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.
- 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. Once you have created a profile, you can set up a Career Alert to be emailed when a job in Fire Services is posted. Visit rockyview.jobs 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 related training certificates
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.
Two hour general aptitude test.
- Skills Testing and Beep Test
You will be evaluated on five different firefighting skills. The descriptions for these tests can be found here: Skills (PDF). Prior to completing this testing you must have provided a completed medical clearance form (PDF).
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.
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
- 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.
- Reference Checks completed by Rocky View County.
- Submit CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) - current within one (1) year. This can be obtained from The City of Calgary by contacting them at CPAT.Info@calgary.ca or from the University of Alberta at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of other CPAT resources is provided below.
If all 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 orientation. Typically this entire process is completed approximately 12 weeks after the competition closes. Successful candidates are scheduled for a 10 day orientation. Candidates are not eligible to attend at the station until orientation is successfully completed.