Become a Member with SFD
Employment with Saskatoon Fire Department offers a challenging and rewarding career to candidates who successfully complete the stringent recruitment process. The role Saskatoon Firefighters play results in an effective, efficient service to the community and makes Saskatoon a safer place to live.
Saskatoon Fire Department is an equal opportunity employer and shows no bias toward specific gender, race or religion.
Applications are only accepted for positions that are posted; the next posting for Firefighters will be in September 2016 and this recruit class will have a start date in January 2017. The City of Saskatoon posts its vacant positions on the Current Employment Opportunities page at www.saskatoon.ca
The Firefighter of the new millenium is a fully trained and highly skilled professional. Modern equipment, methods and techniques are used to undertake a wide range of emergency activities associated with the preservation of life and property.
Individual Firefighters all have their own functions to complete, and each must be able to use their own judgement and foresight to help others and protect themselves. Each time Firefighters are called to emergencies, they must be prepared to use the skills they have developed through extensive and thorough training.
Firefighters work shifts of 10 hour days and 14 hour nights. These rotating shifts involve two days, two nights, two days off: then two days, two nights, six days off.
This is a 42-hour average work week including working statutory holidays and weekends.
Saskatoon Fire Department now exclusively hires graduates of a recognized fire training school providing accredited courses (IFSAC).
- 18 years of age or older.
- Minimum Grade 12 education or equivalent.
- Possession of a certificate in Public Fire Protection from a school accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
- Possession of a valid Saskatchewan Class 5 Driver's Licence or the equivalent from other provinces. In Saskatchewan, abstracts are available from Saskatchewan Government Insurance.
- Must meet the National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA) 1582 for vision at the time of application. Successful applicants will be required to supply an optometrist's report.
- No more than 30 decibel hearing loss in either ear - average at 500, 1000, and 2000 C.P.S. Successful applicants will be required to supply an audiologist’s report.
- Satisfactory criminal record check including vulnerable sector.
- Successful completion of a certified Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) current within one year prior to application, or successful completion of the newly adopted Saskatoon Fire Department Physical Abilities Test (SFD-PAT) current within six months prior to application. For more information about the SFD-PAT please see the PDF document on this page.
- A proven history of satisfactory job performance.
Saskatoon Fire Department is adopting a new physical fitness standard, the Saskatoon Fire Department Physical Abilities Test (SFD-PAT). The SFD-PAT is administered by the University of Saskatchewan Human Performance Center with assistance from SFD staff. Testing dates for the SFD-PAT have been finalized and instructions on how to register are contained in the Testing Dates document. A completed Medical Clearance Form is also required.
For the 2016 Firefighter posting, Saskatoon Fire Department will accept either the CPAT or the newly adopted Saskatoon Fire Department Physical Abilities Test (SFD-PAT). Candidates will need to have passed one physical test but do not need to pass both physical tests. After 2016, the CPAT will no longer be accepted and only the SFD-PAT will be accepted. For more information on the new physical standard, please see the PDF document on this page.
Public Fire Protection Course Requirements
- Firefighter Level 1 and 2 (NFPA 1001, IFSAC accredited)
- Driver Apparatus Operator (NFPA 1002, IFSAC accredited)
- Technical Rescue Practices (meets NFPA 1006)
- Fire Inspection Level 1 (NFPA 1031, IFSAC accredited)
- Public Educator (NFPA 1035, IFSAC accredited), or Fire Service Instructor Level 1 (NFPA 1041, IFSAC accredited)
- Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations (NFPA 472, IFSAC accredited)
- Listed as a practicing unrestricted Primary Care Paramedic at the 2011 National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) level on the most current members roster of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics
*Please note: Any individual applying must be licensed through the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics.
- Receives all requests for emergency services and directs them appropriately.
- Receives and directs all non-emergency requests, complaints and information appropriately.
- Dispatches appropriate emergency response apparatus.
- Operates proficiently communications centre computers and telecommunications equipment.
- Performs basic computer programming functions, including technical support for local area network.
- Provides the senior responding officer with all appropriate, available information.
- Enters, revises and maintains accurate emergency response information and pre-plans in the computer system.
- Checks and enters incident reports into computer system.
- Maintains the Communications Centre in an orderly, clean condition.
- Performs routine clerical and statistical reporting duties.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Grade 12 education.
- Typing speed of 40 w.p.m.
- Two years' related work experience.
- Successful completion of, or ability to complete successfully, the Departmental training program.
Preference will be given to candidates with the following certification:
- APCO Basic Telecommunicator or Public Safety Telecommunicator I
- APCO Fire Communications
- NAED Emergency Medical Dispatch
- NAED Emergency Fire Dispatch
- Knowledge of Department communications protocols and procedures.
- Knowledge of computer programming procedures.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with others via radio, telephone and in written form.
- Ability to operate all equipment in the Communications Centre.
- Ability to use a computer keyboard accurately.
- Ability to handle complex communication functions in stressful situations.
- Ability to read and interpret dangerous goods information.
- Ability to use the EMD priority dispatch system.
- Ability to adapt to changing communication technology.
- Ability to analyze situations effectively and assume initiative for appropriate action in accordance with Department policies and procedures.
- Ability to condense essential information for a concise information relay.
- Ability to work unsupervised and as a member of the Communications Team.
- Ability to effectively work rotating shifts in a 24-hour operation.
- Skill in the operation of a computer with Microsoft Office software.