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Firefighter Recruitment

At this time, we are not accepting applications as we have a large number of qualified applicants waiting to start training. We hire based on the needs of the department and will post updated information on this page when we begin accepting applications again.

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

On October 17, 2018, the Government of Canada will legalize the use of cannabis and cannabis-related products for adults (adult age is set by each province and territory). There will be regulations in place to protect youth, control amounts for personal possession, location of consumption, and crossing of borders. As a result of the new legislation, our soft drug use guidelines have changed. View our updated Firefighter Qualifications for more information.


Firefighter Career Information Session

On the evening of Thursday, February 21, 2019, the Calgary Fire Department is hosting an information session about a career in firefighting.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about what it takes to become a Calgary firefighter
  • learn about a career as a firefighter with the City of Calgary
  • get information about the Firefighter Pre-Screening Process
  • connect with Recruitment Officers to ask questions

Please note, this session is for information purposes only and not a call for applications.

Space is limited and interested participants must pre-register.

​​Pre-register now​​​


A career as a firefighter

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


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.

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.


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. To provide firefighters with the highest level of safety while maintaining a professional image, CFD has created the Complying to Hair & Jewelry Standards procedure and the Tattoos and Body Markings policy.

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.