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Firefighter-Paramedic Recruitment Roadmap

Firefighter-Paramedic Recruitment Roadmap

Interested in becoming a Firefighter-Paramedic? Follow Saskatoon Fire Department’s recruitment roadmap below. 

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Recruitment Roadmap

Step 1: Pre-Application Requirements

The following qualifications are required for Firefighter applicants: 

  • 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). The specific Public Fire Protection courses include: 
    • NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level I and II 
    • NFPA 1002 – Driver Apparatus Operator
    • NFPA 1031 – Fire Inspection Level 1, preferred 
    • Either: 
      • NFPA 1041 – Fire Service Instructor Level 1, preferred; or 
      • NFPA 1035 – Public Educator
    • NFPA 472 – Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations 
  • Either:
    • Listed as a Practicing Unrestricted Primary Care Paramedic at the 2011 National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) level on the most current members rosters of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics, preferred; or
    • Certified as either a Medical First Responder or Certified Emergency Medical Responder. 
  • Current International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) certificate. 
  • Possession of a valid Saskatchewan Class 5 Driver’s License or equivalent from other provinces. 
  • Current drivers abstract demonstrating a safe driving record. 

Step 2: Submit Application Package

Applications are only accepted for positions that are posted at saskatoon.ca/careers. Saskatoon Fire Department is expected to post future positions in the fall of 2021. 

All applicants are required to complete and submit the following as part of their application package: 

  • Cover letter 
  • Resume 
  • Copy of Fire College transcripts (Note: Copies of certificates are not required at the application stage. Applicants will be asked to provide copies of certificates upon an offer of employment.) 
  • Copy of either: 
    • Medical First Responder; or 
    • Emergency Medical Responder; or 
    • Saskatchewan Primary Care Paramedic License showing 2011 NOCP level of practice (must be listed as a practicing unrestricted PCP licensed in Saskatchewan) 
  • Current International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) certificate. 
  • Current Driver’s Abstract dated no more than 20 days prior to the closing date of the Firefighter posting. 

Provincial equivalents will be accepted. Out of province applicants who are offered a Firefighter position must show proof of a Saskatchewan driver’s license on their first day of work. 

Applicants are reminded to ensure all items are included in their application package. Individuals who submit incomplete application packages will not be considered in the competition. 

Please note that costs associated with the recruitment and selection process are the responsibility of the applicant. This includes expenses such as: 

  • Driver’s abstract 
  • Travel/accommodation to/from interviews 
  • Medical examination 
  • Vision/hearing tests 
  • Saskatoon Fire Department Physical Abilities Test (SFD-PAT) 

Only applicants considered for interviews are contacted. Applicants are advised that all interactions with the Saskatoon Fire Department during the process are considered when screening and assessing applicants.

Step 3: Screening Interview

Successful applicants that meet the qualifications and experience outlined in the job posting will be asked to attend a screening interview. Selected candidates will participate in a brief introduction interview to review their qualifications with representatives from Human Resources and Saskatoon Fire Department. 

Step 4: Optimal Fit Assessment

Applicants successfully advancing from Step 3 will then be assessed for optimal fit with the organization.  

Note: This step has two parts. The order that each part occurs will be scheduled based on operational requirements and interview schedules. There is no preferred order to complete each part, but both parts must be completed. 

1. Panel Interview 

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a panel interview conducted by representatives from Saskatoon Fire Department and Human Resources. 

2. Ride-Along and Station Assessment

Successful applicants will be assessed by an on-duty crew after spending approximately eight hours with the crew. Candidates participating in the Ride-Along will be required to sign a waiver to participate.

Step 5: Conditional Offer of Employment

Applicants successfully advancing from Step 4 will receive a verbal conditional offer of employment. The offer is conditional upon satisfactory completion of the following items: 

  • Medical examination vision test 
  • Hearing test 
  • Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Reference Checks 
  • Saskatoon Fire Department Physical Abilities Test (SFD-PAT)  

Step 6: Offer of Employment

Upon satisfactory completion of the items in Step 5, Human Resources will remove the conditions from the offer of employment and a formal written offer will be extended to successful applicants.