Recruitment is closed 

Applications are only accepted during open recruitment.

A part-time career where you can help those in need through teamwork, physical readiness and quick response can be very fulfilling. Strathcona County Emergency Services has part-time Firefighter/First Responders stationed out of Fire Station #2 in South Cooking Lake and Fire Station #3 in Ardrossan.

Though there not an active recruitment at this time, check out the information below to prepare for the next one.

Please Note: Applicants must reside in the communities of South Cooking Lake or Ardrossan or in the immediate rural surrounding areas within a 12-minute drive to one of the Stations to qualify. To determine this, please click on the station below and enter your home address into Google maps.

Recruitment process

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

  • Competition opened - October 6, 2023
  • Competition closed - October 29, 2023
  • Aptitude test
  • Physical fitness test at the University of Alberta
  • Interview 
  • Letter of offer 
  • Anticipated start date - January 2024

Preference will be given to current Auxiliary members. 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). There will also be an additional six to 10 training days (also on a weekend) throughout the year. 

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

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
Administrative phone: 780-464-8468
Emergencies: 9-1-1
Media inquiries interview requests

Last updated: Tuesday, May 07, 2024
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