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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. 

Prefer to ask questions in person? Attend an upcoming Firefighter Candidate Information Session

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) and/or ProBoard. The specific Public Fire Protection courses include: 
    • NFPA 1001 – Fire Fighting Practices Level I and II 
    • NFPA 1002 – Apparatus Driver / Operator (Pumper and Aerial)
    • NFPA 1031 – Fire Inspection Level 1, preferred 
    • Either: 
      • NFPA 1041 – Fire Service Instructor Level 1, preferred; or 
      • NFPA 1035 – Public Educator *Note: This is the last recruitment cycle that we will accept NFPA 1035 – Public Educator. For future competitions, NFPA 1041 – Fire Service Instructor Level 1 will be the accepted standard. 
    • NFPA 472 or NFPA 1072 – 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 Fire Department is expected to post future positions in early 2022. 

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: 
    • Saskatchewan Primary Care Paramedic License showing 2011 NOCP level of practice (must be listed as a practicing unrestricted PCP licensed in Saskatchewan) – this is the preferred qualification; or
    • Medical First Responder; or 
    • Emergency Medical Responder.
  • 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 
  • Fitness York Firefighter Fitness Assessment
    • Vision/hearing tests 
    • Medical Clearance

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 Readiness Assessment

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

Note: This step has three 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 all three parts must be completed.

Part A – Firefighter Selection Tool (FST)

Candidates will complete the IOS Fire Fighter Selection Tool (FST), which is a comprehensive assessment of job-related performance predictors. The FST combines a challenging cognitive ability measure with three non-cognitive measures: personality constructs, integrity, and biographical data. These four measures produce a score for test takers that is highly predictive of their job success in a firefighter position.

The FST is an entry-level firefighter (written) test that is completed in a proctored classroom environment. It is administered in two sections. Section I consists of the non-cognitive components of the test and has an administration time of 30 minutes. Section II consists of the cognitive component and has an administration time of 2 hours. Allow a total time of 2 hours and 45 minutes for the administration when factoring in instructions.

Note: Candidate informational guides, preparation guides and practice tests are available. These can be purchased by candidates through the IOS website.

Part B – Panel Interview and Reference Checks

Candidates will be invited to participate in a 45-minute panel interview conducted by representatives from Saskatoon Fire Department and Human Resources. Reference checks will also be completed at this time.

Part C – Candidate Fitness Assessment

The Saskatoon Fire Department uses the Fitness York Fire Fighter Applicant Fitness Assessment Protocol to assess candidates. The fitness assessments are administered by Human Performance Center (HPC) staff at the University of Saskatchewan. Applicants are required to complete a series of tests including aerobic fitness, vision, colour blindness (Ishihara and Farnsworth testing conducted), hearing, lung function, and eight validated job-related performance tests.

The eight job-related performance tests are designed to simulate the physical demands of a firefighter's job which requires muscular strength, coordination and endurance. To prepare for these tests, you may wish to participate in supervised weight training, stretching and an aerobic exercise program to increase strength, improve flexibility and enhance aerobic fitness and capacity. The performance tests are:

  1. Ladder Climb (Acrophobia)
  2. Search Enclosed Area (Claustrophobia)
  3. Hose/Climb Carry
  4. Rope Pull
  5. Hose Advance/Drag
  6. Ladder Lift
  7. Victim Drag
  8. Forced Entry

Please visit the University of Saskatchewan website for current COVID 19-Reopening Information.


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: 

  • Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Search
  • Medical Examination

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.