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                                                                                                      UPDATED MAY 2009
                                                   THE CITY OF CALGARY FIRE DEPARTMENT
                                           FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT SELECTION PROCESS
                                           FIIREFIIGHTER APPLIICATIION MANUAL
                                           FIREFIGHTER APPLICATION MANUAL
                                              REF GHTER PPL CAT ON      A N U AL



                                                     TABLE OF CONTENTS
     MESSAGE FROM THE RECRUITMENT DIVISION ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 4

     THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE APPLYING ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 5

               TIPS FROM THE RECRUITMENT DIVISION-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 5

               SELF-EVALUATION QUESTIONNAIRE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ PAGE 6

               FIREFIGHTER SALARY AND BENEFITS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 7

               HAIR AND JEWELLERY WEARING PROTOCOL ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGES 8 – 9

               ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGES 9 – 10

               FIREFIGHTER TASKS AND DUTIES ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 10 – 15

               SPECIALTY RESCUE TEAMS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 16 – 17

     FIREFIGHTER APPLICANT FITNESS REQUIREMENTS ---------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 18 – 19

               PHYSICAL FITNESS PREPARATION -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 19 – 21

               EXERCISE STRESS TESTING -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 21

               AEROBIC FITNESS PREPARATION ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 22 – 23

     MEDICAL CONDITIONS AFFECTING ABILITY TO SAFELY PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB TASKS ----------------PAGES 24 – 32

               NFPA 1582, CHAPTER 5, SECTION 5.1 – ESSENTIAL JOB TASKS AND DESCRIPTIONS ---------------------------PAGES 24 – 25

               NFPA 1582, CHAPTER 6, SECTION 6.2.2 – CATEGORY “A” MEDICAL CONDITIONS ------------------------------PAGES 25 – 32

     MINIMUM FIREFIGHTER QUALIFICATIONS ----------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 33 – 36

               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS -------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 35 – 36

     ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING FEES --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 37

     RULES OF THE FIRE RECRUIT SELECTION PROCESS --------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 38

               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – SELECTION PROCESS ------------------------------------------------------------- PAGES 38 –39

     STEPS IN THE FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT SELECTION PROCESS ----------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 40




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                                           TABLE OF CONTENTS …CONTINUED
     STEP 1 – APPLICATION / PRE-SCREEN ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 41 – 48

               FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS -------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGES 42

               OVERVIEW OF THE FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION DOCUMENT ------------------------------------------PAGES 42 – 45

               PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT INSTRUCTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 45 – 46

               SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 46

               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – APPLICATION -----------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 47 – 48

     STEP 2 – FIRE SERVICE APTITUDE TEST ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 49 – 57

               APTITUDE TEST OVERVIEW--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 49 – 51

               APTITUDE TEST FORMAT ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 51 – 52

               APTITUDE TEST LANGUAGE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 52

               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – APTITUDE TEST --------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 52 – 53

               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – APTITUDE TEST PREPARATION --------------------------------------------------PAGES 53 – 57

     STEP 3 – PANEL INTERVIEW -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 58 – 63

               INTERVIEW COMPETENCIES--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 59

               TARGETED SELECTION -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 59 – 61

               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – INTERVIEW -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGES 62

               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – INTERVIEW PREPARATION --------------------------------------------------------PAGES 62 – 63

     STEP 4 – DATA VERIFICATION / PRE-EMPLOYMENT POLYGRAPH-----------------------------------------------PAGES 64 – 67

               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – POLYGRAPH ------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 65 – 67

     STEP 5 – CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (CPAT) ---------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 68 – 70

               CPAT EVENT STATIONS / COURSE LAYOUT / TESTING GEAR AND EQUIPMENT ------------------------------------- PAGE 68 – 69

               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – CPAT -------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 69 – 70

     STEP 6 – SELECTION COMMITTEE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 71

     CONDITIONAL JOB OFFER ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PAGES 71 – 73

               MEETING THE CONDITIONS OF YOUR JOB OFFER / FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ------------------------------ PAGE 72 – 73

     PREPARING FOR FIRE RECRUIT TRAINING --------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAGE 73 – 75


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                            MESSAGE FROM THE RECRUITMENT DIVISION

We’re Hiring!

Looking for a challenging and exciting career? Firefighting may be for you…

We’re looking for physically fit men and women – motivated individuals known for integrity,
professionalism and drive. Join our team of more than 1,000 firefighters who are dedicated to
fire education, prevention and safety.

A professional firefighting career is desired by many for its excellent benefits, opportunities and
job security. We can offer you the opportunity to be part of a highly-skilled team whose
members are admired and valued by the community they serve and protect. Recruits are
trained in-house to the highest international standards. We provide numerous professional
development opportunities for firefighters to enhance their knowledge and skills in the latest
firefighting and rescue techniques. There are multiple support divisions – including aquatic
and high-angle rescue teams, fire prevention, arson investigation, community safety or training
– where firefighters can diversify their experience and career.

Calgary is a young, energetic and diverse city that offers world-class arts, entertainment and
recreation opportunities. With a population of more than a million people, it is one of the
fastest- growing cities in North America. Calgary provides an unsurpassed quality of life for
families and its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains guarantees year-round adventure.


                                 PRIDE PROFESSIONALISM RESPECT TEAMWORK.

         These are our core values. If you share them, why not consider joining our team?




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                                            THE CITY OF CALGARY FIRE DEPARTMENT
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                                     FIIREFIIGHTER APPLIICATIION MANUAL
                                     FIREFIGHTER APPLICATION MANUAL
                                        REF GHTER PPL CAT ON      A N U AL



                                 TIPS FROM THE RECRUITMENT DIVISION
There is no single factor to ensure success in your pursuit to join the Calgary Fire Department; however
we do offer you these tips:

     Stay current with recruiting information by way of our Internet: www.calgary.ca/fire.ca.

     If your personal contact information changes, please keep us informed.

     Before you submit your firefighter application, take the time to learn all you can about the job.
     Familiarize yourself with the job tasks, the different steps in the hiring process and the current
     economic environment in Calgary. Do your homework; better over prepared then not at all!

     You must be able to follow and act on complex oral and written instructions; you will be evaluated
     on these skills throughout our assessments.

     We expect you to be prepared and ready to participate in our assessments at all times. At times,
     you may experience little advance warning to participate in tests; other times, you may experience
     lengthy delays with little feedback. The very nature of our business is being prepared to respond to
     the next call!

     Your demeanour and input throughout the selection process are taken into consideration as part of
     your final hiring decision.

     Job fit is one of many critical factors considered in our decision making processes. Successful
     completion of all steps in the process does not ensure a job offer.

     Past performance is a good indicator of future performance. You will be evaluated using behaviour
     descriptive techniques during our selection process.

     If at any point in the process you do not meet the required competencies, you will be advised if a
     future application will be accepted. If you are unsuitable for the position, your file will be
     permanently closed. In this instance, we will not accept a future firefighter application from you.


                                 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE APPLYING
     Calgary’s firefighter recruit selection process is lengthy, competitive and complex. You may need to
     be financially prepared to travel to/from Calgary more than a few times to complete the various
     testing events. It is not always possible to participate in multiple tests in one trip.

     A commitment to maintaining a daily fitness regime and monitoring your personal wellness is
     essential to ensuring safety and longevity as a firefighter. Make sure you have the strength, stamina
     and cardiovascular conditioning required to take on the physical challenges of this career.

     Ethical behaviour and accountability must be part of your nature. Taking responsibility for and
     ownership of your actions is vital to success in the hiring process.



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REPLACES DECEMBER 2007 VERSION                                                                  WWW.CALGARY.CA/FIRE
                                          THE CITY OF CALGARY FIRE DEPARTMENT
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                                 SELF-EVALUATION QUESTIONNAIRE

Use these questions to help decide if firefighting is the career choice for you.
ASK YOURSELF:
?    Does my lifestyle support ethical and responsible choices and actions?
?    Am I prepared to maintain a level of professionalism on and off duty?
?    Does my lifestyle align itself with the Fire Department’s values of respect, pride, professionalism
     and teamwork?
?    Have I been free from involvement in unlawful activities for at least three years?
?    Am I actively supporting my community for the benefit of others?
?    Have I adopted and do I maintain physical fitness as a way of life (i.e., daily workouts)?
?    Am I physically able to perform the firefighter job tasks?
?    Am I able to work 14-hour night shifts on weekends and holidays with little or no sleep?
?    Can I work for extended periods of time under difficult and strenuous conditions?
?    Am I free of phobias relating to height, confined spaces and able to manoeuvre with limited or no
     visibility?
?    Am I comfortable using different hand/power tools and technical equipment?
?    Can I disengage from emotional suffering, tragedy or loss of life in order to complete essential job
     tasks?
?    Do I have a support system in place for debriefing and stress relief?
?    Have I considered the impact shift work will have on my family environment?
?    Am I familiar with and able to operate within a paramilitary working environment?
?    Do I understand and will I abide by the hair and jewellery wearing standards?
?    Am I able to work harmoniously in close quarters with other persons?
?    Do I treat all people with respect, dignity and professionalism regardless of race, creed, gender or
     beliefs?
?    Am I able to and do I take steps to maintain a positive attitude?
?    Am I able to motivate myself? Do I motivate others?
?    Do I actively engage myself in a problem solving capacity?
?    Am I able to follow and carry out complex oral and written instructions?
?    Does my lifestyle allow me to commit 1½ to two hours daily to studying training materials?
?    Do I have a thirst for life-long learning?
?    Is my family aware of the time demands that I would be under during recruit training?
?    Do I meet and am I prepared to maintain the minimum qualifications?
?    Do I have the financial resources to frequently travel to and/or relocate to Calgary?
?    Have I familiarized myself with the firefighter wages and Calgary’s economic climate?


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                                 FIREFIGHTER SALARY AND BENEFITS
In accordance with the April 1, 2006 – December 31, 2008 Collective Agreement with the International
Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 255, a Calgary firefighter receives the following rates of gross
pay during his/her first five years of employment:

                                                                                               RATE OF PAY
                   YEAR                            INDEX
                                                                                   HOURLY                     ANNUAL

       First Year (Probationary)                    65%                             $21.74                   $47,477.23

              Second Year                           75%                             $25.08                   $54,765.11

                Third Year                          85%                             $28.42                   $62,078.62

               Fourth Year                          95%                             $31.77                   $69,392.12

        Fifth Year (First Class)                   100%                             $33.44                   $73,036.56


Additional salary considerations include:
     Dry cleaning allowance                                                 Incremental pay indexes
     Night shift differential premiums                                      Increments through promotional
     Statutory holiday premiums                                             advancement

FIREFIGHTER'S BENEFITS
New firefighters make benefit coverage decisions at the start of their employment tenure. The IAFF
Local 255 offers Calgary firefighters benefit choices that includes life insurance, optional life insurance,
extended health coverage, dental, short-term disability and long-term disability coverage. More
information on benefits coverage is found at www.calgary.ca/hr.

Additionally, Calgary firefighters are provided with full work and dress uniforms and personal protective
equipment including duty gear. Throughout their career, Calgary firefighters receive complete, annual
medical assessments through the Fire Department’s Wellness Centre.

Alberta Health Care Insurance payments are payroll-deducted and wages are issued through automatic
bank deposit.

FIREFIGHTER'S PENSIONS
Calgary Firefighters are enrolled in:
     The Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP)
          http://www.lapp.ab.ca/ / Phone No. (780) 427-5101 / Email lapp.pb@gov.ab.ca
     The Calgary Firefighters’ Supplementary Pension Plan (FSPP)
          http://fasadmin.com/default.asp / Phone No. 1-800-770-2998, extension 711

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                            HAIR AND JEWELLERY WEARING PROTOCOL

Proper deportment and appearance by Calgary firefighters indicates a sense of pride and
professionalism and projects these values to the public.

     In the interest of safety and to maintain a professional image, hair must be neat, clean, well
     groomed and conform to standards. Deviation from these standards may be cause for disciplinary
     action, up to and including, dismissal.

          Hair for male firefighters: Shall be contoured to the general shape of the head and not extend
          past the top edge of the shirt collar, measured while standing at attention.

          Hair must never be of such a bulk that it jeopardizes the personal safety of a firefighter in the
          performance of their duty at an emergency scene. In no cases shall hair be of a depth more
          than 50 mm from the scalp.

          Ribbons, elastics, hairpins, barrettes, hairnets and combs will not be allowed while wearing a
          Fire Department uniform or while on duty. Ponytails, buns or similar styles are not permitted.

          Hair for female firefighters: Shall be contoured to the general shape of the head and not extend
          past the top edge of the shirt collar, measured while standing at attention. Hair that is longer will
          be bound with hairpins, barrettes or elastics of a neutral colour, in a way that keeps it from
          extending past the top edge of the shirt collar and not interfere with the headband or secure fit
          of uniform hats and protective headwear.

          Hair must never be of such a bulk that it will jeopardize the personal safety of a firefighter in the
          performance of their duty at an emergency scene. In no cases shall hair be of a depth more
          than 50 mm from the scalp.

          Ribbons, hairnets or combs will not be allowed while wearing any Fire Department uniform or
          while on duty. Ponytails or similar styles are not permitted.

     Hair covering the ear shall not extend below the bottom of the ear opening.

     Hair may be coloured, frosted or tinted in a colour naturally occurring in human hair. Etchings or
     other extreme cutting is not permitted.

     Members wearing any Fire Department uniform or on duty must be clean-shaven except where
     facial hair conforms to the following two standards:

               Sideburns shall be cut level and shall not extend below the bottom of the ear lobe. They
               must be kept neat, trimmed and not interfere with the proper seal of the self-contained
               breathing apparatus face piece or of the N95 respirator masks.

               Beards, goatees and soul patches will not be allowed. Moustaches must be kept neat,
               trimmed and clean-shaven to within 10 mm of the corner of the mouth and 10 mm below the
               centre line of the mouth. Moustaches must not interfere with the proper seal of the
               self-contained breathing apparatus face piece or of the N95 respirator masks.


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                  HAIR AND JEWELLERY WEARING PROTOCOL …CONTINUED

     Jewellery worn with any Fire Department uniform or while on duty must conform to the following
     standards. Deviation from these standards may be cause for discipline up to, and including,
     dismissal.

          Necklaces must be worn in a fashion that makes them non-visible.

          A wristwatch or medic alert bracelet may be worn on either wrist provided it is snug enough to
          prevent a snagging hazard.

          The safest practice is the removal of ring(s) at the beginning of shift. An unobtrusive,
          conservative ring will be allowed when snagging, crushing, electrical or other hazards are not
          present.

          Earrings or other facial jewellery (except glasses) will not be worn while wearing any Fire
          Department uniform or while on duty.

          Sunglasses may be worn whenever conditions warrant their use. Sunglasses shall not be of a
          mirrored-type lens and will be removed while addressing a member of the public, participating in
          a televised interview or posing for a picture to be shown in the media.


                           ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Environmental factors play a large role in the performance of a firefighter’s duties. Some working
conditions that firefighters experience as part of normal operating procedures include:

     The requirement to report each shift “fit for duty”, both mentally and physically.

     Working 14-hour night shifts with little or no sleep, including holidays and weekends.

     Performing required tasks while wearing full personal protective equipment including self-contained
     breathing apparatus.

     Withstanding strong vibrations over extended periods of time (i.e., riding in emergency vehicles,
     operating/holding heavy power tools in awkward positions, etc.).

     Working quickly to extinguish fires in extreme heat and when visibility is poor/non-existent.

     Experiencing physically demanding tasks during extreme fluctuations in temperature.

     Lifting, carrying, butting, extending and climbing ladders to extreme heights, while maintaining
     balance and manoeuvring in unwieldy positions.

     Working in hazardous areas that are hot, wet, slippery, muddy, icy, dirty, cramped, etc.

     Working on and around moving machinery, vehicles and equipment.


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                 ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS …CONTINUED

     Being aware of and protecting against:
          Burns and other injuries.
          Exposure to sharp objects.
          Hazardous substances through inhalation, injection, ingestion and absorption.
          High noise levels.
          Infectious agents/biological hazards.
          Radiation hazards.
          Smoke, dust, noxious odours and contaminants.
          Uninstalled or unshielded electrical equipment.


                                 FIREFIGHTER TASKS AND DUTIES
Typical day-to-day job duties that meet the primary functions of the position include:

FIRE GROUND OPERATIONS
All on-scene fire ground operations are performed while wearing department issued protective personal
equipment and may include donning, doffing and regulating a self-contained breathing apparatus.
     EMERGENCY RESPONSE / INITIAL SCENE ASSESSMENT
          Accurately receiving/comprehending radio dispatched information;
          Responding to residential/industrial/structural/wildland fire emergencies
          Responding to rescues/requests for assistance/reports of smoke;
          Responding to electrical hazards/potentials site of ignition;
          Safely driving/riding in firefighting/emergency apparatus in response mode;
          Identifying on-scene hazards and seeking the source of the fire;
          Advising commanding officers of on-scene fire conditions, hazards and exposures;
          Assessing the emergency scene and determining if assistance from additional fire personnel,
          law enforcement, medical examiner and/or utility personnel is required;
          Determining the stability of supporting surfaces;
          Determining the safest route for extricating/evacuating victims.
          Following radio response protocols including exchanging information with other crew members,
          dispatchers and commanding officers at the scene;
          Communicating with hand signals during emergencies and while moving apparatus;
          Shutting off utility services to buildings;
          Operating electrical/gas shut-off valves.




