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Firefighter Recruitment Basic Requirements
The City of Leduc firefighter works in a compositely integrated staffing model consisting of career and paid on-call firefighters. Under general supervision, the firefighter responds to emergent fire and rescue calls. The firefighter will also respond to medical incidents, and dependent on level of training, will use basic and/or advanced life support interventions. The firefighter also provides support functions including maintenance of fire and ems apparatus, equipment and station; 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/EMT-A or an FF/EMT-P
- Drive and operate firefighting and medical apparatus as assigned
- Provide first responder to medical and hazardous materials incidents
- Perform salvage and overhaul operations
- Use vehicle extrication tools for removal of person(s)
- Employ appropriate PPE and accountability and 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
Minimum Education, Training & Experience
- Successful completion of recruitment process
- 18 years of age at date of hire
- Excellent interpersonal, public relations and verbal/written communication skills
- 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 drivers licence
- Drivers abstract with less than 7 demerits
- Current First Aid/CPR certification
- Class 4 Driver’s License
- Q endorsement
- Current certification as an EMT-A or EMT-P
- Current certification in ACLS
- NFPA 1001 Level I
Firefighters have to respond to emergencies and as such may come in contact with poisonous, flammable, or explosive gases and chemicals, as well as 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 firefighter to react quickly and remain calm under stressful situations. The firefighter must possess the stamina to perform all the functions of this position under adverse conditions. For these reasons, the position must wear protective gear appropriate to the call they are responding. The gear can be very heavy and hot. Work hours can be long and there is an on-duty and on-call rotation.
To succeed in the demanding fire-rescue environment, firefighters must have specific skills. The aptitude test content areas are cognitive and non-cognitive based and include:
- Basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics
- Judgement, reasoning, communication, motivation and other skills and aptitudes
- Situational questions
- Questions about you
- Teamwork, public relations, and community living
Applicants will be advised of the date and time of the aptitude test. It is a 4-hour multiple choice, computer-scored test. An 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.
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.
Medical Written Test – EMT & Paramedic Applicants Only
EMT-A and EMT-P applicants will be required to write an exam assessing their knowledge base relative to but 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 multiple choice fill-in-the-blank test, with a 2-hour setting. A pass mark of 75% is required to proceed in the recruitment process. Applicants will be contacted for dates and times.
Scenario Testing - EMT & Paramedic Applicants Only
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 5 minutes long with an emphasis on observing the candidate’s application of knowledge opposed to the recall of knowledge. A 5 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 reattempt is allowed if one scenario is unsuccessful. A double fail will result in exclusion from the recruiting process. The OSCEs occur over a period of a weekend. The applicant will be contacted for dates and times.
Applicants will participate in 2 shadow shifts by working with fire crews from 2 different platoons. Each assessment with each platoon is approximately 4 hours. An applicant's assessment will be scored as recommended or not recommended.
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 (dated on or after Aug. 1, 2018)
- 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
Offer of Employment
The highest grouping of applicants will be offered employment with the City of Leduc Fire Services based on current objectives. An eligibility list may be developed for future classes, but this is not guaranteed.
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)
- AB Health Care Card
- Driver’s License
- Birth Certificate
- Next of Kin information - 2 emergency contacts/numbers
Applicants' physical fitness is tested to ensure they possess the physical capabilities necessary for firefighting. To facilitate the highest opportunity for success, each firefighter recruit will be scheduled into a mandatory 10 week training program with a certified personal trainer. The cost of the 10 week program is covered in whole by Leduc Fire Services. This training program does not guarantee success for the physical testing. If additional training if required, this is determined collectively between the recruit and their personal trainer, to the cost of the recruit.
For more information, contact the Deputy Chief of Operations - Leduc Fire Services at 780-980-8475.
To learn more about the physical assessment test, an online guide is available for review.