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Firefighter /Journeyman – Heavy Equipment Technician – Spruce Grove – 2020

City of Spruce Grove
September 2, 2020
Spruce Grove, Canada
Job Type
September 30, 2020


This is a skilled position entailing the normal activities of a firefighter with those of a Journeyman – Heavy Equipment Technician and/or Automotive Technician.


Duties and Responsibilities


Please see the Position Description for more details.

Firefighter responsibilities:

  • Perform work to fight fires, which will includes preventive, combat and extinguish fires to protect lives, property and the environment.
  • Provide rescue in various forms from dangerous situations, operational response to dangerous goods calls.
  • Participate in platoon and individual training programs to meet the services competencies.
  • As assigned, drives and operates firefighting apparatus.


Heavy Equipment Technician responsibilities:


  • Provides routine maintenance on Protective Services vehicles including oil changes, light repairs, windshield wipers, etc.


  • Performs, as required, emergency maintenance on Protective Services vehicles and equipment throughout shift.


  • Monitors and deciphers code readers.


  • Completes CVIP inspections.


  • Performs simple and complex repairs on Protective Services vehicles and equipment.


  • Completes work orders, fleet reports, and other documentation as required

Minimum Qualifications

Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Certified Journeyman as a Heavy Equipment Technician and/or Automotive Service Technician.
  • Hire is dependent upon a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector/Child Intervention Check satisfactory to the City of Spruce Grove.
  • Have a valid Alberta driver’s licence with proof of a valid driver’s abstract with six demerits or fewer.
  • Have the ability to complete and pass the physical within the probationary period.
  • Have the ability to pass the medical standards, including eyesight and audible, as outlined in the NFPA standard.

Preferred Qualifications

Although the following firefighter training is preferred, suitable candidates may be provided the training after hire date:

Desired Qualifications:

All firefighters are required to possess the required licenses and tickets for their function.

  • Valid Alberta Driver’s Licence, class 4 and 3 with airbrake endorsement.
  • Registered with IFSAC and/or Pro Board as NFPA 1001 Firefighter.
  • Registered with IFSAC and/or Pro Board as a NFPA 1002 Apparatus Operator.


The following would be considered an asset:

  • Small Engine Repair certificate.
  • Certified Emergency Vehicle Technician.

Additional Information

The recruitment process takes several steps to get to the interview stage. Below is the order of steps and timelines in the process.

Recruitment Timelines:

  • Competition opens - September 1, 2020
  • Closing date - September 30, 2020
  • Physical Fitness Test - U of A Fitness Testing - October 9 to November 6, held on Mondays and Fridays.

This portion of the recruitment process is paid for by the candidate. The cost of the testing must be paid in full when booking your appointment to secure your testing time. The cost of the fitness test is $378.00 ($360.00+GST).

This phase of the selection process each applicant is required to complete is the Firefighter Physical Fitness test that measure a firefighter candidate's minimal physical fitness level and ability to perform essential tasks at emergency scenes. The University of Alberta's Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation administers this test.

Please visit the University of Albert Firefighter Fitness Testing webpage as it contains a wealth of information, including a general information package and contact information: https://www.ualberta.ca/kinesiology-sport-recreation/research/centres-and-units/firefighter-fitness-testing.

If selected to continue in the recruitment process you will be invited to the next phase of the process.

  • Knowledge Test - November 12 & 13, 2020

Measures an individual's understanding of a variety of areas that include:

  • Understanding Oral Information
  • Reading and understanding written information
  • Numerical skills
  • Maps, Diagrams and Mechanical Reasoning
  • Teamwork/Public Relations/Community Living


If selected to continue in the recruitment process you will be invited to the next phase of the process.


  • Practical Testing - Week of November 30, 2020

If selected to continue in the recruitment process you will be invited to participate in a hands on practical test that will evaluate you skills and abilities as a Heavy Duty Technician or Automotive Service Technician. Included in this evaluation will be a written Technical Assessment test that will evaluate the knowledge required as a Heavy Duty Technician or Automotive Service Technician.

There will be no re-writes. Applicants will advance to the next stage of the recruitment process if they pass the minimum accepted threshold.


If selected to continue in the recruitment process you will be invited to the next phase of the process.


  • Behavioural Based Interviews – Week of January 11, 2021

This is an in-depth structured assessment of specific selection criteria, as well as an opportunity to verify some of the information provided on the application form.

  • Teamwork/interpersonal skills
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Motivation and preparedness
  • Adherence to authority
  • Stress tolerance and stamina
  • General ability
  • Presentation and oral communication skills


If selected for a Panel Interview the following information will be requested to bring with you:

  • Copies of all relevant certifications
  • References – three (3) work related contacts
  • Copy of Driver’s License and Driver’s Abstract showing a satisfactory driving record (6  demerits or fewer). A valid Class 3 drivers license and Air Brake (Q) endorsement must be obtained prior to the employment commencement date.


Reference checks are typically completed following a successful panel interview. Conducting of reference checks does not necessarily indicate advancement to the next step. The candidate's overall results at this step will determine if the candidate advances further.


Candidates who do not meet the requirements will not advance to the next step. You will be advised by email if you are, or are not, moving to the next phase.


Conditional Offer – A conditional offer will be provided to the successful candidate.


Candidates who are selected will be scheduled for the Pre-Placement Medical as per NFPA standards. The job is both physically and emotionally demanding, therefore, candidates must be in excellent physical condition as well as in good health. Departments follow the pre-placement NFPA medical guidelines and are strict with the use of tobacco products. For example: Candidate with Category A medical conditions shall not be certified as meeting the medical requirements of this standard. Tobacco use is a Category A medical condition.

There is no grade or mark to this examination - either a candidate is “fit for duty” or is “not fit for duty” and is so informed. A candidate that is “fit for duty” will proceed in the recruitment process.



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