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                            FIREFIGHTER TASKS AND DUTIES …CONTINUED

FIRE GROUND OPERATIONS…CONTINUED
     HOSE HANDLING
          Calculating building height in meters from its floors;
          Determining water stream required to reach the fire;
          Calculating litres per minute out of a particular size hose;
          Determining the number of lines needed to extinguish the fire;
          Wrapping hose around a hydrant to stretch it out and ensure it reaches the port;
          Removing the hydrant cap with a wrench;
          Coupling a hose connection to the hydrant;
          Coupling and uncoupling hose connections;
          Dragging/extending accordion folded or flat load, uncharged 65 mm or 77 mm hose;
          Opening hydrant to charge fire hose;
          Dragging/holding a charged 38/44 mm hose unassisted and opening the nozzle;
          Applying a hose clamp to a charged/uncharged hose.
     PUMP OPERATIONS
          Calculating, achieving and maintaining correct water pressure for hose lines;
          Operating foam dispensing equipment;
          Inspecting and maintaining fire apparatus during operation by checking gauges and preventing
          freeze-up.
     PRIMARY SEARCH
          Verbally communicating while wearing personal protective equipment (i.e., a face piece and
          self-contained breathing apparatus);
          Crawling on floors with limited visibility, feeling around for the heat of the fire source;
          Systematically searching for victims including missing firefighters;
          Extricating trapped conscious/unconscious victims;
          Dragging/carrying/removing conscious/unconscious victims from danger source;
          Unassisted, carrying conscious/unconscious victims down stairs/out of buildings;
          Unassisted, carrying conscious/unconscious victims down ladders;
     VENTILATION
          Calculating building height in meters from its floors to elevate fire apparatus and/or ground
          ladders to correct height;
          Being aware of electrical lines/hazards when positioning fire apparatus, ladders, etc.;
          Setting up Aerial jacks/out-riggers and placing chocks;
          Operating the ladder pipe from Aerial platform and positioning/raising ladder;
          Removing extension ladder from apparatus and placing in position;




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                            FIREFIGHTER TASKS AND DUTIES …CONTINUED

FIRE GROUND OPERATIONS…CONTINUED
     VENTILATION…CONTINUED
          Butting ladder, raising halyard to desired length and then positioning the ladder by lowering it
          into its objective;
          Climbing Aerial and/or ground ladders;
          While on a ladder or from other heights (i.e., rooftops), directing hose/nozzle at fire;
          Removing from apparatus and transporting/placing heavy equipment into operation (i.e.,
          positive pressure fans, power plants, ladders, tools);
          Hoisting equipment to upper levels with a rope;
          Carrying heavy equipment up stairs;
          Determining when to open roofs, walls and doors;
          Making openings for ventilation using hydraulic/power/hand-tools;
          After a fire is extinguished, checking for smouldering fire inside walls and ceiling;
          Lowering ladders and re-bedding them onto apparatus;
          Reloading wet hose back onto apparatus.

     INTERIOR ATTACK
          Using unwieldy tools (i.e., axes, sledge hammers, etc.) to make forcible entries;
          Entering smoke filled buildings/rooms with a hose in hand;
          Dragging charged hose on stairs and around obstacles (i.e., furniture, walls);
          Extending the booster line to a fire;
          Opening a nozzle on a charged hose line;
          Operating/holding a charged line in confined spaces/awkward positions;
          Monitoring hot spots/preventing flare ups.

     SALVAGE/OVERHAUL
          Securing/preserving evidence at fire scene;
          Stabilising walls/roofs;
          Moving furniture/valuables and protecting them with salvage covers;
          Creating dikes for channelling water out of building;
          Removing burned and charred waste.




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                            FIREFIGHTER TASKS AND DUTIES …CONTINUED

PRE-HOSPITAL CARE
On-scene pre-hospital care is performed while wearing department issued protective personal
equipment.
     Accurately receiving/comprehending radio dispatched information as first responder;
     Removing from apparatus and carrying to scene heavy trauma bag;
     Donning additional personal protective equipment (i.e., gloves, masks, etc.);
     Assessing patient condition and providing initial medical care;
     Managing hysterical/agitated/unstable patients requiring medical attention;
     Applying resuscitation measures as necessary;
     Performing CPR or other appropriate cardiac emergency procedures;
     Setting up and operating an Automatic External Defibrillator;
     Administering oxygen;
     Controlling bleeding/immobilising fractures/bandaging wounds;
     Treating shock;
     Assisting in childbirth;
     Gathering information from a patient or family regarding the patient’s medical history;
     Providing concise/complete information to paramedics regarding status of patient(s);
     Assisting paramedics with continued care of the patient;
     Preparing and transferring a patient to an emergency vehicle;
     Assisting paramedics by safely driving ambulance (if needed) to medical facility;
     Cleaning-up of biohazards and disinfecting the scene.

VEHICLE EXTRICATION
Vehicle extrication is performed while wearing department issued protective personal equipment, which
may include donning, doffing and regulating self-contained breathing apparatus.
     Controlling the accident scene to protect self, crew, victims, witnesses, etc.;
     Directing traffic around accident scene;
     Stabilizing vehicles using cribbing and other necessary tools;
     Removing from apparatus, carrying, starting and operating heavy/hydraulic equipment to extricate
     trapped victims;
     Safely freeing/removing persons from entrapments;
     Preserving evidence at the scene;
     Sweeping up/picking up glass, debris and hazardous material spills.




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                            FIREFIGHTER TASKS AND DUTIES …CONTINUED

FIRE STATION DUTIES
     Maintaining physical and mental abilities to be ‘fit-for-duty’;
     Reporting for duty early to maintain a crew accountability system;
     Presenting a clean/neat personal appearance to maintain proper deportment;
     Maintaining positive and harmonious working relationships with crew members;
     Removing used equipment from apparatus after calls for cleaning/drying;
     Removing hoses from hose tower and storing them;
     Preparing the emergency vehicles for the next response, including decontaminating and disinfecting
     unit and equipment, restocking supplies, inspecting equipment and making or arranging for
     necessary repairs or replacement;
     Performing facility repairs or requesting maintenance calls;
     Storing fire equipment and supplies;
     Replenishing fire station supplies when needed;
     Maintaining an inventory of tools and equipment;
     Thoroughly inspecting, cleaning, polishing and maintaining apparatus, tools, equipment and
     personal protective equipment;
     Inspecting, servicing and performing tests of personal protective equipment including self-contained
     breathing apparatus;
     Performing equipment overhaul operations;
     Performing regular service tests on all apparatus;
     Participating in ongoing training drills to further develop and maintain proficiency;
     Maintaining a neat and clean working/living environment at the fire station;
     Maintaining the exterior of the fire station (i.e., lawns, walkways, driveways);
     Answering routine phone calls in the station;
     Conducting fire station tours;
     Assisting with hazardous materials dropped off at fire station for disposal;
     Planning and cooking meals;
     Making own bed and changing linens when appropriate;
     Working out/participating in group sporting activities to maintain physical fitness.

FIRE PREVENTION/INSPECTIONS
     Inspecting commercial buildings for fire hazards as defined in fire codes;
     Inspecting multi-residential complexes for fire hazards, dangers or violations;
     Determining and accurately documenting fire code violations;
     Noting standpipes, shutoffs, fire panels and lock box locations;
     Checking operation of exit lights, emergency lights and fire extinguishers for dates of recharge/test;
     Smoke detector inspection and battery replacement;
     Hydrant flushing and inspection; filling out deficiency notices.



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                            FIREFIGHTER TASKS AND DUTIES …CONTINUED

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
     Writing Patient Care Reports and other administrative forms;
     Completing computerised incident reports (data entry);
     Writing building fire inspection reports;
     Completing in-station training materials and following departmental communiqué.
TRAINING/DRILLS
     Reviewing training materials to learn and have a working knowledge of:
        Fire behaviour and various causes of fire;
        How to successfully attack a fire;
        Building construction to predict fire reaction;
        Forcible entry into buildings;
        Ventilation methods to aid in extinguishing fires;
        Appropriate fire streams given factors that can affect flow of water through air;
        Water supply systems;
        Hydraulics and pump operation;
        Practising and performing evolutions;
        Caring for hoses, hose lays and hose use;
        The characteristics of and proper use of ladders;
        Various methods of rescue;
        Ropes and knots to accomplish rescues, stabilise vehicles and haul tools;
        Extricating victims from vehicles;
        Principles of shoring trenches, hydraulics and weights/gravity;
        Salvage and overhaul;
        Fire alarms and automatic sprinkler systems;
        Hazardous materials codes and techniques;
        The most direct routes to various addresses in a response area;
        The locations of streets, water mains and hydrants in a response area;
        Fire department rules and regulations, policies and procedures;
        Other learning as identified by the Fire Station Captain and/or Training Division.
PROMOTING POSITIVE PUBLIC RELATIONS
     Using tact and diplomacy when dealing with all citizens;
     Treating citizens, co-workers and members of mutual aid agencies respectfully and with dignity and
     professionalism regardless of race, creed, gender or beliefs;
     Interacting and working successfully with citizens and any outside agencies;
     Referring victims to agencies that provide social services;
     Conducting blood pressure and cholesterol screening clinics in fire stations and in public venues
     (i.e., office buildings, malls, senior’s complexes, etc.);
     Providing fire education programs to the public;
     Making public education appearances;
     Educating citizens on the proper wearing of bicycle helmets;
     Conducting demonstrations at community events;
     Volunteering time and/or participating in fundraisers for charitable work.

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                                     SPECIALTY RESCUE TEAMS
In order to respond to special rescue scenarios, firefighters may choose to join in-house specialty
teams. A general breakdown of the different teams and their job functions are:

AIRCRAFT FIREFIGHTING
     Aircraft emergency standby;
     First fire/medical response coverage for airport terminal, Parkade and onsite airport tenants;
     Fire standby for welding and cutting jobs near the airport;
     Performing fire inspections in and around the airport (i.e., construction zones);
     Conducting live fire and extinguisher training;
     Training airport personnel on CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator;
     Training airport personnel on Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems;
     Training Calgary Airport Authority personnel in Transportation of Dangerous Goods;
     Aircraft familiarization;
     Public relations in the airport terminal including fire station tours;
     Hazardous materials pick up.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
     Responding to the release or potential release of hazardous material;
     Utilizing and maintaining personal/chemical protection equipment;
     Reading reference materials at scene and calling proper authorities to provide appropriate response
     to hazardous materials spills;
     Performing defensive mitigation techniques (i.e., diking, damming, diverting, etc.);
     Using extinguishers to spraying chemicals on a fire;
     Picking up and safely containing biohazards;
     Cleaning-up and safely disposing of contaminated fluids and biohazards.
HIGH ANGLE
     Rescue of injured or trapped victims from the exterior of buildings;
     Rescue of injured or trapped victims from the interior of buildings or elevator shafts;
     Rescue from construction sites;
     Tower crane and bridge rescue;
     Rescue from electrical transmission towers;
     Rescue from slopes or ravines;
     Removal or stabilization of glass or debris which threaten public safety on high rises;
     Learning and having a working knowledge of:
        Principles of ropes;
        Which knots are used where;
        Principles of ropes and weights, tensile strengths and working strengths;
        Principles of belay system;
        The uses of high angle safety equipment;
        Laws of gravity;
        Hand signals in high angle procedure;
        Window system of high rise buildings;
        Rescue techniques for heavy/light people;
        Communication skills when dealing with hysterical/irrational/suicidal people.

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                                 SPECIALTY RESCUE TEAMS …CONTINUED

URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE
     Assisting in assembling a mobile unit for transport to remote areas in short time frames;
     Setting up units in remote areas, unfriendly climates, areas of hazardous situations;
     Adapting to fire, acts of terrorism/riots, natural gas explosions, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, etc.;
     Using specific tools and equipment to search for survivors in building collapses, earthquakes,
     hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.;
     Gaining familiarity with agricultural equipment, construction sites, industrial fabrication shops, food
     processing equipment, wells, gas wells, waterways, sewer systems, under street cavities, utility
     corridors, etc.

AQUATIC RESCUE
     Performing emergency water and ice rescues on lakes and rivers;
     Working in and around water and ice in any weather condition with poor visibility;
     Underwater victim/body recovery;
     Assisting in underwater evidence recovery;
     Performing river patrols, teaching water safety (i.e., promoting the wearing of personal flotation
     devices, ice safety, etc.);
     Team members must have the ability to:
        Swim assisted or unassisted with personal flotation device;
        Communicate with hand signals;
        Operate and maintain boats;
        Operate vehicle with trailer, towing and backing up.
     Learning and having a working knowledge of:
        Water rescue techniques;
        River flows;
        Calgary’s river system;
        Bylaws of Calgary waterways;
        Boat Operators course.
     Learning and having a working knowledge of:
        Dive techniques for tending life lines;
        Tug/rope signals to divers below surface;
        Recognizing safety areas of readying divers to go below surface;
        How to set up support systems for ice diving;
        How to safely protect area around a diving hole.




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                      FIREFIGHTER APPLICANT FITNESS REQUIREMENTS
The Fire Service views fitness as an integral component in firefighting. The physical strain induced
while performing operational tasks varies according to each person’s muscular strength/endurance,
cardiovascular conditioning, motor coordination and flexibility.
JOB PHYSICAL DEMANDS / BACKGROUND
The risk of injury in firefighting and rescue work results mainly from:
     The use of various heavy machines and apparatus;
     Dangerous entrances and awkward spaces for moving;
     Extreme heat exposures;
     Rapidly changing environmental conditions.

In emergency situations, firefighters must be physically able to act quickly and at times, under duress.
FOR EXAMPLE

     In a multi-story structure fire, a firefighter climbs stairs while wearing heavy and cumbersome
     personal protective equipment (weighing up to 25-kg) and carrying tools (weighing up to 30-kg).
     Following this strenuous stair climb, the firefighter must be fit enough to then carry out physically
     demanding operational tasks.

     In rescue operations associated with traffic accidents, a firefighter must be capable of handling
     hydraulic tools (weighing up to 15 kg) in strenuous and awkward work positions for considerable
     lengths of time.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL HIRING STANDARDS

PRE JOB OFFER ASSESSMENT – CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (CPAT)

In 1997, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and International Fire Chiefs Association
(IAFC) teamed up with 10 major North American fire services and unions to create the IAFF/IAFC
Wellness-Fitness Task Force to address national standards on firefighter health and fitness.

Through this mutual IAFF/IAFC partnership, an entry-level firefighter task specific test was created
known as the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). This physical ability test was developed to allow
fire departments to assess pools of trainable candidates who have the minimal physical ability to
perform essential job tasks at fire scenes.

The CPAT is a minimal task-analysis initiative that requires no prior firefighter knowledge to be
successful. The intent of this test is to establish an individual’s ability to perform physical job tasks with
enough reserve for emergency situations and normal activities. Successful applicants are those who
have incorporated fitness as a lifestyle, as this is important to a firefighter’s health and safety
considering the profession’s physical demands.




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             FIREFIGHTER APPLICANT FITNESS REQUIREMENTS …CONTINUED

MINIMUM PHYSICAL HIRING STANDARDS …CONTINUED

POST JOB OFFER ASSESSMENT – WELLNESS FITNESS INITIATIVE (WFI) TREADMILL EVALUATION

The Calgary Fire Department uses a workload capacity treadmill test to measure a firefighter
applicant’s cardiovascular conditioning levels prior to commencing employment.

The purpose of treadmill testing firefighter applicants is to:

     Ensure that the individual’s heart displays no abnormalities at intense workloads.

     Measure the applicant’s oxygen uptake ability.

     Confirm that the individual’s cardiovascular capacity is sufficient to obtain required workloads during
     strenuous firefighting operations.

Oxygen uptake is the amount of oxygen cells can absorb from the blood stream. Maximal Oxygen
Consumption Testing is defined as the maximum amount of oxygen one uses in one minute per
kilogram of body weight (O2/kg/minute). No matter how much air is breathed in, the limiting factor in
determining an individual’s fitness is the body’s ability to extract oxygen from the blood and supply it to
the working muscles. The more aerobically fit one is, the more oxygen the muscle cells can absorb.


                                 PHYSICAL FITNESS PREPARATION
A personal commitment to a life-long fitness regime is essential to safely performing firefighter duties.
To prepare for this challenging career, you need to follow and maintain a total body program that is
specific for the job tasks and one that focuses on:

     Flexibility
     Cardiopulmonary Endurance
     Muscular Strength
     Muscular Endurance

Body composition is also considered an area of physical fitness. Excess body fat increases the
workload placed on the body and decreases its ability to dissipate heat.

Consulting a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Certified Fitness Consultant and/or an AFLCA
Resistance Trainer can help you achieve your fitness goal. Appointments for personal fitness training
can be booked at any City of Calgary Fitness Centre.




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                            PHYSICAL FITNESS PREPARATION …CONTINUED

CAUTION

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY READINESS

Before beginning any exercise routine or aerobic fitness evaluation, it is essential you have an
awareness of your ability to partake in physical activity.

