Part-time firefighters are casual employees who work a minimum of 168 hours per quarter (3 months) in one of our full-time stations in Elbow Valley, Springbank, Bearspaw, or Balzac. They set their own schedules through an on-line shift request system.

Additional requirements:

  • Class 3Q licence (or equivalent)
  • NFPA 1001 Level 2 certification with IFSAC or ProBoard seal
  • Standard First Aid and CPR ‘C’
  • High School Graduation

Application and Selection Requirements

Applications are only accepted when there is an open competition but you can build your profile at any time on our careers website. You can set up a Career Alert to be emailed when a job in Fire Services is posted. Visit to view listings of all current positions or to apply to an open competition.

Complete applications must contain all of the following elements:

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Copies of NFPA 1001 seals, Standard First Aid and CPR ‘C’ certificate and any other training certificates listed on the posting.

Once your complete application package is received and reviewed, you may be selected to begin the process outlined below. Your performance will be reviewed after each stage and a decision will be made regarding your suitability to move on.

  1. Exam
    Two hour general aptitude test.
  2. Beep Test
    The beep test measures aerobic capacity (VO2 max) and involves running continuously between two points that are 20 meters apart. The time allowed to do a lap reduces each time until the candidate can no longer complete the run in the time allowed.
  3. Skills Testing
    You will be evaluated on five different firefighting skills. The descriptions for these tests are listed below: Candidates who pass skills testing are placed on a prequalified list according to their accumulated marks to this point. Once positions become available, prequalified candidates are contacted, according to where they fall on the list, and the final steps below are followed.
  4. Interview
    The interview is made up of behaviour and scenario based questions and is held with a small panel. If selected for an interview, you will be requested to bring:
    • Contact information for three references
    • Completed medical clearance form (PDF)
    • Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sectors (from within six months of the competition opening date). This can be obtained from the RCMP or city police office closest to your residence.
    • A five-year commercial driver’s abstract (from within one month of the date of interview), obtained from a registry office. You must submit abstracts covering every province where you have been a resident for the past five years.
  5. Reference Checks completed by Rocky View County.
  6. Submit CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) - current within one (1) year. Opportunities for testing will be made available through the City of Calgary or the candidate can approach the University of Alberta at A list of other CPAT resources is provided below.
  7. Decision
    If all final stages are passed, your file is forwarded to the selection committee. If selected, an offer will be made and, upon acceptance, you will be scheduled for a 10-day orientation.


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For other Fire Services questions or reports call 403.230.1401.

Careers with Rocky View

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