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Full-time Firefighters

(Grande Prairie Fire Department)

The Grande Prairie Fire Department is a career fire service made up of sixty-eight (68) fire suppression personnel, four (4) fire prevention personnel, two (2) day staff positions and fifteen (15) dispatchers. GPFD is a well-equipped, innovative fire service that enjoys positive labour relations and strong support from Senior Administration and City Council.

GPFD is currently in a recruitment process to develop an eligibility list with the intent to fill upcoming vacancies as Firefighters.  The challenge is for career Firefighters to provide Fire Suppression, Medical Co-response and Specialized Rescue Services along with the delivery of Fire Prevention and Public Education Programs.

Successful candidates will have exceptional customer service skills; good written and verbal communication skills; a proven ability to work effectively within a team environment; show good initiative and innovation; be a quick learner and have the ability to teach others. Alignment with the City of Grande Prairie’s Guiding Beliefs is a critical element for success.

Qualifications include:

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Level 2 Certification; including NFPA 472 Awareness and Operations (From IFSAC or ProBoard Approved Institution)
  • One of the three following types of medical training; (NOTE: ACP registration is NOT required)
    • Approved Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Training Course or Proof of Provincial Equivalencies
    • Valid Advanced First Aid
    • NAIT MFR program certificate.
  • Class 4 and 3 Alberta Driver’s License with Air Brakes (Q) Endorsement or Equivalencies or Proof of Provincial Equivalencies.
  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalency

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have no criminal record and be legally entitled to work in Canada.  Additional training, experience, or education will be considered an asset.

The recruitment process will require successful candidates to undergo an aptitude test; a job-related physical fitness test; a number of interviews; a station assessment; a medical examination; job specific testing (swimming proficiency test, acrophobia test, claustrophobia test) and a Security Clearance.

If you meet the above qualifications, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter through our On-line application process. Your resume and/or cover letter must clearly indicate how you meet our minimum qualifications.

Please do not submit copies of documentation at this time. Those candidates invited to the Aptitude Test will be notified of the documentation they will be required to bring to the Aptitude Test.

NOTE: Only on-line applications (www.cityofgp.com) will be accepted for this competition. You must provide a valid email address that will be used in providing updates during the recruitment process.

The Firefighter recruitment process closes on May 25, 2018. Enquiries can be sent to: Kristina Purcha, Fire Administrative Coordinator, Phone (780) 538-3125, Email: gpfdadmin@cityofgp.com.

For further information or to see the recruitment timeline please visit:

2018 Recruitment Flowchart

2018 Recruitment Information

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We are proud of the community which we serve, and committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity - now you can take this opportunity for personal satisfaction in contributing to the provision of quality service by submitting your application.

Minimum Firefighter Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Valid Drivers License minimum class 3 and 4 with Air Brakes (Q Endorsement or Equivalencies)
  • No Criminal Record
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Level II Certification; including NFPA 472 Awareness and Operations (ProBoard and ISFAC Approved Institution) Seals
  • One of the following three types of medical training; Please note - ACP Registration is NOT required*
    • Approved Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Training Course or Proof of Provincial Equivalencies
    • Valid Advanced First Aid
    • NAIT MFR program certificate
  • Good Physical Fitness and pass a job related physical fitness test
  • Satisfactory medical which also includes:
    • Normal colour vision
    • Visual acuity of 20/30 or better in best eye and not less than 20/50 in weaker eye (aided or unaided)
    • No more than 30 decibels hearing loss in either ear average at 500 1000 2000 and 3000 C.P.S.

Employment with the City of Grande Prairie Fire Department offers an extremely challenging and rewarding career. Opportunities throughout the fire service may occur over time and can help to form an ongoing personal development program.

The Role of a Firefighter

A fully trained firefighter is a skilled professional who uses modern equipment, methods and techniques to undertake a range of activities associated with the preservation of life and property.

Each platoon, led by a Fire Officer, works as a team. As a member of a platoon, you will be required to work shift work, including evenings and weekends.

A firefighter should have the following characteristics and skills:

  • Proven ability to interact positively with team members, customers and those we serve
  • The physical strength and capacity for intense and sustained effort
  • ability to carry out orders at emergencies, combined with the capacity to assess and act on his/her own initiative and/or work effectively as a part of a team.
  • Practical understanding of a wide range of subjects related to fire hazards, including the ability to operate and understand the operation of mechanical equipment
  • Concern for the reduction of pain and suffering for victims of emergencies, combined with the personal characteristics including loyalty, dedication, and commitment to duty
  • Ability to perform firefighting duties during extremely taxing circumstances
  • Ability to learn new concepts, teach others, and to continuously improve performance.

The City of Grande Prairie is an equal opportunity employer and selects candidates on the basis of merit. We invite applications from qualified men and women.

A policy has been established whereby the applications for the position of Firefighter will be accepted within a specified time frame. The position is advertised in the local media and at fire related schools.

Various steps are followed in selecting applicants for the Firefighter position. These take place over a number of weeks and include the following:

  • Applications received and processed during the recruitment, as well as those currently on file.
  • Elimination of applications that do not meet the minimum requirements.
  • Written Firefighter Aptitude test (evaluation of the applicant to assess ability to understand instruction, mechanical aptitude, judgement and reasoning).
  • Physical fitness testing based on the University of Alberta - Firefighter Assessment Guidelines.
  • Personal interview with hiring board.
  • Medical exam by Grande Prairie Fire Department Medical Director.
  • Security Clearance (Criminal Record) by RCMP.
  • Reference Checks.

Fire Schools

College of the Rockies, Lakeland College, JIBC – Maple Ridge, Fire Academy Online

These are just some of the fire schools to offer fire fighter training.

Please open the following files (in pdf format) to see more information for a career as a Grande Prairie Firefighter...

Last updated: 6/6/2018 10:00:51 AM