Firefighter Recruitment

Get paid to learn life-saving skills and support the community

Sturgeon County paid on-call firefighters are paid hourly for attending weekly training and responding to emergency calls. They receive professional firefighter training at no cost; this training is recognized across North America and can jumpstart a rewarding career in firefighting.

Emergencies can happen any day at any time. We’re looking for people who can respond to emergencies during the day, in the evening, and/or on weekends.

What You Need

  • Live within 10 kilometres of the Bon Accord, Calahoo, Legal, Namao or Redwater fire stations.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Class 5 driver’s licence.
  • Commit to attending a three-hour training session each week.
    • Calahoo and Redwater train weekly on Monday night.
    • Bon Accord and Legal train weekly on Tuesday night.
    • Namao trains weekly on Wednesday night.
  • Commit to attending formal training courses held in evenings and on weekends.
  • Have or be prepared to get an Alberta drivers abstract.
  • Have or be prepared to get a vulnerable sector check from the RCMP.

What You’ll Get

  • Hourly pay starting at $21.47. You’ll be paid hourly for responding to emergencies, attending weekly training, attending courses, and participating in approved public engagement activities.
  • Benefits including holiday pay, vacation pay, WCB coverage and life insurance.
  • Access to ongoing professional training.
  • Uniform, personal protective equipment and other equipment.
  • Experience working in a challenging and rewarding field.

What it Takes to be a Firefighter

Primary duties and responsibilities

As a paid on-call firefighter with Sturgeon County Emergency Services, you must perform many important duties. These include but are not limited to:

  • Responding to emergency calls for emergencies including:
    • Vehicle or structure fires
    • Wildland/urban interface fires
    • Motor vehicle collisions
    • Alarms
    • Hazardous materials or dangerous goods
    • Medical aid
  • Participating in weekly training nights.
    • Calahoo and Redwater train weekly on Monday night.
    • Bon Accord and Legal train weekly on Tuesday night.
    • Namao trains weekly on Wednesday night.
  • Maintaining fire apparatus and equipment.
  • Performing maintenance and housekeeping duties at the fire station.
  • Participating in community activities.
  • Participating in fire prevention activities
Working conditions

While working as a paid on-call firefighter, you will be exposed to challenging environmental, physical and emotional situations. Some of these will include:

  • Being called on to respond to emergencies at any time of the day or night, including weekends and holidays.
  • Being called on to respond to emergencies in any weather.
  • Performing tasks while wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE), including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  • Working quickly to extinguish fires in extreme heat with limited or zero visibility.
  • Experiencing physically demanding tasks in extreme temperatures.
  • Lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, raising and lowering heavy equipment and loads.
  • Working in hazardous areas that could be hot, wet, slippery, muddy, icy, dirty and cramped.
  • Working in very loud environments.
  • Working from heights.
  • Working on and around moving machinery, vehicles and equipment.
  • Being exposed to a variety of hazards.
  • Dealing with critically injured and/or sick patients.
  • Dealing with high-stress situations.
  • Having to effectively deal with various levels of physical and mental strain.
Assess your readiness to be a paid on-call firefighter

To take the next step and apply to become a paid on-call firefighter, you need to be aware of the commitment this entails. The following list of qualities and considerations will help you determine if this opportunity is right for you.

  • I am prepared to maintain the minimum qualifications required for paid on-call firefighters.
  • I respect authority and my peers and can operate within a team.
  • I can respond to emergency calls at unexpected times.
  • I am physically prepared to take on the physical demands of firefighting.
  • I am aware of the impacts this opportunity will have on my family, and I am prepared to accept those impacts.
  • I treat all people with respect, dignity and professionalism regardless of race, creed, gender or beliefs.
  • I can disengage from emotional suffering, tragedy and/or loss of life to complete essential job tasks.
  • I am prepared to maintain professionalism on and off duty.
  • I make ethical and responsible choices and actions.
  • I can follow and carry out complex oral and written instructions.
  • I can and do take steps to maintain a positive attitude.
  • I can motivate myself and others.
  • I can work for extended periods under difficult and strenuous conditions.
  • I can work from heights and in confined spaces and can maneuver with limited or no visibility.
  • I am comfortable using different hand/power tools and technical equipment.
  • I can work long hours under adverse weather conditions.
  • I am committed to lifelong learning.

Sturgeon County offices will be closed Monday, February 19 for Family Day. Offices will re-open Tuesday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m.

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