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Firefighter Recruitment Basic Requirements

The City of Leduc firefighter works in a composite and integrated staffing model consisting of medically trained career and paid on-call firefighters. Under an Officer’s supervision, the firefighter responds to emergent fire, rescue, and medical calls. Depending on his/her level of training, basic and/or advanced life support interventions skills are required on scene. The firefighter’s role will also support the following functions: maintenance of fire and ems apparatuses, equipment and station care; record keeping; reporting duties; participates in fire pre-planning, fire inspections, public relations and training activities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Respond to emergency calls, lay/connect hose, hold nozzle, directs water streams, raise/climb ladders, ventilate buildings, use positive pressure fans, extinguishers and other equipment
  • Respond to medical emergencies in an ambulance as a FF/PCP or a FF/ACP
  • Drive and operate firefighting and medical apparatus as assigned
  • Perform salvage and overhaul operations
  • Use vehicle extrication tools for removal of person(s)
  • Employ appropriate PPE and accountability, in addition performs all scene activities in a safe manner
  • Attend on/off-site training sessions as required
  • Perform general, vehicle, equipment checks and maintenance
  • Document general, vehicle, equipment checks and maintenance
  • Ensure all equipment is fully prepared and functional after all calls
  • Perform general station duties including upkeep of fire station, cleaning of bay floor, general quarters, apparatus and equipment, washing, hanging and drying of hose, washing, cleaning of apparatus and equipment
  • Perform administrative documents, reporting and incident data entry
  • Responsible for workplace safety as outlined in the Alberta OH&S Act
  • Employ organizational policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Prepare various reports and other documents
  • May perform other related duties as assigned

Working Conditions

Firefighters respond to emergencies where they may be exposed to poisonous, flammable, or explosive gases and chemicals. Some of these are radioactive or other hazardous materials that may have immediate or long-term effects on their health. The firefighter may also come in contact with extremely ill patients that may have communicable illness. The work environment will require the person to react quickly and remain calm under stressful situations. They must possess the stamina to perform all the functions of this position under adverse conditions. The position must wear appropriate protective gear, which can get very heavy and hot, when responding to a call. Work hours can be long, with an on-duty and on-call rotation system in place.


2021 Recruitment Process

Minimum Education, Training & Experience

  • Current and member in good standing registration with Alberta College of Paramedics at the PCP or ACP Level**
  • 18 years of age at date of hire
  • Excellent interpersonal, public relations and verbal/written communication skills
  • Be physically fit, and live an active fit lifestyle
  • Excellent fit with the culture of the department
  • Ability to work independently and in a co-operative team environment
  • Basic computer skills
  • High school diploma or GED equivalency
  • Class 5 driver’s licence
  • Drivers abstract with less than 7 demerits
  • Class 3/4 Driver’s License with Q endorsement preferred.

**New requirement for 2021

1.) Aptitude Test

To succeed in the demanding fire-rescue environment, firefighters must have specific skills. The aptitude test content areas are non-cognitive based and include:

  • Basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics
  • Judgement, reasoning, communication, motivation and other skills and aptitudes
  • Situational questions

Applicants will be advised of the date and time of the aptitude test. The exam will be the Firefighter Selection Tool TM (FST); it is administered in two sections. Section one consists of the non-cognitive components (30 minutes),while section two contains of the cognitive component (two hours). A total time of three hours will be allotted for the administration of the entire exam. The external company analyzes the overall results to determine scoring. There will be no re-writes during the recruitment process. A grouping of the highest-ranked applicants who passed the test will advance to the next stage of the recruitment process.

2a.) Medical Assessment

A physician is required to complete physical examination relative to the requirements in the medical release form. This examination ensures candidates do not suffer from a health condition that may affect their ability to perform firefighter duties in a safe manner. Cost of the examination is responsibility of the applicant.

2b.) Leduc Physical Assessment Test

The physical assessment test has been moved to the application stage, as part of the 2021 recruitment changes. Applicants' physical fitness is tested to ensure they possess the physical capabilities necessary for firefighting.

Location: The physical assessment test and physical training are conducted with a personal trainer at the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC).

To learn more about the physical assessment test, an online guide is available for review.

3.) Shadow Shifts

Applicants will participate in two shadow shifts by working with fire/ems crews from two different platoons. Each assessment with each platoon is approximately four hours. An applicant's assessment will be scored as recommended or not recommended.

4.) Recruitment Interview

Interviews are conducted during regular office hours by representatives from Leduc Fire Services and Human Resources. At the interview, applicants are asked to supply the following supporting documentation:

  • Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Card
  • Alberta High School Diploma or a G.E.D. equivalency
  • Driver Abstract with less than 7 demerits
  • Criminal Records Check (vulnerable sector)
  • Original documentation that supports your resume, which can include but is not limited to diplomas, certificates, transcripts
  • Medical Release Document
  • Three work-related references

5.) Written Medical Test and Scenario Testing (occur together)

Written Medical Test

PCP and ACP applicants will be required to write an exam assessing their knowledge base relative to, but not limited to the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Airway emergencies
  • Breathing emergencies
  • Circulation emergencies
  • Trauma emergencies
  • BLS and ALS treatment regimes
  • ECG and 12 lead recognition
  • Pharmacology knowledge
  • Emergency vehicle operations
  • Codes of practice and ethics
  • Interpersonal skills

This exam is a two-hour setting multiple-choice with fill-in-the-blank test. A pass mark of 75 per cent is required to proceed in the recruitment process. Applicants will be contacted for dates and times.

Scenario Testing

The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a form of performance-based testing used to measure candidates’ clinical competence. During an OSCE, candidates are observed and evaluated as they perform a trauma and medical scenario in which they interview, assess and treat standardized patients. The standardized patient is an actor who will also observe and assess the interpersonal skills demonstrated by the candidate.

Each scenario is short roughly five minutes long, with an emphasis on observing the candidate’s application of knowledge opposed to the recall of knowledge. A five-minute rapid fire question period will follow the scenario, with questions that may or may not relate to the just conducted scenario.

Scenarios are graded as a pass/fail. One re-attempt is allowed if one scenario is unsuccessful. A double fail will result in exclusion from the recruiting process. The applicant will be contacted for dates and times.


Offer of Employment

The highest grouping of applicants will be offered employment with the City of Leduc Fire Services based on current objectives.

Orientation

If you are a successful candidate, you will be required to attend a sign-on/orientation at the Leduc Protective Services Building. Dress casually as you will be fitted for a uniform.

Bring the following documentation with you:

  • Banking (either a void cheque or electronic print-out of your account)
  • SIN (we need the actual card itself or a federal government form with your SIN on it)
  • Alberta Health Care Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Birth Certificate
  • Next of Kin information – two emergency contacts/numbers

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