Fitness Test
Interviews will be conducted by representatives from Fire Rescue Services and Human Resources from July to September.
A grouping of the highest-ranked applicants will advance to the Station Assessment stage, based on performance in the Aptitude Test, Physical Fitness Test and Panel Interview.
Applicants will be assessed by a crew after spending approximately 8 hours with the Fire Rescue Services crew between October to December.
Only applicants who meet the requirements of the Station Assessment will be considered for advancement to the next stage.
EFRS 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, 2020. 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:
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.