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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 (ProBoard and ISFAC Approved Institution) Seals
  • Emergency Medical Responder or higher Certification (Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) Approved) *Note - ACP Registration is NOT required)
  • Good Physical Fitness and pass a job related physical fitness test
  • Bronze Medallion Swimming Certification
  • 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: 12/13/2017 3:41:00 PM