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Firefighter Recruitment

We will be accepting applications for our firefighter pre-screening process between May 1 - 31, 2018. Beginning May 1, 2018, you will see an apply button that will link you to our application form. This intake period will help the department create a pool of potential candidates for future recruit classes.

Becoming a firefighter is competitive and the pre-screening process has multiple steps with the online application being the first step. Only applicants that meet the minimum qualifications will be considered.

Were you unable to attend our information sessions in person? Watch our  video information session.

Are you looking for other career opportunities within the City of Calgary or with the Calgary Police Service?
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A career as a firefighter

Firefighting can be a challenging, exciting, and fulfilling career.

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What do I need to know to apply?

Applying to be a firefighter is competitive and has multiple steps.

Pre-screening standards

We have very high standards and we work hard to meet them in everything we do. These standards are evident in the ways we:

  • Strive to build an applicant pool that reflects the diversity of the citizens we serve.
  • Use an unbiased and rigorous pre-screening process to narrow the pool.
  • Select only those candidates who show integrity and a passion for community service.

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Rolemodels and leaders

Our firefighters represent the Calgary Fire Department and The City of Calgary. They are role models and leaders within our organization and the community. We pre-screen for individuals who take that responsibility very seriously and who pursue excellence in their daily activities.

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It’s not for everyone

This profession is not suited to everyone; desire alone does not guarantee a good career fit. The daily pressures, emotional strain and dangers separate it from any other career.

Explore to gain a clear understanding of the job and to conduct a self-evaluation.

Hair and jewelry standards

Firefighters are expected to represent the City and the Department in a professional manner. In addition to maintaining a professional image, CFD has put policies in place, including those regarding hair, jewelry and esthetics, with the goal of providing the highest level of safety. The full policies will be provided to applicants while in the pre-screen process. If you have specific questions, you may email us directly at

If you are currently in our process, log in here to update your online applicant file.

Need to contact us?

To ask questions about firefighter recruitment and our pre-screening process, use the e-mail address below. For all other Fire Department related calls, phone 3-1-1 or click here.
Monday to Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We’re closed weekends and statutory holidays.