Please read the following questions carefully and answer each one honestly. Common sense is your
best guide when selecting the appropriate choice:

      Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and recommended only                  YES       NO
      medically approved physical activity?
      Do you have chest pain brought on by physical activity?                                         YES       NO
      Have you developed chest pain (while resting) in the past month?                                YES       NO
      Do you lose consciousness or balance as a result of dizziness?                                  YES       NO
      Do you have a joint or bone problem that could be aggravated by prescribed activity?            YES       NO
      Is your doctor currently prescribing medication for your blood pressure or a heart              YES       NO
      condition?
      Are you or have you been pregnant within the last six-(6) months?                               YES       NO
      Are you aware, through your own experience or a doctor’s advice, of any other reason            YES       NO
      against your exercising without medical approval?


     If you have answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, please consult your physician BEFORE
     you begin aerobic fitness training.

          If you are uncertain how to interpret any of the questions and/or their relationship to your health, please
          discuss with your doctor.


CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST PREPARATION

To assist you with your overall fitness conditioning, we offer you access to the CANDIDATE PHYSICAL
ABILITY TEST (CPAT) PREPARATION GUIDE that was developed by the IAFF/ICHIEFS Fire Service Joint
Labour Management Wellness/Fitness Initiative in 1997.

Although the conditioning programs listed in the CPAT PREPARATION GUIDE are best accomplished at a
gym with an array of equipment, a section is included with exercises that require little or no equipment.

     Note: A copy of the IAFF/IAFC CPAT PREPARATION GUIDE is available to download from www.calgary.ca/fire
     or you may contact Calgary Fire Wellness personnel at (403) 974-4952 or email: CPAT.info@calgary.ca to
     request a copy from a Kinesiologist.




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                            PHYSICAL FITNESS PREPARATION …CONTINUED

WFI TREADMILL TEST PREPARATION

To assist you with preparing for the WFI treadmill test, Calgary Fire Wellness personnel have
developed and made available a cardiovascular based training program.

     Note: A copy of the WFI Training Program is available to download from www.calgary.ca/fire or you
     may contact Calgary Fire Wellness personnel at (403) 974-4952 or email: CPAT.info@calgary.ca to request a
     copy from a Kinesiologist.

To follow the program, use the information from Table 1 (Daily Training Protocol) as a guide for each
day of the week. For any day that is marked Steady State, use Table 2 (Aerobic Steady State) to
determine the duration according to the week you are in. For any day that is marked Intervals, use
Table 3 (Intervals) to determine your work intervals for each day. This program also has an outline for
how to distribute strength training days throughout the week.


                                    EXERCISE STRESS TESTING
Cardiopulmonary health is essential for emergency responders. The physiologic burden of wearing
bulky protective clothing and breathing through a self-contained breathing apparatus while performing
physically demanding work at an incident scene places an enormous strain on the body. Firefighter
work environments are known to contain toxic chemicals that may also contribute to the development of
heart disease over time.

“Exercise Stress Test” refers to stressing the body by putting an exercise load on it and measuring the
response. Most people relate the term exercise stress testing to cardiovascular testing.

Exercise stress testing is an important tool used by physicians and exercise specialists to:

     Determine whether an individual is physically fit to perform essential job tasks without undue risk of
     harm to self or others.
     Monitor the effects of exposure to specific biological, physical or chemical agents that may be
     related to hazardous working conditions.
     Detect any patterns of disease that might indicate underlying work-related problems.
     Provide the firefighter with information about his/her current health.
     Provide a cost-effective investment in the early detection, disease prevention and health promotion
     of the firefighter.
     Develop recommendations for exercise prescription and rehabilitation.
     Comply with federal, provincial and local health, safety and wellness requirements.




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                                   AEROBIC FITNESS PREPARATION
One component of firefighter health assessment is to evaluate the level of cardiovascular (aerobic)
fitness. Aerobic fitness can be measured by the volume of oxygen one consumes while exercising at
maximum capacity.
METHODS FOR INCREASING YOUR CARDIOVASCULAR CAPACITY:

1. Predicted tests such as the 1.5-mile (2.46-km) run help estimate your aerobic capacity. If you can
   jog a distance of 1.5-miles (2.46-km) in under 11 minutes 40 seconds, you are likely operating at a
   rate which is the minimal accepted range for entry-level Calgary firefighters.

          Note: This pace averages at 7 minutes 47 seconds per mile.

2. Increase your aerobic capacity by training at an intensity that raises your heart rate to between 60%
   and 85% of your HEART RATE RESERVE RANGE for at least 20 minutes, three to five times a week.

     HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR HEART RATE RESERVE RANGE

          Calculate your estimated MAXIMUM HEART RATE using the following formula:
             220 minus your age = your predicted MAXIMUM HEART RATE (MHR)
                    For a 20-year-old     220 – 20 = 200 MHR

          Next, determine your RESTING HEART RATE (RHR) by taking your pulse for one full minute.
             Typical pulse rate = 70 RHR

          Subtract your RHR from your MHR.
             200 – 70 = 130 (calculated total)

          Calculate 60% of your calculated total
             60 x 130 / 100 = 78

          Calculate 85% of your calculated total
             85 x 130 / 100 = 111 (rounded up to next whole number)

          Add your RHR back into to both percentages:
             78 + 70 = 148    111 + 70 = 181

          Your Heart Rate Reserve Range                148 – 181

3. You can also develop and measure your aerobic capacity by the use of the WFI TREADMILL
   EVALUATION and a standard treadmill. As most treadmills use miles per hour (mph) for speed
   measurements, that is the standard used for this material.




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                            AEROBIC FITNESS PREPARATION …CONTINUED
WFI TREADMILL EVALUATION PROTOCOL

1. Straddle the treadmill belt until it begins to move. When the treadmill reaches approximately
   one mph, step onto the belt.
2. Next, increase the speed to three mph at 0% grade.
3. Start a stopwatch when the treadmill reaches three mph at 0% grade. Continue with this speed and
   grade for three minutes (steady state).
4. This assessment is a series of one-minute intervals, alternating between speed and percent grade.
   All subsequent speed increases occur at 0.5 mph.
5. At 4:01 minutes, increase the grade from 0% to 2%. All subsequent grade increases occur at
   2% intervals.
6. The assessment will continue until you can no longer continue or you exhibit the medical criteria for
   early termination. The goal is to meet or exceed 12 minutes and 30 seconds.
7. Once the assessment is completed, perform a cool-down for a minimum of three minutes at
   three mph, 0% grade. Continue to monitor your heart rate during the cool down.

     The following chart can help you determine what stage you are reaching:

                                                              TIME                SPEED (IN MPH)   % GRADE
      The Calgary Fire Department                         0:00 – 1:00                  3.0             0
      conducts the WFI Treadmill                          1:01 – 2:00                  3.0             0
      Evaluation using direct gas analysis.               2:01 – 3:00                  3.0             0
      The minimum accepted standard for                   3:01 – 4:00                  4.5             0
      CFD firefighter applicants is 12                    4:01 – 5:00                  4.5             2
      minutes and 30 seconds. It is                       5:01 – 6:00                  5.0             2
      important that you train to be                      6:01 – 7:00                  5.0             4
      comfortable obtaining this level as it              7:01 – 8:00                  5.5             4
      is the minimum.                                     8:01 – 9:00                  5.5             6
                                                          9:01 – 10:00                 6.0             6
                                                         10:01 – 11:00                 6.0             8
                                                         11:01 – 12:00                 6.5            8
       GOAL = 12 minutes, 30 seconds                     12:01 – 13:00                 6.5            10
                                                         13:01 – 14:00                 7.0            10
      Please note that additional                        14:01 – 15:00                 7.0            12
      information is collected during this               15:01 – 16:00                 7.5            12
      treadmill evaluation as it also forms              16:01 – 17:00                 7.5            14
      part of your baseline medical status.              17:01 – 18:00                 8.0            14
      As a result, it is important that you                                    RECOVERY PHASE
      give your absolute best effort during                0:00 – 1:00                 3.0            0
      your WFI test.                                       1:01 – 2:00                 3.0            0
                                                           2:01 – 3:00                 3.0            0



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   MEDICAL CONDITIONS AFFECTING ABILITY TO SAFELY PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB TASKS

The pre-employment medical/fitness standards for Calgary firefighters have been set by the
department’s Occupational Health Physician. The ultimate criterion is that the entry-level firefighter
must execute duties and assignments in a manner which is safe to him/her and others, with expediency
and accuracy.

The Calgary Fire Department’s medical standards follow the requirements outlined under the National
Fire Protection Association Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire
Departments 2007 Edition (referred to as “NFPA 1582”).

The following information is provided as a general guideline and is not all-encompassing. A complete
copy of the NFPA 1582 standard can be purchased from the National Fire Protection Association at
www.nfpa.org or (617) 770-3000.


        N F PA 1 5 8 2 , C H A PT ER 5 , S EC T ION 5 .1 – E S S E N T I A L J O B T A S K S    AND   DESCRIPTIONS


The fire department shall evaluate the following 13 essential job tasks against the types and levels of
emergency services provided to the local community by the fire department, the types of structures and
occupancies comprising the community, and the configuration of the fire department to determine the
essential job tasks of fire department members and candidates;

1. Performing fire-fighting tasks (e.g. hoseline operations, extensive crawling, lifting and carrying
   heavy objects, ventilating roofs or walls using power or hand tools, forcible entry), rescue
   operations, and other emergency response actions under stressful conditions while wearing
   personal protective ensembles and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), including working in
   extremely hot or cold environments for prolonged time periods.

2. Wearing an SCBA which includes a demand valve-type positive-pressure facepiece or HEPA filter
   masks, which requires the ability to tolerate increased respiratory workloads.

3. Exposure to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (infectious) and nonbiological hazards,
   and/or heated gases, despite the use of personal protective ensembles and SCBA.

4. Depending on the local jurisdiction, climbing six or more flights of stirs while wearing fire protective
   ensemble weighing at least 50 lb (22.6 kg) or more and carrying equipment/tools weighing an
   additional 20 to 40 lb (9 to 18 kb).

5. Wearing fire protective ensemble that is encapsulating and insulated, which will result in significant
   fluid loss that frequently progresses to clinical dehydration and can elevate core temperature to
   levels exceeding 102.2 F (39 C).

6. Searching, finding, and rescue-dragging or carrying victims ranging from newborns up to adults
   weighing over 200 lb (90 kg) to safety despite hazardous conditions and low visibility.




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NFPA 1582 – ESSENTIAL JOB TASKS…CONTINUED

7. Advancing water-filled hoselines up to 2½ in. (65 mm) in diameter from fire apparatus to occupancy
   [approximately 150 ft (50 m)], which can involve negotiating multiple flights of stairs, ladders, and
   other obstacles.

8. Climbing ladders, operating from heights, walking or crawling in the dark along narrow or uneven
   surfaces, and operating in proximity to electrical power lines and/or other hazards.

9. Unpredictable emergency requirements for prolonged periods of extreme physical exertion without
   benefit of warm-up, scheduled rest periods, meals, access to medication(s), or hydration.

10. Operating fire apparatus or other vehicles in an emergency mode with emergency lights and sirens.

11. Critical, time-sensitive, complex problem solving during physical exertion in stressful, hazardous
    environments, including hot, dark, tightly enclosed spaces that is further aggravated by fatigue
    flashing lights, sirens, and other distractions.

12. Ability to communicate (give and comprehend verbal orders) while wearing personal protective
    ensembles and SCBA under conditions of high background noise, poor visibility, and drenching
    from hoselines and/or fixed protection systems (sprinklers).

13. Functioning as an integral component of a team, where sudden incapacitation of a member can
    result in mission failure or in risk of injury or death to civilians or other team members.

          N F PA 1 5 8 2 , C H A PT ER 6 , S EC T ION 6 .2 .2 – C A T E G O R Y “A” M E D I C A L C O N D I T I O N S

“Candidates with Category “A” medical conditions shall not be certified as meeting the medical
requirements of this standard.”

NFPA 1582 – CATEGORY “A” MEDICAL CONDITIONS NOT ACCEPTED

SECTION 6.3 – HEAD AND NECK
     Defect of skull preventing helmet use or leaving underlying brain unprotected from trauma.
     Any skull or facial deformity that would not allow for a successful respiratory facepiece fit test.
     Any head or neck condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the
     essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.4 – EYES AND VISION
     Far visual acuity less than 20 / 40 binocular, corrected with contact lenses or spectacles, or far visual acuity
     less than 20 / 100 binocular for wearers of hard contacts or spectacles, uncorrected.
          Note: Successful long-term soft contact lens wearers are not subject to the uncorrected standard; long-
          term is defined as six months without a problem.
     Monochromatic vision resulting in inability to use imaging devices such as thermal imaging camera.
          Note: Candidates must pass the Farnesworth-Hue Colour Test or Ishihara Test for Colour Blindness.



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CATEGORY “A” MEDICAL CONDITIONS NOT ACCEPTED …CONTINUED

SECTION 6.4 – EYES AND VISION…CONTINUED
     Monocular vision that restricts the candidate’s ability to drive fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles.
     Any eye condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the essential
     job tasks.

SECTION 6.5 – EARS AND HEARING
     Chronic vertigo or impaired balance as demonstrated by the inability to tandem gait walk.
     On audiometric testing, average hearing loss in the unaided better ear greater than 40 decibels (dB) at
     500 hertz (Hz), 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, and 3000 Hz when the audiometric device is calibrated to ANSI Z24.5,
     Audiometric Device Testing.
     Any ear condition (or hearing impairment) that results in a person not being able to safely perform one or
     more of the essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.6 – DENTAL
     Any dental condition that results in inability to safely perform one or more of the essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.7 – NOSE, OROPHARYNX, TRACHEA, ESOPHAGUS AND LARYNX
     Tracheostomy.
     Aphonia.
     Any nasal, oropharyngeal, tracheal, esophageal or laryngeal condition that results in inability to safely perform
     one or more of the essential job tasks including fit testing for respirators such as N-95 for medical response,
     P-100 for particulates and certain vapors, and SCBA for fire and hazmat operations.

SECTION 6.8 – LUNGS AND CHEST WALL
     Active haemoptysis, empyema, pulmonary hypertension and tuberculosis.
     An FVC or FEV, less than 70 percent predicted independent of disease.
     Obstructive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma with an FEV / FVC less than 0.75,
     with both FEV and FVC below normal (less than 0.80).
     Hypoxemia – oxygen saturation less than 90 percent at rest or exercise desaturation by 4 percent or to less
     than 90 percent.
     Asthma – reactive airways disease requiring bronchodilator or corticosteroid therapy for 2 or more
     consecutive months in the previous 2 years, unless:
          A candidate who has in the past required bronchodilator, corticosteroid or anti-inflammatory therapy but
          does not believe he/she has asthma shall be evaluated by a pulmonologist or other expert in asthmatic
          lung disease such as an allergist to determine:
               Asthma has resolved without symptoms off medications for 2 years.
               If allergic, allergen avoidance or desensitization has been successful.
               Spirometry demonstrates adequate reserve (FVC and FEV1 greater than or equal to 90 percent) and
               no bronchodilator response measured off all bronchodilators on the day of testing.




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CATEGORY “A” MEDICAL CONDITIONS NOT ACCEPTED …CONTINUED

SECTION 6.8 – LUNGS AND CHEST WALL…CONTINUED
               Normal or negative response (less than 20 percent decline in FEV1) to provocative challenge using
               cold air, exercise (12 METS) or methacholine. (PC20 greater than 8 is considered normal, as
               response at dose greater than 8 mg might not be clinically significant).
                    Challenge testing shall be performed off all anti-inflammatory medications for 4 weeks preceding
                    the test and off all bronchodilators on the day of testing.

SECTION 6.9 – HEART AND VASCULAR SYSTEM
     Section 6.9.1 – Heart
          Coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary artery bypass surgery, coronary
          angioplasty and similar procedures.
          Cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure, including signs or symptoms of compromised left or right
          ventricular function, including dyspnea, S3 gallop, peripheral edema, enlarged ventricle, abnormal
          ejection fraction and/or inability to increase cardiac output with exercise.
          Acute pericarditis, endocarditis or myocarditis
          Syncope, recurrent
          Condition requiring an automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator or history of ventricular tachycardia or
          ventricular fibrillation due to ischemic or valvular heart disease or cardiomyopathy.
          Third-degree atrioventricular block.
          Cardiac pacemaker.
          Idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis.
          Any cardiac condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the
          essential job tasks.

     Section 6.9.2 – Vascular System
          Hypertension with evidence of end organ damage or not controlled by approved medications.
          Thoracic or abdominal aortic aneurysm.
          Carotid artery stenosis or obstruction resulting in greater than or equal to 50 percent reduction in blood
          flow.
          Peripheral vascular disease resulting in symptomatic claudication.
          Any other vascular condition that results in inability to safely perform on e or more of the essential job
          tasks.

SECTION 6.10 – ABDOMINAL ORGANS AND GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM
     Presence of uncorrected inguinal / femoral hernia regardless of symptoms.
     Any gastrointestinal condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the
     essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.11 – REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
     Any genital condition that results in inability to safely perform one or more of the essential job tasks.

