Leduc County

Firefighter recruitment

Leduc County Fire Services provides fire and rescue services to all residents and businesses within Leduc County.

Leduc County manages and operates the fire service in the Calmar, New Sarepta, Nisku and Thorsby fire districts, and relies on paid on-call firefighters to respond to calls in each of these districts.

Paid on-call firefighters protect citizens and property in a time of crisis. They respond to emergencies including, but not limited to, residential, rural and industrial fire calls, vehicle collisions, and airport response.

Paid on-call firefighters receive professional-level National Fire Protection Association training at no personal financial cost and gain valuable hands-on experience through training scenarios and emergency calls.

In addition to responding to emergency calls, firefighters must attend weekly training sessions and additional courses on most weekends for the first year and then as required, to maintain their skills.

Learn more about what it takes to be a paid on-call firefighter with Leduc County Fire Services by viewing the application package.

Leduc County accepts applications year round to fill vacancies, as needed.

Fire Services administration contact

Phone: 780-955-7099
Fax: 780-955-9401
Email: fireservices@leduc-county.com
Facebook: Leduc County Fire Services

Requirements

Leduc County Fire Services relies on its paid on-call firefighters to provide response 24 hours per day; therefore, it needs individuals who can respond during the day, in the evenings and/or on weekends.

  • The below requirements must be met to be considered for a paid on-call firefighter position with Leduc County Fire Services:
  • Live and/or work within 19 kilometres of a Leduc County Fire Services station (Calmar, New Sarepta, Nisku or Thorsby)
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s licence and their own transportation
  • Clean criminal record check
  • Clean driver’s abstract
  • Employer consent, if responding during work hours
  • Meet the department’s physical agility requirements
  • Attend training sessions one evening per week
  • Attend weekend courses and other training, as required, to maintain skills

Note: shift workers are welcome to apply, if they meet the above requirements.

Compensation and benefits

Paid on-call firefighters are compensated on an hourly basis for attending weekly training; compensation is not provided for the basic recruit course or other training courses.

In addition, paid on-call firefighters are compensated on an hourly basis for their time responding to emergency calls. The average emergency call lasts 75 minutes from the time the alarm rings to the time firefighters return to the fire station.

In addition, paid on-call firefighters receive the following:

  • Gear, equipment and uniforms
  • Access to training courses
  • Discounts at numerous facilities and retailers
  • Coverage under Workers’ Compensation Board
  • 24-hour accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Member and Family Assistance Program

Application process

Step 1: submit application

The application below provides Leduc County Fire Services with information on the applicant’s education, relevant training, work experience and current references. If the applicant intends to respond to calls from his/her workplace, employer consent is required.

Further, it is recommended that the applicant include a current driver’s abstract alongside his/her application; if not provided at this stage, the applicant must bring his/her driver’s abstract to the interview. A driver’s abstract is available from any vehicle registry office; the driver’s abstract must detail no more than seven demerits.

Applications will be reviewed by Leduc County Fire Services and a pool of candidates will be selected to proceed.

Note: If you are found to have falsified or intentionally misrepresented your credentials, your application file will be permanently closed and no future applications will be accepted from you.

Step 3: interview

Applicants that have been chosen for an interview will be contacted; applicants are required to bring the following items to his/her interview:

  • driver’s abstract (if not submitted with your application)
  • current criminal record check (vulnerable sector), available from local police detachment
  • current copy of your resume (optional)
  • any certificates and/or licenses you mentioned in your application

Note: Failure to bring the above items to the interview can result in cancellation of the interview.

Step 4: practical physical agility test

Applicants are required to participate in and successfully complete a practical physical agility test administered by Leduc County Fire Services. The practical physical agility test evaluates an applicant’s ability to perform basic firefighting tasks. The following tests will be completed while wearing standard gear (to be provided):

  • Carry two five-gallon pails (roughly 50 pounds each) roughly 70 feet in both directions
  • Drag two lengths of dry 65-millimetre hose 50 feet
  • Climb and descend hose tower ladder
  • Hoist and lower a 50-pound hose roll 31 feet in the air; control must be maintained throughout test
  • Go through a maze while wearing a black-out face mask

Disclaimer

Before beginning any exercise routine or aerobic fitness evaluation, it is essential you have an awareness of your ability to partake in physical activity. You are encouraged to review the Get Active Questionnaire developed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, which will help you decide whether or not to talk to a doctor before becoming more physically active; the form can be found here. Further, Leduc County Fire Services encourages you to consult your physician to determine if you are physically able to perform essential, entry-level firefighter job tasks.

To aid your physician in understanding the job tasks, a copy of the NFPA 1582 standard from the National Fire Protection Association can be found at nfpa.org. Please do not submit any medical information with your application.

Step 5: reference checks

Applicants are required to provide the names and contact information for three references, including one recent employment reference (current employer preferred), on his/her application. At this stage of the process, Leduc County Fire Services’ human relations coordinator will contact references for feedback.

Step 6: job offer

Following a successful interview, practical physical agility test and reference checks, successful applicants will be selected to enroll in recruit training.

Step 7: orientation

Successful applicants must attend an orientation session, in which the applicant will receive the following:

  • an overview of Leduc County Fire Services
  • an overview of Leduc County and Leduc County Fire Services policies and performance standards
  • an overview of Occupational Health and Safety
  • sizing for personal protective equipment

The orientation session is the official start of the one-year probationary period with the Leduc County Fire Services.

Step 8: recruit training

If you are accepted as a paid on-call firefighter recruit, you will complete a 12-week, 96-hour training program, which includes both theory and practical learning. At the end of the 12-week program, there will be a theory-based exam and a physical agility reassessment. Candidates failing to meet training standards may be released.

Firefighter application

Personal information

Employment information

General information

Employer reference

Personal references

A driver’s abstract is required by all applicants selected for an interview; if you do not attach a driver's abstract to your application, you will be required to bring one with you for your interview, if you are selected. Failure to provide a driver’s abstract could result in the cancellation of the interview.

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