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Firefighter Qualifications

Only the most qualified applicants will be chosen to move forward in the Firefighter pre-screening process.

What do I need to apply?

Before you apply, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have at least a High school diploma or equivalency
  • Have a valid Class 5 driver's license or provincial / territorial equivalent without a Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) status and with
    • less than 7 demerit points
    • no current or pending suspensions
  • Be at least 3 years clear from any criminal activity. This includes having no criminal charges pending before the courts
  • Have been granted a pardon or record suspension for any criminal convictions
  • Meet the soft drug use parameters below. Examples of soft drugs include, but are not limited to: marijuana edibles, hashish/hash, hash oil, mushrooms.
    • No more than one (1) soft drug usage within one (1) year of the application date
    • No more than three (3) soft drug usages within three (3) years of the application date
      • Legalized items will include cannabis oil, fresh cannabis, dried cannabis, cannabis plants, and cannabis plant seeds.
      • Edibles containing cannabis concentrates, including hash/hashish and hash oil, were not legalized on October 17, 2018. Use of these products will be assessed based on our current parameters of no more than one (1) soft drug use in the year prior to application and no more than three (3) soft drug uses in the three (3) years prior to application until such time as their use is legalized.
      • Recreational cannabis use, up to the date of legalization, will be assessed using the legislation in place prior to October 17, 2018.
      • Recreational cannabis use (excluding edibles containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates), after the date of legalization, will be assessed as it relates to operating a vehicle and all other legal restrictions (i.e.: age, possession, sale, and distribution). All applicants will be asked about incidents of impaired driving. If an applicant uses cannabis within three (3) hours (this timeline is subject to change) of operating a vehicle, we will consider them to have been in a state of impairment as recommended by the Canadian Public Health Association.
    • Medical cannabis use will continue to be reviewed during the CFD medical assessment that is conducted as a condition of a job offer, at Step 10 of the process.
  • Meet the hard drug use parameters below. Examples of hard drugs include, but are not limited to: steroids, cocaine, meth, fentanyl.
    • No hard drug use within three (3) years of the application date
  • Meet all our immunization requirements

To complete the pre-screening process, you must meet all of the medical and fitness requirements. You will also have to provide proof of having any item listed on this page.

How can I make my application stronger?

Our selection process is very competitive. If you have any of the skills or qualifications listed below, include them on your application to make it stronger.

  • Advanced First Aid certificate from any facility approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) or from a St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross provider (must still be valid at the time you apply).
    • We will also accept an EMR, EMT/PCP, or EMT-P/ACP certificate including a practice permit/license from the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) or equivalent provincial/territorial facility (must be valid at the time you apply).​
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider (HCP) level or a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate (must not have expired).
  • Alberta Class 1, 2, or 3 driver's license with Air Brake (Q) endorsement, or provincial equivalent (must not have expired).

    You do not need your Advanced First Aid, CPR-HCP/BLS, or professional driver’s license before you apply. Having them before you apply will make your application more competitive. You will need these qualifications in order to qualify for a Conditional Job Offer; Conditional Job Offers are generally presented ten weeks prior to the start date of a recruit training class.
  • Post-secondary diploma or degree
  • Journeyman Certificate
  • Firefighter training
  • Experience as a full-time firefighter; including military, seasonal, forestry, paid on call, volunteer
  • Experience in Emergency Services or uniformed Public Servant roles (Law Enforcement, EMS, Military, Corrections, Park Ranger, Peace Officer)
  • Cadet Program (Fire, Police, Sea, Air, Army, etc)
  • Volunteering and/or community involvement (unpaid positions not including firefighting)
  • Fluent in languages other than English

All costs for getting and renewing any licenses, certifications, and/or other designations are at the applicant’s expense.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​