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CATEGORY “A” MEDICAL CONDITIONS NOT ACCEPTED …CONTINUED

SECTION 6.12 – URINARY SYSTEM
     Renal failure or insufficiency requiring continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) or haemodialysis.
     Any urinary condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the
     essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.13– SPINE AND AXIAL SKELETON
     Scoliosis of thoracic or lumbar spine with angle greater than or equal to 40 degrees.
     History of spinal surgery involving fusion of two or more vertebrae or rods that are still in place.
     Any spinal or skeletal condition producing sensory or motor deficits or pain due to radiculopathy or nerve root
     compression.
     Cervical vertebral fractures with multiple vertebral body compression greater than 25 percent; evidence of
     posterior element involvement, nerve root damage, disc involvement, dislocation (partial, moderate, severe),
     abnormal exam, ligament instability, symptomatic, and/or less than 6 months post injury or less than 1 year
     since surgery.
     Thoracic vertebral fractures with vertebral body compression greater than 50 percent; evidence of posterior
     element involvement, nerve root damage, disc involvement, dislocation (severe – with or without surgery),
     abnormal exam, ligament instability, symptomatic, and/or less than 6 months post injury or less than 1 year
     since surgery.
     Lumbrosacral vertebral fractures with vertebral body compression greater than 50 percent; evidence of
     posterior element involvement, nerve root damage, disc involvement, dislocation (partial, moderate, severe),
     fragmentation, abnormal exam, ligament instability, symptomatic, and/or less than 6 months post injury or less
     than 1 year since surgery.
     Any spinal or skeletal condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of
     the essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.14 – EXTREMITIES
     Bone hardware such as metal plates or rods supporting bone during healing.
     History of total joint replacement.
     Amputation or congenital absence of upper-extremity limb (hand or higher).
     Amputation of either thumb proximal to the mid-proximal phalanx.
     Amputation or congenital absence of lower-extremity limb (foot or above).
     History of more than one dislocation of shoulder without surgical repair or with history of recurrent shoulder
     disorders within the last 5 years with pain or loss of motion, and with or without radiographic deviations from
     normal.
     Any extremity condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the
     essential job tasks.




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CATEGORY “A” MEDICAL CONDITIONS NOT ACCEPTED …CONTINUED

SECTION 6.15 – NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS
     Ataxias of heredo-degenerative type.
     Cerebral arteriosclerosis as evidenced by a history of transient ischemic attack, reversible ischemic
     neurological deficit, or ischemic stroke.
     Hemiparalysis or paralysis of a limb.
     Multiple sclerosis with activity or evidence of progression within previous 3 years.
     Myasthenia gravis with activity or evidence of progression within previous 3 years.
     Progressive muscular dystrophy or atrophy.
     Uncorrected cerebral aneurysm.
     All epileptic conditions including simple partial, complex partial, generalized, and psychomotor seizure
     disorders other than allowed in 6.15.1.1.
          A candidate with epileptic conditions shall have had complete control during the previous 5 years.
               To be medically qualified a candidate shall meet all of the following:
                    No seizures for 1 year off all anti-epileptic medication or 5 years seizure free on a stable medical
                    regimen.
                    Neurologic examination is normal.
                    Imaging (CAT or MRI scan) studies are normal.
                    Awake and asleep EEG studies with photic stimulation and hyperventilation are normal.
                    A definitive statement from a qualified neurological specialist that the candidate meets the criteria
                    specified in 6.15.1.2(1) through 6.15.1.2(4) and that the candidate is neurologically cleared for
                    fire-fighting training and the performance of a fire fighter’s essential job tasks.
     Dementia (Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases) with symptomatic loss of function or cognitive
     impairment (e.g., less than or equal to 28 on Mini-Mental Status Exam).
     Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders resulting in uncontrolled movements, bradykinesia, or
     cognitive impairment (e.g., less than or equal to 28 on Mini-Mental Status Exam).
     Any neurological condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the
     essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.16 – SKIN
     Metastatic or locally extensive basal or squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma.
     Any dermatologic condition that would not allow for a successful respiratory facepiece fit test.
     Any dermatologic condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the
     essential job tasks.




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CATEGORY “A” MEDICAL CONDITIONS NOT ACCEPTED …CONTINUED

SECTION 6.17 – BLOOD AND BLOOD-FORMING ORGANS
     Hemorrhagic states requiring replacement therapy.
     Sickle cell disease (homozygous).
     Clotting disorders.
     Any haematological conditions that results in inability to safely perform one or more of the essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.18 – ENDOCRINE AND METABOLIC DISORDERS
     Type 1 diabetes mellitus, unless a candidate meets all of the following criteria:
          Is maintained by a physician knowledgeable in current management of diabetes mellitus on a basal/bolus
          (can include subcutaneous insulin infusion pump) regimen using insulin analogs.
          Has demonstrated over a period of at least 1 year the motivation and understanding required to closely
          monitor and control capillary blood glucose levels through nutritional therapy and insulin administration.
          Assessment of this shall take into consideration the erratic meal schedules, sleep disruption, and high
          aerobic and anaerobic workloads intrinsic to fire fighting.
          Has a dilated retinal exam by a qualified ophthalmologist or optometrist that shows no higher grade of
          diabetic retinopathy than microaneurysms, as indicated on the International Clinical Diabetic Retinopathy
          Disease Severity Scale.
          Has normal renal function based on a calculated creatinine clearance greater than 60 mL/min and
          absence of proteinuria. (Creatinine clearance can be calculated by use of the Cockroft-Gault or similar
          formula. Proteinuria is defined as 24-hour urine excretion of greater than or equal to 300 mg protein or
          greater than or equal to 300 mg of albumin per gram of creatinine on a random sample).
          Has no autonomic or peripheral neuropathy. (Peripheral neuropathy is determined by diminished ability to
          feel the vibration of a 128 cps tuning fork or the light touch of a 10-gram monofilament on the dorsum of
          the great toe proximal to the nail. Autonomic neuropathy might be determined by evidence of
          gastroparesis, postural hypotension, or abnormal tests of heart rate variability.)
          Has normal cardiac function without evidence of myocardial ischemia on cardiac stress testing (to at least
          12 METS) by ECG and cardiac imaging.
          Has a signed statement from an endocrinologist knowledgeable in management of diabetes mellitus as
          well as the essential job tasks and hazards of fire fighting as described in 5.1.1 that the candidate meets
          the following criteria:
               Is being successfully maintained on a regimen consistent with 6.18.1(1)(a) and 6.18.1(1)(b).
               Has achieved stable control of blood glucose as evidenced by Hemoglobin A1C consistently less than
               8 when monitored at least twice yearly. This shall include evidence of a set schedule for blood
               glucose monitoring and a thorough review of data from such monitoring.
               Does not have an increased risk of hypoglycemia due to alcohol use or other predisposing factors.
               Has had no episodes of severe hypoglycemia (defined as requiring assistance of another) in the
               preceding 1 year, with no more than one episode of severe hypoglycemia in the preceding 5 years.
               Is certified not to have a medical contraindication to fire-fighting training and operations.




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CATEGORY “A” MEDICAL CONDITIONS NOT ACCEPTED …CONTINUED

SECTION 6.18 – ENDOCRINE AND METABOLIC DISORDERS…CONTINUED
     Insulin-requiring Type 2 diabetes mellitus, unless a candidate meets all of the following criteria:
          Is maintained by a physician knowledgeable in current management of diabetes mellitus.
          Has demonstrated over a period of at least 3 months the motivation and understanding required to closely
          monitor and control capillary blood glucose levels through nutritional therapy and insulin administration.
          Assessment of this shall take into consideration the erratic meal schedules, sleep disruption, and high
          aerobic and anaerobic workloads intrinsic to fire fighting.
          Has a dilated retinal exam by a qualified ophthalmologist or optometrist that shows no higher grade of
          diabetic retinopathy than microaneurysms, as indicated on the International Clinical diabetic Retinopathy
          Disease Severity Scale.
          Has normal renal function based on a calculated creatinine clearance greater than 60 mL/min and
          absence of proteinuria. (Creatinine clearance can be calculated by use of the Cockroft-Gault or similar
          formula. Proteinuria is defined as 24-hour urine excretion of greater than or equal to 300 mg protein or
          greater than or equal to 300 mg of albumin per gram of creatinine in a random sample.)
          Has no autonomic or peripheral neuropathy. (Peripheral neuropathy is determined by diminished ability to
          feel the vibration of a 128 cps tuning fork or the light touch of a 10-gram monofilament on the dorsum of
          the great toe proximal to the nail. Autonomic neuropathy can be determined by evidence of gastroparesis,
          postural hypotension, or abnormal tests of heart rate variability.)
          Has normal cardiac function without evidence of myocardial ischemia on cardiac stress testing (to at least
          12 METS) by ECG and cardiac imaging.
          Has a signed statement from an endocrinologist knowledgeable in management of diabetes mellitus as
          well as the essential job tasks and hazards of fire fighting as described in 5.1.1 that the candidate meets
          the following criteria:
               Is maintained on a stable insulin regimen and has demonstrated over a period of at least 3 months
               the motivation and understanding required to closely monitor and control capillary blood glucose
               levels despite varied activity schedules through nutritional therapy and insulin administration.
               Has achieved stable control of blood glucose as evidence by Hemoglobin A1C less than 8 when
               monitored at least twice yearly, which must include evidence of a set schedule for blood glucose
               monitoring and a thorough review of data from such monitoring.
               Does not have an increased risk of hypoglycemia due to alcohol use or other predisposing factors.
               Has had no episodes of severe hypoglycemia (defined as requiring assistance of another) in the
               preceding 1 year, with no more than one episode of severe hypoglycemia in the preceding 5 years.
               Is certified not to have a medical contraindication to fire-fighting training and operations.
     Any endocrine or metabolic condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or
     more of the essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.19 – SYSTEMIC DISEASES AND MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS
     Any systemic condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the
     essential job tasks.




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CATEGORY “A” MEDICAL CONDITIONS NOT ACCEPTED …CONTINUED

SECTION 6.20 – TUMORS AND MALIGNANT DISEASES
     Malignant disease that is newly diagnosed, untreated, or currently being treated, or under active surveillance
     due to the increased risk for reoccurrence.
     Any tumour or similar condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of
     the essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.21 – PSYCHIATRIC CONDITIONS
     Any psychiatric condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the
     essential job tasks.

SECTION 6.22 – CHEMICALS, DRUGS, AND MEDICATIONS
     Those that require chronic or frequent treatment with any of the following medications or classes of
     medications:
          Narcotics, including methadone.
          Sedative-hypnotics.
          Drugs that prolong prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, or international normalized ratio (INR).
          Beta-adrenergic blocking agents, high-dose diuretics, or central acting antihypertensive agents (e.g.,
          clonidine).
          Respiratory medications: inhaled bronchodilators, inhaled corticosteroids, systemic corticosteroids,
          theophylline, and leukotriene receptor blockers/antagonists.
          High-dose corticosteroids for chronic disease.
          Anabolic steroids.
          Any chemical, drug, or medication that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or
          more of the essential job tasks.
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        For reference, a complete copy of the NFPA 1582 standard can be purchased from the
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                                 MINIMUM FIREFIGHTER QUALIFICATIONS

IMPORTANT QUALIFICATIONS NOTES

     It is your responsibility to understand and meet the minimum qualifications before you submit your
     application.

     You are to provide legible proof of meeting the minimum qualifications with your application.

     You will need to maintain your qualifications throughout the assessment processes.

     Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in the rejection of your application file.

     If you are found to have falsified or intentionally misrepresented your credentials, your application
     file will be permanently closed. No future applications will be accepted from you.
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NOTE: Effective January 1, 2009, the Calgary Fire Department no longer requires firefighter
      applicants to submit a fee with their application package.

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FOR EASE OF UNDERSTANDING, THE QUALIFICATIONS ARE GROUPED INTO THREE-(3) SECTIONS:

SECTION 1 – PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS
You must be:

1. At least 18 years of age on the date of your application;

2. Eligible now for employment in Canada;
          You must be legally entitled to work in Canada before you submit your application.

          If you are the holder of a Permanent Resident Card or open work Visa, please include a photocopy of this
          information with your application.

               The Calgary Fire Department is not participating in the Provincial Nominee Program at this time.


SECTION 2 – CURRENT VACCINATIONS
          Photocopied vaccination records must be legible and include injection dates along with authorized
          signatures and a drug dose or lot number. Clinic contact information must also be provided.

          If childhood vaccination records are no longer available, we will accept the results of a current antigen
          titres test that verify your immunity. If results are inconclusive or negative, you will need to consult with
          your physician or local health authority to be vaccinated. Proof will be required.


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                      MINIMUM FIREFIGHTER QUALIFICATIONS …CONTINUED
SECTION 2 – CURRENT VACCINATIONS … CONTINUED
You must provide documented proof of receiving the following inoculations:

1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella – (a.k.a. MMR);
          Documentation must provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella.

2. Tetanus/Diphtheria – (a.k.a. Td);
          Your most recent Td inoculation must be received within the past 10 years.

3. Hepatitis-B – (a.k.a. Hep-B);
          Do not apply until you have received at least two Hep-B inoculations.                  A third date must also be
          scheduled and included on your application document.
          Please ensure you receive your third Hep-B inoculation prior to commencement of your employment.
          It is recommended you follow the Standard or Rapid dosing schedule for all three injections. If not, you
          may be required to produce a Hepatitis-B titre test result confirming immunity.


SECTION 3 – CERTIFICATIONS

You must provide documents verifying you have:

1. A High School Diploma or equivalency;
          Equivalencies can include a High School Equivalency Diploma (i.e., G.E.D.), a two-year post-secondary
          diploma, an undergraduate or applied degree, or journeyman certificate.

2. A valid Class 5 Alberta or out-of-province equivalent driver’s license with:

          No more than six-(6) Alberta demerits or out-of-province equivalencies; and

          No present suspensions or charges pending.
               You must maintain these license standards throughout the hiring process.

               Cannot be a probationary or Graduated Driver’s licence.

               Note: On receipt of a job offer, you will be required to acquire (at your cost) an Alberta Commercial
               Operator’s License allowing you to operate ambulances with passengers and fire apparatus with air
               brakes. If you are from out-of-province, you must transfer your license before you begin employment.

                    Prior to employment commencement, we will accept only the following licenses:

                         Alberta Class 1; Alberta Class 2 with “Q”; or Alberta Class 3 AND Class 4 with “Q”.



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                FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Q   “Can I apply before I have met all of the minimum qualifications if I intend to complete them once you’ve
    accepted my application (e.g., High School/equivalency, Hepatitis-B vaccinations, etc.)?”

    A    No. You must meet all of the minimum qualifications before you apply. Proof is required.

Q   “Where can I find information on becoming eligible for employment in Canada?”

    A    Please contact the Government of Canada’s Citizenship                                   and   Immigration   Centre      at
         (http://canadainternational.gc.ca) or toll free at 1-888-242-2100.

Q   “How can I determine if a medical condition I have makes me ineligible for hire?”

    A    Your physician is the best resource for information on your personal health. We encourage you to
         book a complete physical with your physician before you decide to submit a firefighter application to
         identify and/or discuss any conditions that may affect your ability to perform essential entry-level
         firefighter job tasks.

              To aid your physician in understanding the job tasks, a copy of the NFPA 1582 standard can be
              purchased through the National Fire Protection Association at (http://www.nfpa.org) or (617) 770-3000.
              Alternatively, your doctor can contact our Wellness Centre at (403) 873-2352 and talk with our
              Occupational Physician.

              Please do not submit a vision report, audiogram report or any other medical information with your
              application.

Q   “How can I demonstrate that I meet the immunization requirements if I do not have my childhood
    vaccination records?”

    A    Please contact your local health provider or physician for their guidance in requesting an antigen
         titres test or to receive the required inoculations.

Q   “I did not complete a High School Diploma. What will you accept as a suitable equivalent?”

    A    We will accept a High School Equivalency Diploma (i.e., G.E.D.), a two-year post-secondary
         diploma, an undergraduate or applied degree, or an apprenticeship or journeyman certificate.

              To find the guidelines for completing High School equivalency programs, please refer to the Provincial
              and Territorial Departments and Ministers Responsible for Education in Canada at
              (http://www.cmec.ca/educmin.en.stm) or (416) 962-8100.

Q   “I do not have a copy of my High School or equivalency diploma? What will you accept as a suitable
    replacement?”

    A    We will accept a copy of an official school transcript providing that it clearly indicates you have met
         the requirements to be awarded the diploma.

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              FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – QUALIFICATIONS …CONTINUED

Q   “I completed my education outside of Canada. How can I be sure it meets your qualifications?”

    A    Please contact Alberta Government’s International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS) at
         (http://www.immigration.alberta.ca/iqas) or (780) 427-2655 to determine how your education
         compares to Alberta’s educational standards.

              If applicable, please have your non-English documents translated prior to including them with your
              application.

Q   “I do not live in Alberta. How can I determine if my driver’s license and/or demerit points meet your
    driver license qualifications?”

    A    Please contact the Alberta Government (http://governmentservices.gov.ab.ca/ra/ran.cfm) or
         (780) 427-7013 to locate an Alberta Registry Agent to help you understand how your license
         equates to Alberta’s standards.

              An Alberta Registry Agent can also advise you how to transfer and/or upgrade your out-of-province
              license to an Alberta Commercial license allowing you to drive ambulances and fire apparatus.

Q   “At what point in the firefighter hiring process am I required to upgrade/transfer my driver’s license?”

