Part-time FireFighter/First Responder recruitment

Are you interested in a part-time career where you can help those in need through teamwork, physical readiness and quick response? Do you have what it takes to join the SCES team?

Strathcona County Emergency Services is now recruiting for part-time Firefighter/First Responders to be stationed out of Fire Station #2 in South Cooking Lake and Fire Station #3 in Ardrossan.

Please Note: We require you to live within a 12 minute drive to the fire station at South Cooking Lake or Ardrossan to qualify for this position. To determine this, please click on the station below and enter your home address into Google maps. 

Open house

Want to learn more about becoming a part-time firefighter, the process and training?

Attend the open house on October 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fire Station #6, 915 Bison Way, Sherwood Park. Attendees will get information on the physical testing requirements, overview of the job and expectations.  

Apply today

Recruitment process

Emergency Services follows various steps in selecting applicants. These steps take place over a number of weeks and include the following:

  • Open house - October 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fire Station #6, 915 Bison Way, Sherwood Park
  • Competition closes - November 1, 2019 
  • Aptitude test - November 15,1900 at Fire Station #6
  • Physical fitness test - December 7, 0800 to 1700, University of Alberta
  • Interview - December 14
  • Letter of offer - December 18

Any applicant deemed not qualified at any stage will not proceed further in the selection process. Unsuccessful applicants are invited to reapply in any future recruitment program, but must submit a new application and proceed through the selection process once again.

Recruit training

Training is an important aspect of the job. Successful applicants will be required to attend initial recruit training. Training will be conducted on 12 consecutive weekends (one day per weekend) with additional training on six to 10 weekend days throughout the year. Weekly training is scheduled for all part-time firefighters as well. Recruit training is mandatory before members become operational and respond to emergencies. This is for both your safety and those members working with you.

Recruit training sessions will include:

  • Firefighter Safety and Survival
  • Fire Behaviour and Science
  • Basic Firefighting Techniques
  • Structural fires
  • Vehicle fires
  • Wildland (grass) fires
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • First Aid and CPR

Recruit training dates in 2020 are:

  • February 8 and 29
  • April 4 and 25
  • May 30
  • June 20
  • July 25
  • August 8
  • September 19 and 26
  • October 3

During and after basic training, all members attend regular weekly training nights at their designated station. Currently, this training occurs as follows:

  • Station #2, South Cooking Lake - Wednesday evenings,
    7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Station #3, Ardrossan - Thursday evenings, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Part-time fire fighting service in Strathcona County

A trained part-time Firefighter/First Responder in Strathcona County is a skilled member of the community who, when called, uses modern equipment, methods and techniques to undertake a range of activities to preserve life and property. These activities will range from: 

  • providing initial first response care to medical emergencies
  • fire/rescue skills at the scenes of motor vehicle collisions and fires

Part-time fire crews, led by a Fire Officer, work with the full-time staff as a team, at a variety of incidents. Members are compensated at an hourly rate whenever they attend a scheduled training session or respond to an emergency.

Part-time stations in Strathcona County


Emergency Services
Administration office Fire Station 6, 915 Bison Way, Sherwood Park
Phone: 780-467-5216

Last updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Page ID: 38669