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Firefighter Recruitment

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

Applications for our Recruit Firefighter pre-screening are now closed

Currently we are processing applications previously received. No further applications will be accepted in 2020. Please check back on this page for future competitions, possibly in 2021.

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.

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.

Role models 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.

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.