    A    You do not require advanced driver certification to apply for a firefighter position. However, before
         your employment can begin, you will need to be licensed to operate ambulances and fire apparatus.

         When you have successfully advanced through all six steps of the hiring process, you will be asked
         to acquire (at your cost) an Alberta Commercial Operator’s license and an air brake endorsement.

              Note: Your license must be valid and have no more than six-(6) demerit points throughout the hiring
              process. Proof will be required.

Q   “What do you accept as a suitable Alberta Commercial Operator’s license?”

    A    Prior to the commencement of your employment, we will accept any of the following licenses:

              Alberta Class 1, or

              Alberta Class 2 with “Q” air brake endorsement, or

              A combination of an Alberta Class 3 and Class 4 license with “Q” air brake endorsement.

                        Note: If you are from out-of-province, the Province of Alberta will require you to provide proof of
                        your Alberta residence prior to transferring your license. There may also be a medical and/or road
                        test requirement to transfer or upgrade your out-of-province license.

                        You are cautioned to take these factors into consideration and bide your time accordingly when
                        preparing for your employment start-date.


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                                 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING FEES
Administrative processing fees are payable to the Calgary Fire Department during the latter
steps of the firefighter recruit selection process. Fees will be collected at the beginning of each
of the applicable steps.

STEPS WHEN FEES ARE REQUIRED

     STEP 4 – DATA VERIFICATION / POLYGRAPH: $315.00 – {$300.00 + 5% GST}

     STEP 5 – CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST: $210.00 – {$200.00 + 5% GST}*

          *THIS CPAT FEE WILL BE WAIVED IF YOU PROVIDE A COPY OF A CURRENT CPAT CERTIFICATE.

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IMPORTANT ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING FEE NOTES

     All fees are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST – R# 119457869).

     All fees collected in the recruit selection process are non-refundable.

     All processing fees are subject to changes.

     Payment must be received before you can proceed to the next applicable step. You will be advised
     when the payment is due.

     Acceptable methods for paying fees include:

          AMERICAN EXPRESS® , MASTERCARD® or VISA®

          CHEQUE – payable to “The City of Calgary Fire Department”

               Note: Any cheque returned by your bank is subject to a $25.00 fee.

          MONEY ORDER – payable to “The City of Calgary Fire Department”

          INTERAC® – processed only in person at the Recruitment Office

          CASH – accepted only in person at the Recruitment Office.




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                          RULES OF THE FIRE RECRUIT SELECTION PROCESS

    1. You need to be successful at each step in the selection process to be considered for hire.

    2. If you are unsuccessful at any step in the process, you will be informed if you are eligible to
       re-apply and the date when you become eligible to re-apply.

    3. If you are eligible to re-apply, you will need to submit a new, complete application package.
       Once your new application has been accepted, you will be advised which step you will
       proceed with.

    4. If you are re-applying, you will be required to follow all process steps as identified at the
       time you are re-applying; this includes any fee increases or additions.

    5. Re-applying multiple times may be allowed.

    6. If it is determined you are unsuitable for this position, your application file will be
       permanently closed. Permanent file closure can occur at any step in the process.

    7. If your application is permanently closed, no future firefighter applications will be accepted.

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    IMPORTANT NOTE

         If you intentionally misrepresent yourself or your qualifications, knowingly withhold
         information or are deceitful or dishonest at any stage in the process, your application file
         will be permanently closed.

                    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – SELECTION PROCESS

Q   “How long is the selection process?”
    A    Unfortunately, there isn’t a set time frame to follow as the hiring needs of our department fluctuates
         and are dependent on outside factors such as retirements, funding, city growth, legislation, etc. It
         may be necessary for us to “speed up” or “slow down” our process in order to meet operational
         needs. You may be asked to participate in one or more tests in a short period of time or you may
         need to wait a period of time until sufficient resources are available.

Q   “How often should I expect to hear from Recruitment personnel?”
    A    We endeavour to keep you informed and current with information as it is relevant to the status of
         your file. It is your responsibility to keep us informed if you have a change in contact information or
         if you will be unavailable for a period of time (i.e., on vacation, out of the country, etc.).



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          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – SELECTION PROCESS …CONTINUED

Q   “Do you accept out-of-province applicants?”
    A    Yes. However, be aware you will be required to travel to Calgary on many separate occasions to
         participate in the different tests, sometimes with little advance notice.

                   Note: Any costs associated with travel and/or relocation expenses are your own responsibility.

Q   “I am currently a professional firefighter with another city. Do you have an experienced firefighter
    transfer program?”
    A    Not currently. We will continue to seek entry-level firefighters until further notice.

Q   “I have completed professional firefighter certification (i.e., NFPA 1001 Professional Fire Fighter,
    Pre-Service Firefighter Education, etc.). Do I have an advantage?”
    A    Not necessarily. We accept applications from people from all walks of life and assess their files
         based on individual skills, experiences, attributes, values, etc. Applicants are measured on their
         ability to meet/exceed our standards rather than how they compare to other candidates.

Q   “Can you recommend courses to take to better my chances of being selected?”
    A    Due to the competitive nature of the assessment process, we do not counsel or provide
         recommendations to potential applicants on how to increase their competitiveness.

Q   “Why do candidates pay fees to participate in the hiring process?”
    A    As a municipal organization, our department must be fiscally responsible for managing funds we
         receive through taxes. To ensure there are enough resources to provide emergency response
         services, firefighter applicant testing procedures must run on a cost-recovery basis.

         All fees assigned to a specific step in our process are non-refundable and will be required before
         you can participate in that step.

Q   “If I am unsuccessful at any step in the selection process, what feedback can I expect?”
    A    Appropriate feedback will be provided, which will outline your eligibility to re-apply and if applicable,
         the length of time that must transpire before a future application will be accepted.

Q   “Why wouldn’t you accept another application if you’ve closed an applicant’s file permanently?”
    A    Organizational and job fit are vital to success in this profession. When it is determined an applicant
         cannot, did not and is unlikely to meet our standards in the future, the applicant is considered
         unsuitable for this position. Continuing to assess an unsuitable individual is neither cost-effective
         nor respectful to that person.




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STEP 1 – APPLIIICATIIION /// PRE---SCREEN
STEP 1 – APPL CAT ON PRE SCREEN
 TEP     APPL CAT ON PRE SCREEN                                         STEP 5 – CANDIIIDATE PHYSIIICAL ABIIILIIITY TEST
                                                                        STEP 5 – CAND DATE PHYS CAL AB L TY TEST
                                                                         TEP     CAND DATE PHYS CAL AB L TY TEST


             Application documents and Personal                                   FEE=$210.00 If successful, applicant
History Statement are screened. If deemed viable,                        advances to next step. May complete this step
applicant advances to next step.                                         concurrent with STEPS 1/2/3.


IF UNSUCCESSFUL: Applicant advised if eligible to                        IF UNSUCCESSFUL: Applicant advised if eligible to
re-apply. Start again at STEP 1.                                         re-apply in one year. Start again at STEP 1.




STEP 2 – FIIIRE SERVIIICE APTIIITUDE TEST
STEP 2 – F RE SERV CE APT TUDE TEST
 TEP     F RE SERV CE APT TUDE TEST
                                                                        STEP 6 – SELECTIIION COMMIIITTEE
                                                                        STEP 6 – SELECT ON COMM TTEE
                                                                         TEP     SELECT ON COMM TTEE

                                                                                     A panel reviews entire application file
           Applicant writes a multiple choice, Fire                      to determine if applicant is suitable for hire.
Service aptitude test. If a pass score is achieved,
applicant advances to next step.
                                                                         IF UNSUCCESSFUL: Applicant advised if eligible to
                                                                         re-apply. Start again at STEP 1.
IF UNSUCCESSFUL: Applicant advised if eligible to
re-apply in one year. Start again at STEP 1.


                                                                         CONDITIONAL JOB OFFER
                                                                         CONDITIONAL JOB OFFER

STEP 3 – PANEL IINTERVIIIEW
STEP 3 – PANEL INTERV EW
 TEP     PANEL NTERV EW                                                  PROFESSIIONAL DRIIVER’’’S LIICENSE REQUIIRED
                                                                         PROFESSIO NAL DRIVER S LIC ENSE REQUIR ED
                                                                         PROFESS ONAL DR VER S L CENSE REQU RED
                                                                          Applicant must show a valid Alberta Class 3 &
                                                                          Class 4 Operator’s License with air brake
               Applicant attends a Targeted                               endorsement and no more than six-(6) demerits.
Selection panel interview. If successful, applicant
advances to next step.
                                                                         MEDIICAL /// FIITNESS EVALUATIION
                                                                         MEDIC AL FITNESS EVALUATIO N
                                                                         MED CAL F TNESS EVALUAT ON
                                                                               Applicant undergoes a complete medical
IF UNSUCCESSFUL: Applicant advised if eligible to                              assessment and fitness evaluation.
re-apply. Start again at STEP 1; bypasses STEP 2.
                                                                               Applicant must complete a minimum of 12
                                                                               minutes, 30 seconds on a Wellness Fitness
                                                                               Initiative treadmill test.

STEP 4 – DATA VERIIIFIIICATIIION & POLYGRAPH
STEP 4 – DATA VER F CAT ON & POLYGRAPH
 TEP     DATA VER F CAT ON & POLYGRAPH
                                                                          IF UNSUCCESSFUL: Job offer may be deferred or
                                                                          rescinded at the discretion of Calgary Fire
                                                                          Department physician.

            FEE=$315.00 Applicant attends a                              FIIRE RECRUIIT TRAIINIING PREPARATIION
                                                                         FIR E RECRUIT TRAIN IN G PREPARATIO N
                                                                         F RE RECRU T TRA N NG PREPARAT ON
polygraph appointment. References are checked.                                 Applicant receives Calgary firefighter study
If no risks are identified, applicant advances to                              materials. After six weeks of independent
next step.                                                                     study, applicant must pass a written
                                                                               threshold knowledge test.
IF UNSUCCESSFUL: Applicant advised if eligible to                         IF UNSUCCESSFUL: Applicant advised if eligible to
re-apply. Start again at STEP 1; bypasses STEP 2/3.                       re-apply.




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                       STEPS IN THE FIRE RECRUIT SELECTION PROCESS

                  STEP 1 – APPLICATION // PRE--SCREEN
                  STEP 1 – APPLICATION PRE SCREEN

IMPORTANT APPLICATION NOTES

     The Calgary Fire Department does not accept general résumés or faxed or online applications for
     firefighter positions.

     All applicants must follow the application protocols outlined in this manual.

          Current application protocols are also outlined on the Department’s Internet www.calgary.ca/fire

     Only FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION version-dated May 2009 or later and PERSONAL
     HISTORY STATEMENT documents version-dated May 2008 or later are to be used.

          If you use a previous version of either of these forms, you will be asked to fill-out a new, current form.
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To begin this step, you need to obtain and complete two different firefighter application documents to
prepare your application package:

FORM 1 – FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

     The FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION is available for downloading from www.calgary.ca/fire.
     Copies can also be requested by email: fire.recruitment@calgary.ca, by phone (403) 974-4850 or
     picked up from the Fire Department Recruitment Office at 271 Midpark Blvd SE.

          Note: Completing and providing a FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION is mandatory.

FORM 2 – PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT (PHS)
     The PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT is available for downloading from www.calgary.ca/fire. Copies
     can also be requested by email: fire.recruitment@calgary.ca, by phone (403) 974-4850 or picked up
     from the Fire Department Recruitment Office at 271 Midpark Blvd SE.
          Note: Completing and providing a PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT is mandatory.


          IMPORTANT PHS NOTE:
          You must be free from participating in any detected or undetected unlawful behaviour for
          three-(3) years prior to submitting your application (some exceptions apply for minimal,
          experimental soft drug use).




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                 FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
INSTRUCTIONS

     Complete the application document in full and in your own hand writing. Neatness, legibility and
     thoroughness are expected.

     Carefully review each section before you begin filling it in. It is your responsibility to understand
     what is required and to provide all of the information requested.

     Answer all questions entirely and honestly. You are responsible for the accuracy and completeness
     of all statements.

     Provide full details including dates, timelines, etc. where requested. Full disclosure of information is
     expected; no sections are to be left blank.

          Should a particular section not apply to you, write “n/a”.

          If you are not able to ascertain information (i.e., name of supervisor from 10 years ago,
          company is no longer in business, etc.), please state why you cannot provide those details.

     Use the appropriate section to provide details for any gaps in full-time employment or education.

     Outline your entire employment history; this means including details for any short-time jobs,
     temporary/contracted employment you’ve had or jobs you’ve held while you were a youth.

     Where indicated, read, initial, sign and have witnessed the application document. Failure to do so
     is cause for file rejection.

     Only attach items requested on the application form. Please do not include copies of any other
     materials (i.e., certificates, reference letters, etc.).



  OVERVIEW OF THE FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION DOCUMENT

SECTION 1 – MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (PAGES 2 – 3)

This section is to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications on the date you submit your
application. You are to provide legible photocopies for your high school education and immunization
history to confirm that you meet these requirements. Please be prepared to produce the original or
certified copies of these documents for review on request. You will also need to provide an original
driver’s abstract from the province where you currently hold your driver’s license as well as an original
criminal record check from the police agency that has jurisdiction where you reside.

          Note: All items submitted with your application become Fire Department property. Please do not attach
          any items you wish to have returned.



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   OVERVIEW OF THE FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION …CONTINUED
SECTION 2 – EDUCATION (PAGES 4 – 6)

This section details any accreditation you may have attained (i.e., certificates, diplomas, degrees, etc.).
Provide full details as indicated. If additional space is required, please use the reverse-side of the
applicable page. Please write “n/a” if a section does not pertain to you.

          Note: The only certificate copies that will be accepted for this section are NFPA 1001 Professional Fire
          Fighter Levels I & I and NFPA 472 Responder to Dangerous Goods Awareness & Operations. Please do
          not include copies of any other certificates outlined in this section.

SECTION 3 – EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (PAGES 7 – 10)

This section represents your entire history of employment, regardless of relevance to this job. Be sure
to include any short-term jobs, temporary/contracted jobs and jobs you held as a youth. Outline
information to the best of your ability for these types of jobs. If contact information is no longer available
for a past employer, please indicate so. Ensure you explain all gaps in employment and you include
months with your dates (i.e., 2008 02 – 2008 05).

          Note: If additional space is required, please use the reverse-side of the applicable pages.

SECTION 4 – COMMUNITY SERVICE / PERSONAL INTERESTS (PAGE 11)

This section demonstrates your commitment to your community by detailing activities you have carried
out as a volunteer. This area also allows you to showcase your personal achievements or experiences
that you believe are relevant to this position. Please do not include paid positions in this category.

          Note: If additional space is required, please use the reverse-side of the page.

SECTION 5 – PERSONAL SUITABILITY (PAGE 12)

This section is an opportunity for you to sell yourself for this position by describing what attributes you
would personally bring to this job.

          Note: If additional space is required, please use the reverse-side of the page.

SECTION 6 – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (PAGE 13)

Please provide information to the best of your ability for this section. Write “n/a” if a section does not
pertain to you. If contact information is no longer available for a past employer, please indicate so.
AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF INFORMATION (PAGE 14)

Carefully review each section thoroughly. By signing this document, you will waive certain legal rights,
including the right to sue. It is your responsibility to understand and initial each statement as indicated.
You must have your signature witnessed by a person of your choosing.

          Note: Failure to have your signature witnessed on this Authorization is cause for file rejection.



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   OVERVIEW OF THE FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION …CONTINUED

ATTACHMENTS CHECKLIST – FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION (PAGE 15)

Complete this checklist to ensure you have attached supporting documentation for the following items:

     SECTION 1 – SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (MANDATORY)

          Attach legible photocopies of supporting documents for the following:

               HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA / EQUIVALENCY

               IMMUNIZATION HISTORY – Immune to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Diphtheria & Hepatitis-B.

          Attach originals of the following items:

               DRIVER’S ABSTRACT from the province where you currently hold your driver’s license.

                    Can be dated up to three months prior to the date you are submitting your application.

                    This document will verify that you have no more than six-(6) demerit points or out-of-province
                    equivalents.

                    Cannot be a probationary or Graduated Driver’s License.

               CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK(s) from the police agency that has jurisdiction where you reside.

                    This document(s) must include a VULNERABLE SECTORS search (Ontario excluded).

                    Can be dated up to three months prior to the date you are submitting your application.

                    If the police agency will not release or mail the records check directly to you, please ask to have it
                    sent to the Calgary Fire Department Recruitment Office, 271 Midpark Blvd SE, Calgary, AB
                    T2X 1S3. Indicate the date when it is expected that your records check will arrive.

                         Note: In this situation, it is imperative that you attach your police agency receipt to your
                         application to demonstrate that you have requested this document.

                                 If the police agency will mail the records check to your home, please ensure you send it
                                 to Fire Recruitment (271 Midpark Blvd SE, Calgary, AB T2X 1S3).

     SECTION 2 – OTHER REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS (MANDATORY)

          PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT (PHS) – Version dated no earlier than May 2008.
                    More information on the PHS is found later in this Application Manual.

