Firefighter Careers

Firefighter Careers

Full-time Firefighters

Grande Prairie Fire Department

The Grande Prairie Fire Department is a career fire service made up of sixty-eight (68) fire suppression personnel, five (5) fire prevention personnel, three (3) day staff positions, and sixteen (16) dispatchers. GPFD is a well-equipped, innovative fire service that enjoys positive labour relations and strong support from Senior Administration and City Council.

The challenge is for career Firefighters to provide Fire Suppression, Medical Co-response, and Specialized Rescue Services along with the delivery of Fire Prevention and Public Education Programs.

Qualifications include:

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Level 2 Certification; including NFPA 472 Awareness and Operations (From IFSAC or ProBoard Approved Institution).
  • One of the three following types of medical training (80-hour program); (NOTE: ACP registration is NOT required)
    • Approved Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Training Course or Proof of Provincial Equivalencies
    • Valid Advanced First Aid
    • 80-hour MFR program certificate
  • Class 3 AND 4 Alberta Driver’s License with Air Brakes (Q) Endorsement or Proof of Provincial Equivalencies
  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalency

Employment with the City of Grande Prairie Fire Department offers an extremely challenging and rewarding career. Opportunities throughout the fire service may occur over time and can help to form an ongoing personal development program.

The Role of a Firefighter

A fully trained firefighter is a skilled professional who uses modern equipment, methods and techniques to undertake a range of activities associated with the preservation of life and property.

Each platoon, led by a Fire Officer, works as a team. As a member of a platoon, you will be required to work shift work, including evenings and weekends.

A firefighter should have the following characteristics and skills:

  • Proven ability to interact positively with team members, customers, and those we serve.
  • The physical strength and capacity for intense and sustained effort.
  • ability to carry out orders in emergencies, combined with the capacity to assess and act on his/her own initiative and/or work effectively as a part of a team.
  • Practical understanding of a wide range of subjects related to fire hazards, including the ability to operate and understand the operation of mechanical equipment.
  • Concern for the reduction of pain and suffering for victims of emergencies, combined with personal characteristics including loyalty, dedication, and commitment to duty.
  • Ability to perform firefighting duties during extremely taxing circumstances.
  • Ability to learn new concepts, teach others, and continuously improve performance.

The City of Grande Prairie is an equal opportunity employer and selects candidates on the basis of merit. We invite applications from qualified men and women.

A policy has been established whereby the applications for the position of Firefighter will be accepted within a specified time frame. The position is advertised in the local media and at fire-related schools.

Various steps are followed in selecting applicants for the Firefighter position. These take place over a number of weeks and include the following:

  • Applications received and processed during the recruitment, as well as those currently on file.
  • Elimination of applications that do not meet the minimum requirements.
  • Written Firefighter Aptitude test (evaluation of the applicant to assess the ability to understand instruction, mechanical aptitude, judgment, and reasoning).
  • Physical fitness testing based on the University of Alberta - Firefighter Assessment Guidelines.
  • Personal interview with hiring board.
  • A medical exam by Grande Prairie Fire Department Medical Director.
  • Security Clearance (Criminal Record) by RCMP.
  • Reference Checks.

Fire Schools

College of the Rockies, Lakeland College, JIBC – Maple Ridge, Fire Academy Online

These are just some of the fire schools to offer firefighter training.