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   OVERVIEW OF THE FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION …CONTINUED

     SECTION 3 – NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (NFPA) CERTIFICATES (IF APPLICABLE)

          Legible photocopies of the following certificates may be attached:

               NFPA 1001 Professional Fire Fighter – Level I

               NFPA 1001 Professional Fire Fighter – Level II

               NFPA 472 Responder to Hazardous Materials – Awareness

               NFPA 472 Responder to Hazardous Materials – Operations

                    Please do not include photocopies of any other NFPA or fire training certificates.

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QUALIFICATIONS DECLARATION – FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION (PAGE 16)

This page is to confirm that you understand all of the requirements for meeting the position’s
qualifications. Carefully review all statements on this page and sign/date where indicated.


                        PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

INSTRUCTIONS

     Complete the PHS in your own hand writing (no typed submissions). Neatness and legibility are
     expected. If you require additional space, use the reverse-side of the applicable pages.
     Answer all questions completely including details for as far back as you can remember. An
     unanswered question is cause for file rejection.
     You are responsible for the accuracy of all statements. Honesty and candour are expected.
     Full disclosure of information is expected. Be specific. Provide complete details including dates,
     time frames, etc. Clarity is essential.
     Failure to provide sufficient detail will directly impact the rate at which your file will be processed.
     Any involvement in unlawful activity beyond the three years prior to applying will be assessed on an
     individual basis.
     Avoid using recognizable labels (e.g., names) for other persons included in your responses.

     Additional Notes:

          All PHS responses will be verified by means of a pre-employment polygraph during Step 4 of the
          selection process. A non-refundable administrative fee will be collected before you attend your test.



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PHS INSTRUCTIONS … CONTINUED
          If you recall additional details or incidents relevant to your personal history after you have submitted your
          application, it is your responsibility to submit a written update to the Recruitment Office without delay.

          You are expected to remain clear of unlawful activity once your application is received.

          There is zero tolerance for deception or dishonesty.


                             SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE
1) ASSEMBLE ALL PIECES OF YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE INCLUDING:

     a) FIREFIGHTER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION (version dated May 2009 or later)

          i)   ENSURE you have completed all sections in full.

          ii) ATTACH your supporting documentation.

               (1) Use the ATTACHMENTS CHECKLIST to ensure you have included all the required items.

                    (a) Ensure you have enclosed the ORIGINALS of your driver’s abstract and criminal records check.

     b) PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT (version dated May 2008 or later)

          i)   ENSURE you have completed all sections thoroughly including dates.

2) SECURE YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE IN A SEALED ENVELOPE.

     a) Please do not bind or enclose your documents in a folder, binder, duo-tang, etc.

     b) You may wish to make a photocopy of your documents to keep as once they are received by
        our office, they cannot be returned.

     c) For your protection, please label your envelope as “PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL”

3) SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE BY MAIL, COURIER OR IN PERSON TO:

                                         THE CITY OF CALGARY FIRE DEPARTMENT
                                          ATTENTION: RECRUITMENT OFFICE
                                        BACK DOOR – CFD WELLNESS CENTRE
                                                   271 MIDPARK BLVD SE
                                               CALGARY, AB CANADA T2X 1S3
                                                      (403) 974-4850
                                    There is a secured mail slot at the front of this facility
                                      where applications may be deposited after hours

                                 Firefighter applications are not accepted at any other locations


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                            FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – APPLICATION

Q   “If I had applied to the Calgary Fire Department previously and was unsuccessful, how do I re-apply?”
    A    You can re-apply by following the current application protocols outlined in this manual and on the
         Fire Department’s web site www.calgary.ca/fire.

         Important Re-Application Notes:

              You must meet the minimum qualifications at the time of your re-application.

              You will be required to follow the hiring process protocols (including fees) that are in place at the time of
              your re-application.

              You will be required to complete and submit a new application package using current document versions
              that are posted on the Fire Department’s web site at the time of your re-application.

              If you had been assigned a deferral period for a previous application, you must wait until that time has
              transpired before you can re-apply.

              If you cannot recall your specific deferral date, contact the Fire Recruitment Office by email:
              fire.recruitment@calgary.ca or by phone: (403) 974-4850 for assistance.

Q   “What happens after you’ve received my application?”
    A    Your application package will be assessed for compliance and completeness. A review of your file
         will be conducted to determine its viability. You will be advised if you are advancing to the next
         stage or if not, of your eligibility to re-apply.

Q   “It has been some time since I submitted my application. If I haven’t heard anything does this mean I
    am not being considered?”
    A    You will be notified as to our decision regarding your application. Our typical method of notification
         is by email.

                        There are many steps involved in our pre-screening process. This course of action can
                        take some time to complete and your patience is appreciated.

                        If you haven’t heard anything for a while, it may be that your package was incomplete or
                        there is important information missing or requiring clarification. If this is the case, it will
                        result in a delay in the processing of your application and our response back to you.

                        You may wish to pro-actively think back to the information and documents that you
                        submitted to try and identify what is missing and if possible, produce new items to rectify
                        any deficiencies.

                        In compliance with provincial and municipal legislation, we will only provide a status
                        update to the applicant. In the interest of protecting the privacy of the individual, we
                        cannot release this information to family, friends or associations to the candidate.


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                 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – APPLICATION …CONTINUED

Q   “Can I include copies of other certificates or awards I have attained with my application?”
    A    We recognize your desire to bring this information to our attention. However, we ask you to refrain
         from including excess documentation with your application. There are sections in the Firefighter
         Application Document for you to showcase your achievements and certifications.

Q   “Why is it necessary to disclose personal, private information for events that happened long ago?”
    A    We are responsible for hiring individuals who demonstrate respectful, ethical behaviour, who are
         accountable for their actions and who pose minimal risk to the organization. When we assess
         applicants for job fit, we need to identify potential risks and to establish the likelihood of success
         and longevity in this position.

         In order to assess your suitability, we require your complete personal history to form an accurate
         representation of your experiences and abilities. Past performance is a strong indicator of future
         performance.

Q   “While filling out my PHS, I found I have answered “Yes” to some of the questions. Will this negatively
    impact or automatically exclude my application?”
    A    Not necessarily. Many people have made poor decisions in the past. A person who has chosen to
         distance him/herself from negative, unsuitable or unlawful behaviours demonstrates his/her ability
         to learn from and overcome obstacles and to make better decisions. Restitution, making amends
         and taking ownership for these past behaviours demonstrates positive traits reflective of the
         firefighting profession.

                   Note: Any involvement in unlawful behaviour within three years prior to the date of your application
                   will automatically result in file rejection. Some exceptions may apply for minimal soft drug usage.

Q   “What if I honestly forget to disclose something or recall an incident after I have submitted my
    application?”
    A    It is possible to recall an incident you’ve genuinely forgotten about. It is your responsibility to ensure
         your file is complete at every stage in the process.

                   Should you need to provide us with additional details for your Personal History Statement, please
                   submit your update to the Recruitment Office in writing.

                             If the event is not considered serious and would not have disqualified you during your initial
                             application review, it is unlikely you will be eliminated based on this new information.

                             If verifying questions determine that you’ve intentionally chosen to withhold this information,
                             your file may be deferred or closed.

                                     Remember: All information is subject to verification by a pre-employment polygraph test.




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    STEPS IN THE FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT SELECTION PROCESS …CONTINUED

          STEP 2 – FIIRE SERVIICE APTIITUDE TEST
          STEP 2 – F RE SERV CE APT TUDE TEST
The second step in the firefighter hiring process is a written, multiple-choice Fire Service aptitude test.

The aptitude test used by the Calgary Fire Department covers a broad range of skills and abilities that
are important to the firefighting profession. You do not require prior firefighter knowledge or experience
to pass this test.

IMPORTANT APTITUDE TEST NOTES

    The aptitude test has a passing score that is pre-determined and not based on the number of
    candidates writing the test. Your test score is not used to determine a ranking order.

    This step is measured as pass/fail; you will not be told what your test score is; you will be informed
    whether or not you have achieved a passing score.

    You must achieve a passing score to be eligible to proceed to Step 3, the Panel Interview.

    If you fail to achieve a passing score, you will be advised of your eligibility to re-apply.

         If eligible, you will be advised of the date when you may re-apply. You will be required to begin the hiring
         process again at Step 1, the Application / Pre-Screen.

    If you are unsuccessful at other process steps and choose to re-apply, you do not need to rewrite
    the aptitude test.

         Exception: Excludes all persons who have written a Calgary Fire Department aptitude test prior to
         December 2004.


                                         APTITUDE TEST OVERVIEW
The following four categories have been provided to help you identify the types of questions that are
asked on the aptitude test. In addition to the categories noted below, your test may also contain
questions relating to reading maps, looking at pictures or photos and/or using a calendar. The
questions may not be listed in the order in which they appear on these pages. It will likely be difficult to
identify what skills and/or abilities are being measured by a particular question.

CATEGORY #1 – Reading, Writing and Mathematics
The questions in this category will be multiple-choice with one right answer and will cover basic skills in
the areas of:


           Reading Comprehension                                Writing Skills                      Mathematical Skills



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CATEGORY #1 – Reading, Writing and Mathematics …CONTINUED
To prepare to answer these types of questions, you can use standard study / reference materials found
in your local library or bookstore. If you believe that your skill level is lacking in these areas, remedial
classes may be available at a local community college.

CATEGORY #2 – Judgment, Reasoning, Communication and Motivation

Multiple-choice questions will be asked to measure your abilities under the following areas:

    Exercising good judgment and problem-solving;

    Motivation, interests and preparation for a firefighting career;

    Communication skills;

    Ability to work with a variety of people;

    Other related-skills and aptitudes.

CATEGORY #3 – Situational Questions

The aptitude test will also include questions that describe situations related to an event or subject. The
questions will ask you how you or the person in the scenario should respond or what you think about
the situation. There may be many correct answers and/or perspectives to these questions.

As an individual, you have unique abilities to solve problems and to deal with situations. To answer
these types of questions, it is important for you to choose the response that comes closest to how you
would actually respond, not what you think you would do.

The situations contained in the questions are based on ordinary, every day experiences that are typical
across regional, age, gender, ethnic, religious or other backgrounds. Not all experiences will be
common to all test takers. If you are unfamiliar with a situation, try to place yourself in the situation as
much as possible by thinking of related scenarios that you have experienced.

The goal of situational questions is to represent a selection of actual life scenarios. Although you may
believe the questions have emotional content or trigger an emotional reaction, the questions are not
intended to make you feel uncomfortable or to offend you.

A firefighter must deal with many different issues and types of people, often under difficult
circumstances. The situational test questions will represent a complex world with many difficult issues
to reflect the type of job for which you are applying. While you may not totally agree with the provided
answer choices, you are to select the answer that is the closest to how you would want to respond.




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                                APTITUDE TEST OVERVIEW …CONTINUED
CATEGORY #4 – Questions about Yourself

This series of questions will ask how you feel or what you think about a specific topic or will ask you to
describe yourself in various ways. Not all situations will be the same; some may even seem a little
vague. Depending on the circumstances, you may act or respond differently to each scenario.

You will need to select the response that is the closest to representing you the majority of the time. If
you have not experienced the situation, it is helpful to imagine yourself in similar situations to choose
what your more likely response would be. Answer the questions honestly and thoughtfully.


                                           APTITUDE TEST FORMAT
The entire aptitude test contains multiple choice questions that are numbered sequentially. You will be
provided with a numbered test booklet and an answer sheet that is in a machine readable format with
numbered bubbles. You are to completely darken the numbered bubbles on the answer sheet that
indicates your answer choices. If you wish to change your answer, you must thoroughly erase changes
or stray marks. You will be responsible for a replacement cost if you mark/damage the test booklet.

There may be as few as two or up to ten answer choices for a particular question. You are to provide
the correct number of answer choices for each question. You may be asked to choose two or three
answers to a particular question. If a specific question does not tell you how many answers to choose,
you are to choose one answer. If you do not choose the appropriate number of answers for a question,
you will lose points from your total test score.

FOR EXAMPLE

         Most questions will require you to choose one answer. If a question does not
         specifically tell you how many answers to choose, select only one.
         Choose one answer.




FOR EXAMPLE

         Some questions will require you to choose two answers. In this case, you are to darken
         two bubbles on the same line.
         Choose two answers.




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                                       APTITUDE TEST FORMAT …CONTINUED
    FOR EXAMPLE

             Some questions will require you to choose three answers. In this case, you are to
             darken three bubbles on the same line.
             Choose three answers.




                                               APTITUDE TEST LANGUAGE
    The aptitude test uses standard, conversational English which doesn't contain slang or unfamiliar
    words. Traditional grammar usage has dictated the use of masculine pronouns for the third-person form
    such as ‘he’, ‘his’ and ‘him’. In the interest of avoiding the use of awkward alternatives such as ‘he/she’
    and ‘he or she’, the questions will alternate referring to ‘he’ or ‘she’. For example, a question may refer
    to "your boss...he said" whereas another question may refer to "your boss...she said".

    To create a more accurate context or realistic situation, a question may refer to racial or ethnic groups;
    the terms used on this test are Asian, Black, White, Hispanic and Native American. The test language
    and these terms were developed in consultation with people from many different groups, including
    current fire service experts.
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                         FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – APTITUDE TEST

Q   “How often do you hold aptitude test sessions?”
    A   The frequency of aptitude test sessions depends on our immediate hiring needs. When we acquire
        a sufficient number of viable applicants, we will schedule an aptitude test.

                  It is your responsibility to keep the Recruitment Office apprised of your personal contact information
                  to avoid missing an opportunity to write a test.

Q   “How long should I expect to be at the test-site?”
    A   It will take between three and four hours to complete the test session. You are expected to be on-
        site and prepared to write at the appointed time.

                  Once the test session begins, no late arrivals will be permitted.




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               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – APTITUDE TEST …CONTINUED

Q   “What should I bring with me to the aptitude test?”
    A   All the materials you require for the aptitude test will be provided. The only item you need to bring is
        photo identification, preferably your driver's license.

                  There will be a ten minute rest period during the test; you may wish to bring a snack, beverage, etc.
                  for this break period

Q   “Will I be advised what test score I have achieved?”
    A   No. This test measures your level of reasoning skills in specific areas to predict your suitability for
        firefighter job tasks. A cut-off score is set to assess organizational fit and identify individuals who
        have a level of skills consistent with those required to reason and to learn with ease.

                  As this step is measured as pass/fail, your actual test score bears no weight in the assessment
                  process as you have met the required standard.

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           FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – APTITUDE TEST PREPARATION

Q   “How can I prepare to write my aptitude test?”
    A   You can visit your local community college or library for resources on developing test-taking
        strategies and for building your reading comprehension. As in firefighting, the more prepared you
        are, the better prepared you are to face the challenge before you.

                                                A p t it u de Te s t Pr e pa ra t i on T ip s

    TIP #1 – Conduct a self assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
    Determine the skills and abilities that are required of a professional firefighter. Make a list identifying
    your strongest and weakest areas. Compare your two lists to determine how you well you match the
    position's requirements.
    TIP #2 – Determine your goals and objectives
    The key to success in improving areas of weakness is commitment to personal goals. Identifying goals
    will help you understand why you are studying and what you hope to achieve.
    TIP #3 – Plan and Prioritize
    Plan what it is that you want to study and determine how long you will spend on each area. Develop a
    schedule to help ensure you cover off all material. Prioritize areas to study based on the assessment of
    your weakest abilities.




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                                 A p t it u de T e s t Pr e p a ra t i o n T ip s … C O N T I N U E D

TIP #4 – Develop your reading skills

Assessing and improving your reading skill level will prove highly beneficial. The aptitude test takes
typically two – three hours to complete. If you are not accustomed to reading for long periods of time,
you will be at a disadvantage.

A recommended amount of reading is a minimum of 30 minutes every day. You can read newspapers,
magazines, books or other materials that are of interest to you. Practice active reading. Ask yourself
questions as you read such as "What do I think about this?", "What is the point of this article/story?”.
Try to relate what you are reading to your own personal experiences by thinking of a similar situation
that has happened to you or someone you know. It may help to visualize the event or story as you read
to try to place yourself in the situation.

When reading the material in an aptitude test, it is very important that you read each question
thoroughly to understand it before you begin to answer it.

The Fire Service uses written tests to predict a candidate's likelihood of success during recruit training.
A strong reading ability is beneficial when training for the position, as you will be able to comprehend
and retain large amounts of theoretical and practical information.

Additional resources to developing reading skills are to seek help from special reading programs, adult
education courses or your local college and/or library programs.

TIP #5 – Brush up on basic writing and mathematical skills
The aptitude test will measure your basic competence in these areas. Remedial or adult education
classes may help you build or refresh your abilities. Community colleges may have tests to assess your
level of these skills and/or may be able to design a class specifically to address your needs.
TIP #6 – Determine your best study methods

Developing a regular study routine now will help you create effective study habits for future learning
opportunities (i.e., recruit training). Set aside a specific time and length of time every day, away from
distractions for studying.

Identify your learning ability to utilize your strengths and make the best use of your time. You might
consider forming a study group or asking a friend or loved one to help you study. If you are a visual
learner, write out exercises on paper or flash cards. If you are an auditory learner, read out loud as you
go through the exercises or use a tape recorder. Determine what methods work best for you and
practice them regularly.

TIP #7 – Practice taking tests

Some people do not perform well on written tests, as the procedure can be unnatural, unfamiliar or
intimidating. You may have negative expectations or poor past experiences that prevent you from
doing well now. Other people find it difficult to pace themselves during the test-taking process and
don't make the best use of the time available.


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TIP #7 – Practice taking tests …CONTINUED

Local college learning centres or advisors often offer different types of sample tests. Libraries and
bookstores offer books which contain sample reading, writing and math drills/tests.

Replicate a "test-like" environment by reading and studying in a library or other such quiet institution to
prepare for writing the test. Limit distractions and exterior noises. Use an extended, uninterrupted
period of time to practice your test drills and establish a comfortable pace.

TIP #8 – Maintain your motivation
Determine why you are applying for the job and if this is a good career choice for you. What is it about
this profession that most appeals to you? Keep focused on and actively pursue your goal by mentally
preparing to challenge the aptitude test.
TIP #9 – Develop and maintain a positive attitude
You can be successful by believing in yourself, having confidence, setting realistic goals and doing the
necessary leg-work to achieve your objectives. Maintaining a positive attitude will serve you well if you
are successful in gaining your chosen career.

                              Su gg est ion s fo r t he Da y of Your Apt itude Te st

TIP #1 – Be prepared, rested and calm.

Make sure you have had plenty of rest, are well-nourished and well-hydrated on the day of your test. An
early morning work-out or a quick walk before arriving at the test site may help burn off excess energy
and allow better focus. To avoid needlessly increasing your anxiety, arrive 15 minutes early.

While waiting to write the test, some people find breathing or relaxation exercises helpful. Others find
meeting and chatting with other applicants helps them relax.

TIP #2 – Listen, read and follow all instructions.

Listening to and following instructions is a vital component of the firefighter profession. These skills are
also vital to success on the aptitude test. Failing to follow directions is often the main cause for lower
scores and/or test failure.

When you are to write your aptitude test, there will be verbal information and instructions provided to
you by test administrators as well as written instructions in your test booklet. Active listening and strong
reading comprehension are key to success.

Read through the written instructions thoroughly to ensure you understand what is being asked. You
may be asked to choose more than one answer for a particular section.




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TIP #3 – Read each question thoroughly.

Often, we scan a question quickly and think we know the answer. To be successful on this test, read
every question fully before formulating your answer.

Many of the test questions will describe situations or scenarios. Visualize the situation and try to place
yourself in the scenario. Think about a similar situation you have had and remember how you
responded. Next, read all of the possible answer choices. If you find an answer you think is correct,
mark it with your finger, however continue to read all of the choices before making your final decision.

TIP #4 – Match the question number on the test with the answer sheet.

You will be provided with a multiple-choice Test Answer Sheet where you are to record your chosen
answers. In order to receive credit for the test question, you must find and record your answer(s) on
the correct line (i.e., question #1, answer line #1).

Check frequently as you are writing your test to ensure that you have not skipped a line or placed your
answer in the wrong spot.

TIP #5 – Choose the correct number of responses.

Each question may have varying number of answer choices; there may be as few as two or up to ten
answers to choose from. Although most of the questions will ask you to choose one answer, there may
be questions that ask for two or three answer choices. If you provide fewer answers than the question
asks for, you will lose points.

Ensure you record all answers on the appropriate line on the Answer Sheet.

TIP #6 – Keep an even pace.

The test administrator will announce the time at regular intervals throughout the test. Providing you do
not become stuck on any one question or section of the test, you should have plenty of time to answer
all of the questions. If you find yourself reading the same question over and over, unable to understand
it or to find an appropriate answer, skip it and return to it later. Remember to bypass that line on the
Answer Sheet as well!

If you find that others are finishing the test more quickly than you, avoid feeling pressured to finish
faster. You will cause undue anxiety to yourself which can have an affect on how you choose your
answers. Although this is a timed event, there are not any additional points given for finishing the test
more quickly than others.




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TIP #7 – Stay calm and don't give up.

Some questions will be more difficult than others, as we all have individual strengths and weaknesses.
It's important to keep going even if you believe that you are not answering the questions correctly nor
are not sure how to answer certain ones.

Remember to keep calm and to refocus if you find yourself becoming anxious about a question or a
series of questions. If you find yourself struggling to complete the question(s), skip them for the time
being and return to them after completing the rest of the test. Ensure that you bypass those lines on
the Answer Sheet as well.

TIP #8 – If none of the answers seem ‘right’, pick the one that is ‘more right than the others’.

Some of the questions will ask "What would you do?" or "What do you think?". In these scenarios,
there are many acceptable ways to think and to respond. If you try to guess what the question is
measuring, you will likely be wrong.

You will need to choose the answer that seems the best even if you do not agree with any of the
options or think you would not perform those actions. Choose the answer that seems the best of the
alternatives, even if it isn't exactly how you think you would react. It simply isn't feasible to list every
possible action.

TIP #9 – If you are unsure of an answer, guess according to your first impulse.

In order to gain a correct score, you must answer the question. If you cannot determine the correct
answer for the Reading, Writing or Mathematical questions, select the answer that is your first impulse.
You will likely be able to eliminate one or more choices that you know are definitely wrong. This will
give you fewer responses to guess between.

If you are not sure how you would respond in a situational or self description question, determine what
you would likely do and select your first impulse.

TIP #10 – Be yourself and be honest.

We are utilizing this test as a tool to get to know you as an individual. The test is designed to measure
many different skills and abilities that have been identified as important for a firefighting career. It's
important for you to present an accurate representation of yourself in response to this test.

Choose your answers based on what you would do, not what you think or believe is expected of you.
Misleading or misrepresented answers will have a negative effect on your test score.




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                 STEP 3 – PANEL INTERVIIEW
                 STEP 3 – PANEL INTERV EW
The third step in the selection process is a formal interview with a panel of senior fire service personnel.

         Note: You are responsible for travel costs to attend an interview. Be advised you may be asked to attend
         an interview with little advance notice or to wait until the next available round of interviews is scheduled.

IMPORTANT INTERVIEW NOTES

    The interviewers will be rating you based on the responses you provide; they have been trained to
    objectively capture data for this purpose. It is your responsibility to provide the information in a clear
    and concise manner.

    The interview is approximately 45 minutes to one hour in length.

    You will not be advised at the conclusion of your interview of your results. Formal notification will
    be sent to you from the Recruitment Office either by email.

    Behavioural questions will be measured to determine if you meet the criteria for successful job
    performance. Your scores will not be used to determine a ranking order.

    You must meet the minimum criteria for each dimension to be eligible to proceed to Step 4, Data
    Verification / Polygraph.

         If you fail to demonstrate suitability in the required competencies, you will be advised of your
         eligibility to re-apply.

              If eligible to re-apply, you will be required to wait until your deferral period expires and then begin the
              process again at Step 1, Application / Pre-Screen. Once your application has been deemed viable,
              you will bypass Step 2, Fire Service Aptitude Test, and proceed to Step 3, Panel Interview.

                   Note: If your responses are significantly below the minimum criteria required for job success, you
                   may be considered unsuitable for this position. Your firefighter application file may be closed
                   permanently with no future opportunity to re-apply.

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Historically, the interview is the step in our firefighter hiring process where we lose the most candidates.
Often, the main reasons for an unsuccessful interview are due to a lack of interview preparation by the
candidate or he/she is unfamiliar with our interview process.

The interview is the first opportunity for you to meet with us face-to-face to sell yourself for the position.
It is not enough that you want the job; you must demonstrate through awareness and past behaviours
that you are suitable for this type of career. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare. Practice and
preparation ahead of time are essential to your success.

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                                         INTERVIEW COMPETENCIES
The interview panel is typically comprised of three senior firefighting personnel. Their job is to ask you
a planned set of behaviour-based questions (called Targeted Selection) relating to the following
competencies (or behaviours) expected from a firefighter.
    1. Adaptability - Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the
       work environment. Adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes,
       requirements or cultures.
    2. Applied Learning - Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner.
    3. Building Strategic Working Relationships - Developing and using collaborative relationships
       to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
    4. Customer Focus - Making customers and their needs a primary focus of one's actions.
       Developing and sustaining productive internal and external customer relationships.
    5. Initiating Action - Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives. Taking action to achieve
       goals beyond what is required. Being proactive.
    6. Stress Tolerance - Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time
       pressure or job ambiguity). Handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the
       organization.
As part of your preparation for the interview, consider times when you have demonstrated these
competencies (or behaviours) in the past. Since you do not know what question you will be asked, it
will help to have more than one example for each competency so you are prepared for any question.

You do not require prior firefighter experience to successfully meet the position’s competencies.
Consider all your experiences including those gained through work, school, team or sports activities,
volunteer or personal experiences. Be prepared to speak about them with a specific example and to
phrase your responses in the STAR format (refer to next page for more details).


                                             TARGETED SELECTION
Targeted Selection uses a technique that requires interviewers to pose specifically phrased, ‘targeted’
questions to you in order to collect behavioural examples. The major principle of Targeted Selection is
that past behaviour is a good predictor of future behaviour. Specific questions about situations that you
have experienced helps to more accurately predict how you will behave in similar situations in the
future.
SAMPLE TARGETED SELECTION QUESTIONS

    "Describe a time when you had to work at a fast pace for a long period of time."
    "Tell us about a time when you inspired someone to work hard to do a good job."
    "Provide an example of a time when you took steps to improve your performance."
    "Describe a situation when you developed new, creative ideas to solve problems."


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                                                T H E E L E M E N T S O F STAR

When the interviewers ask you Targeted Selection questions, they have been trained to collect the data
in the STAR format. You are expected to follow this format when responding to the question:

    (S) ituation / (T) ask - What was the CIRCUMSTANCE or What NEEDED TO BE DONE?

    (A) ction - What DID YOU DO?

    (R) esult - What HAPPENED or What FEEDBACK did you receive?

Past successful applicants have typically set up their responses in the following manner:

    "The situation was ..." or "The task required was ..."

    "My actions were ..."

    "The result was ..."

Another easy way to compose your answer is to tell it like you are relating a story to a friend. Tell the
interviewers what caused you to act (situation/task), what you did about it (action) and how it
turned out (result).

The interviewers are mainly interested in what your actions were in the particular situation. As a result,
your example should be roughly:

                       20% - (S)ituation / (T)ask            70% - (A)ctions            10% - (R)esult.

It is also important that you share what you specifically did. While we recognize that people work in
teams or may be modest about their actions, this is your time to share what your contribution was; use
the word “I”, not “we”.


                                          Example Using S.T.A.R. Format

“Tell us about a time when you had to work in very unpleasant work conditions such as heat, dust,
noise, etc.”
SITUATION / TASK

“Last summer, I took a job in a bindery warehouse where I had to work 12-hour shifts standing on a
cement floor and operating loud equipment in the extreme summer heat. My job was to take a stack of
flyers and load them into a stacker, which then moved on to another worker to bundle and wrap them.
This worker had been with the company for a long time and was used to a much faster person stacking
and sending him the flyers. Pretty soon he began yelling at me to go faster, insult me and goad me to
speed up.”


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                       PANEL INTERVIEW – STAR EXAMPLE …CONTINUED
ACTION
“At first, I was embarrassed and wanted to yell back at him telling him I was doing the best I could. But I
realized that that wasn’t the best approach and that I needed to change the situation. So instead, I
decided to wait until break time where I asked him if we could talk about the situation. I told him I was
trying my hardest to keep up but that I was having a problem loading all of the flyers in at one time. He
said that that was a common problem because they can catch on an edge and twist easily. I then asked
him what he thought I could do to fix that and he offered to show me a trick when we got back from our
break.”
RESULT
“When our break was over, he showed me a way to turn the stack of flyers as they were falling into the
loader so they would stack easily. I began trying his way and found that he was right. I then made it a
personal goal to see how much quicker I could fill the stacker using this new method. Pretty soon, I was
sending him stacks faster than he could wrap them! At the end of our shift, he came over to me and told
me he was impressed that I had caught on so quickly and that now I was making his life a lot easier. I
realized that my actions had reflected on him being able to do his job and that he had a lot to offer me
in his experience.”
                                            Incomplete or Pa rtial STARs

It is important that you provide your answers to capture each of the STAR elements, otherwise it is
considered incomplete or partial. If you are unable to provide the whole story, the interviewers cannot
assign a full score.
    "I always find out what the customer wants..." (no Situation / Task)
    "... we all pitched in and got the job done." (no Action)
    "Our software package was going to be obsolete so I read up on all of the available programs and
    tested some of them." (no Result)
Our interviewers have been trained to recognize incomplete STARs and to ask you further questions
when they do not have sufficient data. However, if you consistently provide incomplete STARs, this
demonstrates you are lacking the required knowledge, motivation and behaviours for the job.


                                                        False STARs

False STARs are responses that are vague, state an opinion, are theoretical or future oriented.
Although you may believe these types of responses are more impressive, interviewers can only assign
scores to situations where you have demonstrated past behaviour.
    "I usually ..." or "I tend to ..." (vague)
    "There weren't many times I wasn't able to figure out ..." (opinion)
    "I would ..." (theoretical / future oriented)


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                              FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – INTERVIEW

Q   “What do I need to bring with me to my interview?"
    A   When your interview has been booked, we will send you an email outlining the items you are
        expected to bring to your appointment.

             Items required for your interview:

             1. Your driver’s license for identification purposes.

             2. If you wish, a current copy of your résumé (optional).

             3. A reference list containing the names and current contact information for a minimum of three
                employment references; these people need to be able to offer a professional perspective of you and
                your work ethic.

Q   “What if I cannot come up with an answer to an interview question?"
    A   You can ask to gather your thoughts or to bypass the question and return to it later. If you cannot
        recall a specific experience to share, try to reflect back on any volunteer experiences or situations
        that you have dealt with involving your family or friends.

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                FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – INTERVIEW PREPARATION

Q   “How can I prepare for my interview?”
    A   Don't wait until the last minute to prepare! Practice and preparation ahead of time are essential to
        your success.

        Our hiring needs may dictate a rapid turnaround between your aptitude test session and your
        interview. If you are from out-of-town/province, be prepared to travel to and/or stay in Calgary on
        short notice or to stay over several nights or throughout the weekend.

                  As a courtesy, we post a list on our Internet www.calgary.ca/fire of hotels and services that are
                  located in close proximity to our interview site.

                                                Tips f or a Succe ssf ul Interv iew

    Tip #1 – Research Behavioural Descriptive or Targeted Selection interviews

    Internet search engines can help you find more information on this type of interviewing. Alternately,
    visit your local library or bookstore to locate additional resources. Talking to people who know or are
    familiar with this interview method may also prove helpful.




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                                Tips f or a Succe ssf ul Interv iew …C ont inue d

Tip #2 – Commit to adequate preparation before your interview

Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare! Practice and preparation ahead of time are essential to your
success. Our hiring needs may dictate a rapid turnaround between your aptitude test session and your
interview. It’s better to start preparing early so you are not caught off guard later.

Tip #3 – Know the position, department and city for which you are applying

Your objective should be to develop an understanding of the Calgary Fire Department, of the firefighter
position and of the city of Calgary as a whole.

Tip #4 – Presentation is important on the day of your interview

This is your opportunity to form a positive impression with your interviewers. A professional and
confident demeanour will go a long way. Your dress, grooming and deportment will be considered. Err
on the side of conservative and present a professional image.

Be well versed with the department’s hair and jewellery standards and recognize that the fire
department is a paramilitary organization which incorporates a rank and structure model. A respectful
approach is warranted.

Recognize any distracting nervous habits you may have and develop strategies to curtail or lessen their
impact on your behaviour. Practice maintaining good posture and direct eye contact.

Plan your arrival for no more than 10 – 15 minutes before your appointed time to avoid confusion for
the interviewers. Arriving late always creates a bad first impression. If circumstances beyond your
control prevent you from arriving on time, ensure you contact the Recruitment Office at (403) 974-4850
to discuss your options.

Tip #5 – Use your interview time wisely

A job interview is a communication process. Hone your verbal communication skills to ensure you:
    Listen carefully. (Ask for clarification if needed)
    Remain professional and positive.
    Speak clearly and audibly.
    Answer the questions with specific examples.
    Moderate your volume and animation.

Although it is wise to avoid excessively lengthy responses, ensure that you provide the relevant details.
You don’t want to leave your interview thinking…”Oh! I forgot to tell them about…”.

When given the opportunity, ask well-thought out questions which demonstrate your interest in the
position. Let your interviewers know why you want the job and what you can offer.


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    STEPS IN THE FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT SELECTION PROCESS …CONTINUED


            STEP 4 – DATA VERIIFIICATIION // PRE--EMPLOYMENT POLYGRAPH
            STEP 4 – DATA VER F CAT ON PRE EMPLOYMENT POLYGRAPH
The fourth step in the selection process is the verification of all data collected to date on your file.

IMPORTANT DATA VERIFICATION NOTES

    A non-refundable administrative fee of $315.00 ($300.00 + 5% GST) will be required to begin this
    step. This fee will be collected from you when your polygraph appointment has been booked.

         Note: This fee is subject to change; updates will be posted at www.calgary.ca/fire.

    Full participation in this step is required. Honesty and truthfulness are fundamental to your success.

    You have the responsibility to disclose all information to Recruitment personnel before reaching this
    point in the process to ensure optimum success.

         Note: If you recall an event or need to change details previously included in your application, it is
         important that you provide this information in written format to the Recruitment Office without delay. The
         latest date that information can be received is two business days before your polygraph appointment.

    There is zero-tolerance for persons who are deceitful, untruthful or who intentionally choose to
    withhold information from Recruitment personnel. In this instance, no future firefighter applications
    will be considered.

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We use a number of tools throughout our assessment processes to validate your information and to
capture a clear representation of your history. At this stage of the process, we substantiate this
information through the following:

REFERENCE CHECKS
As part of our information gathering process, you will be provided with documents to distribute to your
work experience references. It will be your responsibility to contact these references, solicit their
involvement in completing the document, and ensuring that it is returned to the Recruitment Office in a
timely manner.

Our reference documents will ask your references to rate you based on their experiences with you as
an employee/co-worker. Your references will also be asked to provide their assessments of you in your
present/past employment as well as their beliefs on your suitability for a Calgary firefighter position. As
standard protocol, Recruitment personnel will follow-up with your references to validate and clarify any
comments made.

         Note: You may be asked to seek out additional references if the data received is insufficient.


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                                            DATA VERIFICATION …CONTINUED
    PRE-EMPLOYMENT POLYGRAPH
    You will be asked to participate in a pre-employment polygraph to assess the truthfulness of all the
    information you have provided. The purpose of this process is to verify the information gathered about
    and provided by you during the previous assessment steps.

    Prior to your appointment, you will be contacted by a Recruitment File Manager for a complete review
    of your application file. During this review, the contents of your Personal History Statement will be
    discussed. This interview will be your opportunity to clarify details, ask questions and to confirm the
    contents of your file. It is also the last opportunity for you to disclose any additional information in
    relation to the questions asked in your application and Personal History Statement.

    On successful completion of your phone review, your polygraph appointment will be booked.
    Unfortunately, there may be short notice and/or limited flexibility in the assignment of your appointment,
    however your File Manager will endeavour to work with you to find a mutually agreeable time. You will
    also be asked to remit the $315.00 polygraph fee, which can be accepted by American Express ,
    MasterCard or VISA over the phone (be sure to have your credit card handy), by cheque or money
    order through the mail, or by Interac or cash in person at the Recruitment Office.

    On the date of your appointment, you will meet with a Polygraph Examiner in Calgary for a pre-test
    interview, followed by a physical test using a polygraph instrument. On average, you can expect to be
    on-site for 2.5 to three hours and should plan your time accordingly. Be sure to arrive 10 – 15 minutes
    early for your appointment and to dress for comfort (business casual).
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                            FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – POLYGRAPH

Q   “Why do you require firefighter applicants to take a pre-employment polygraph?"
    A   A polygraph test is a tool to verify you are who you claim to be and to confirm your truthfulness on
        your application for employment, PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT and any other information
        provided by you throughout the selection process. It also assists us in identifying applicants who
        display honesty, accountability and overall suitability for employment with the Calgary Fire
        Department.

Q   “What questions will I be asked?"
    A   The questions you will be asked will be similar to, if not the same as, those questions asked in the
        PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT. The questions will cover your driving and insurance history,
        alcohol and drug use, credit history, school and employment habits, integrity and criminal
        activity/associations.

Q   “How long will it take?”
    A   This varies per individual. Plan to be on-site for approximately two to four hours.


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                 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – POLYGRAPH …CONTINUED

Q   “How does the polygraph work?
    A   Polygraphs are sensitive recording devices. They typically measure changes in a person’s
        breathing rate, heart rate, blood pressure and perspiration. Throughout questioning, signals from
        the sensors that are connected to the body will record these changes. So when a person knowingly
        tells a lie or otherwise attempts deception, it appears in the polygraph chart tracings. The examiner
        will explain in detail how the polygraph works and will answer any questions you may have before
        the test.

Q   “Will my nervousness affect the results (i.e., make it seem like I’m lying)?"
    A   It is natural for an applicant to be nervous at this step in the process. The examiner can recognize
        the difference between someone who is simply nervous and someone who is being intentionally
        deceitful. The important thing to remember is to disclose everything when completing your
        PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT initially, and then disclose everything to the examiner during your
        polygraph test.

Q   “What if I forgot to include something on my PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT or to tell my File Manager
    when my appointment was being booked?”
    A   Anything you remember later can be added by submitting it to the Recruitment Office in writing up
        to two business days before your polygraph appointment.

Q   “What if I remember something during the polygraph that I didn’t disclose in my PERSONAL HISTORY
    STATEMENT or to tell my File Manager when my appointment was being booked?”
    A   Tell the examiner all that you remember. They will make note of any additional information you
        proved and will include it in their report. It’s better to ensure you have a successful polygraph in
        terms of honesty rather than trying to hide something because you know you forgot to provide it
        initially. All additional information will be reviewed by Recruitment personnel and an assessment will
        be made whether you move forward in the process.

Q   “What happens once my polygraph test is done (i.e., Does the examiner decide if I’m successful)?"
    A   The role of the Examiner is to assess the truthfulness of your responses during your test. The
        Examiner does not indicate if you will be moving forward in the hiring process.

        To have a successful test means exactly that – you have successfully completed the polygraph
        evaluation so that the Examiner has obtained conclusive results. The Examiner will tell you if he/she
        was able to attain successful results which are based strictly on your honesty during the testing
        procedure.

        After your test, the Examiner will forward a report of his/her findings to the Recruitment Division,
        where the content of your report will be assessed and a decision will be made whether you move
        forward in the process. Once a decision has been reached, you will be advised by mail or email.



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                 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – POLYGRAPH …CONTINUED

Q   “How should I prepare for my polygraph test?"
    A   There is not much you can do to prepare for the polygraph test. If you have been truthful in
        providing recruiting personnel with full details prior to this point, you should have nothing to be
        concerned about.

        The best thing you can do at this stage is to ensure you are physically prepared for your test by
        getting a good night’s rest and eating and taking in plenty of fluids the day of your test.

               HOW TO PH YSICALLY PREPARE FOR YOUR POLYGRAPH APPOIN TMEN T


        You need to be in good physical health and mental condition to participate in a test.

        A good night’s sleep before your test is important. Do Not attend your appointment if you are:

             Exhausted / overtired,

             Hungry / dehydrated, or

             Suffering from cold or flu symptoms, menstrual discomfort or any sort of physical abuse.

                 If any of these factors are preventing you from attending your test, please inform the
                 Recruitment Office at (403) 974-4850.

        Consuming caffeinated beverages in moderation will not affect the results of your test.

        You should not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

        A person who is suffering from a heart problem may be tested with the written permission of his or
        her physician, but the Examiner must judge whether or not you are in condition to provide
        significant results.

        Under no circumstances will a pregnant applicant be subjected to a polygraph examination.

                  FA CTOR S TH AT MA Y D ELA Y OR PR ECLUD E YOUR PO LYGRAPH T EST


        Recent surgery or presence of significant pain.

        Respiratory problems that include cough spasms, etc., which in turn prevent you from sitting still
        during the actual testing.

        Psychiatric disorders, inability to speak, inability to understand and to listen.




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    STEPS IN THE FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT SELECTION PROCESS …CONTINUED

          STEP 5 – CANDIIDATE PHYSIICAL ABIILIITY TEST
          STEP 5 – CAND DATE PHYS CAL AB L TY TEST
The fifth step in the selection process is the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).

IMPORTANT CPAT NOTES

    You may choose to participate in up to two walk-through orientations and two timed practice
    attempts at CPAT up to 12 weeks prior to the date of your test.

    A non-refundable fee of $210.00 ($200.00 + 5% GST) will be collected on the date of your first
    timed practice or your CPAT.

         If you produce a copy of a valid CPAT certificate on the date of your practice/test, this fee will be waived.

    Before you participate in any timed CPAT events, you must provide a written medical clearance
    from your family physician. Specific CPAT Medical Clearance documents are available for
    downloading from our Internet www.calgary.ca/fire or from our Wellness Centre by email:
    CPAT.info@calgary.ca or phone: (403) 974-4952.

         You are responsible for any doctor’s fees associated with completing these forms.

    Applicants may participate in CPAT events concurrent with Step 1, 2 or 3 in the hiring process.

    If you fail CPAT, you will be advised of your eligibility to re-apply.

         If eligible, you will be required to begin the process again at Step 1, Application / Pre-screen.

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                                              CPAT EVENT STATIONS
CPAT consists of eight separate stations in sequence requiring you to progress along a predetermined
path from event to event in a continuous manner:

           Station #1 – Stair Climb                                           Station #2 – Hose Drag

           Station #3 – Equipment Carry                                       Station #4 – Ladder Raise and Extension

           Station #5 – Forcible Entry                                        Station #6 – Search

           Station #7 – Rescue                                                Station #8 – Ceiling Breach and Pull

This is a pass/fail test based on a validated maximum total time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds.


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                                                CPAT COURSE LAYOUT
    The eight stations are placed in a sequence that best simulates fire scene events while allowing an
    85-foot (25.91-m) walk between events. This 85-foot walk allows you approximately 20 seconds to
    recover and regroup before the next event.

    To ensure your personal safety and to prevent exhaustion, you are not allowed to run between events.


                                  CPAT TESTING GEAR AND EQUIPMENT
    Throughout the test, you will wear a 50-pound (22.68-kg) vest (provided) to simulate the weight of a
    self-contained breathing apparatus and firefighter protective clothing. An additional 25-pounds
    (11.34-kg), composed of two 12.5-pound (5.67-kg) weights (provided) that simulate a high-rise pack
    (hose bundle), is added to your shoulders for the first event, the stair climb.

    Throughout all events, you are to wear long pants and footwear with no open heel or toe. Watches and
    loose or restrictive jewellery are not permitted. We will provide you with a hard hat with chin strap and
    work gloves.

    All props were designed to obtain the necessary information regarding your physical ability. The tools
    and equipment were chosen to provide the highest level of consistency, safety and validity in
    measuring this ability.

    To ensure scoring accuracy by eliminating timer failure, we use two stopwatches to time the
    CPAT. One stopwatch is designated as the official test time stopwatch, the second is the backup
    stopwatch. If mechanical failure occurs, the time on the backup stopwatch is used. The stopwatches
    are set to the pass/fail time and count down from 10 minutes and 20 seconds. If time elapses prior to
    the completion of the test, the test is concluded; you have failed the test.

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                                FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – CPAT

Q   “I have CPAT certification from another fire agency. Can I use this certificate in Calgary’s process?”
    A   The Calgary Fire Department will recognize CPAT certification from other fully licensed IAFF
        jurisdictions at the beginning of the recruiting process. If you receive a job offer, you will need to
        complete a Calgary CPAT, however no payment will be required on receipt of a copy of your valid
        CPAT certificate (dated within the past year).

Q   “Is there a physical fitness training program available for CPAT?”
    A   Yes. The IAFF/IAFC Wellness-Fitness Task Force has created a CPAT PREPARATION GUIDE
        complete with stretches and training recommendations. A copy of this document is available for
        downloading from our Internet at www.calgary.ca/fire or can be requested from Wellness personnel
        by email: CPAT.info@calgary.ca or by phone: (403) 974-4952.

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                      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – CPAT …CONTINUED

Q   “Can I see and/or try out CPAT before my test day?”
    A   Yes. Included in the CPAT preparation program are several different types of CPAT site/test
        orientation.


                                                 C PA T O r ien t a t i on Ses s io ns

    Attendance at these orientation sessions is optional; should you choose not to participate, you will be
    required to sign a waiver indicating you declined the offer to participate.

    TYPES OF CPAT ORIENTATION

    1. Candidates may choose to borrow a CPAT Orientation DVD, VHS tape or CD-ROM by contacting
       Wellness personnel by email: CPAT.info@calgary.ca or by phone: (403) 974-4952.

    2. Candidates may choose to attend up to two walk-through events prior to their test – intended to
       offer a visual familiarization of the test venue and to learn strategies for using the tools provided.

    3. Candidates may choose to attend up to two timed practice CPAT run-throughs in the 30-days prior
       to their test. Should a candidate be successful at the timed practice event, this will be considered
       as a successful CPAT.

             a. The timed practice runs are intended to offer a sequential, non-punitive run-through of the
                entire course.

             b. Payment will be required on the date of your first timed CPAT practice. Only one payment
                will be required.

    Please contact Wellness Personnel by email: CPAT.info@calgary.ca or by phone (403) 974-4952 to
    obtain additional training information or to discuss available dates for CPAT orientations, timed practice
    runs and tests.

    If calling, please be prepared to leave a voice mail message with your daytime contact information
    including phone number and if available, email address.




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    STEPS IN THE FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT SELECTION PROCESS …CONTINUED

             STEP 6 – SELECTIION COMMIITTEE
             STEP 6 – SELECT ON COMM TTEE
Once you successfully advance to this step, your file has reached the point where a hiring decision is
made. All data is compiled and your file is presented to a Selection Committee.

The purpose of the Selection Committee is to offer an objective perspective on your suitability for this
position to determine if you are to receive a job offer. Your hiring decision is based on consideration of
your competencies, skills, physical abilities and job fit.

IMPORTANT SELECTION COMMITTEE NOTES
    Selection committee sessions are scheduled in accordance with the department’s hiring needs and
    typically occur when a Fire Recruit class has been scheduled.
    The committee will determine if you will continue in the selection process; if chosen, you can expect
    to receive a conditional job offer.
    If the committee is unable to reach a decision, you may be required to attend a panel review to
    speak to the committee’s concerns.
    If the committee determines you are not to receive a job offer, you will be advised of your eligibility
    to re-apply.

CONDITIONAL JOB OFFER
CONDITIONAL JOB OFFER
The Department’s hiring needs are difficult to predict and fluctuate as a result of a number of factors
(i.e., retirements, city growth, funding/resource availability, etc.). This may mean you have successfully
advanced through the hiring process, yet have to wait until there are enough open positions available in
the department to be offered employment.

When the department requires additional personnel, a Fire Recruit training class is scheduled. A
selection of successful applicants is contacted and provided with Conditional Job Offers. Stated within
the terms of the conditional job offer will be time-sensitive information to ensure you are ready to begin
fire recruit training. If you are from out-of-city/province, you will be required to travel to Calgary to
complete the required tasks; several trips may be required.

IMPORTANT JOB OFFER NOTES
    All tasks identified in your conditional job offer must be completed in order to begin employment.
    Failure to meet the Alberta driver’s licensing standards prior to your start-date will directly impact
    your ability to begin employment.
    You must be prepared for medical and fitness evaluation testing on receipt of a job offer.
    The information contained within the fire recruit instructional materials is property of the Calgary
    Fire Department. A refundable deposit may be required on issue of this material.


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                      MEETING THE CONDITIONS OF YOUR JOB OFFER
Before your employment can begin, several steps must occur to prepare you to begin recruit training:

PROFESSIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE

Fire recruits must be legally authorized to operate both ambulances and fire apparatus in the province
of Alberta prior to their start-date.

    You will be required to provide proof of a valid Alberta Commercial Operator’s License and
    Air Brake endorsement prior to your start-date.
         If you are from out-of-province, you must ensure you appropriately transfer your license to meet Alberta’s
         Commercial Operator’s licensing standards a minimum of 10 days before your employment begins.

    You will need to provide a current driver’s abstract from the province where you currently reside.

MEDICAL / FITNESS EVALUATION

You will need to attend a comprehensive medical/fitness evaluation with Calgary Fire Department
Wellness personnel to be assessed in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association NFPA
1582 standard. You must be cleared as medically “fit-for-duty” by a Calgary Fire Department’s
Occupational Physician in order to begin employment.

    Your fitness assessment will include a direct gas analysis treadmill test where you must complete a
    minimum of 12 minutes 30 seconds; this is part of the Wellness Fitness Initiative (WFI).

         Note: Your job offer may be deferred or rescinded at the discretion of the Fire Department’s physician.

THRESHOLD KNOWLEDGE TEST

Prior to your employment start-date, you will be issued instructional materials containing Calgary Fire
Department protocols and the theoretical knowledge required in order to begin practical, hands-on
learning. After six weeks of independent study, you will be required to pass a written threshold
knowledge test (TKT) based on these study materials.

    Failure to achieve a passing grade (80%) on your TKT will cause your job offer to be rescinded.

    If you fail your TKT, you will be advised of your eligibility to re-apply.

UNIFORM ISSUE

You will be required to attend a personal uniform fitting appointment in Calgary to ensure your uniform
issue will be available at the start your recruit training. This will need to occur well in advance of your
employment start-date and must be pre-booked.




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               FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – CONDITIONAL JOB OFFER

Q   “I live out-of-province and must wait until I become an Alberta resident before I can transfer my driver’s
    license? Will you accept my out-of-province license until I have this done?”
    A   No. When you receive your conditional job offer, you will have approximately six weeks to allow you
        to meet this standard.

Q   “Why must I achieve a passing grade on my TKT?”
    A   Owing to the short time frame under which recruit training is completed, you must have the
        threshold theoretical knowledge to assure all training standards can be met. Ensuring you commit
        an appropriate amount of pre-study and following learning objectives outlined in the instructional
        materials will be vital to your success.

Q   “I have already successfully completed a recognized firefighter training program through a college or
    other fire department. Will I need to write the TKT?”
    A   Yes. You will need to learn our methods, techniques and protocols to perform your duties as a
        Calgary firefighter. While your prior knowledge will be helpful in acquiring the required theoretical
        knowledge, it will not be sufficient to meet our training standards.

Q   “Where can I obtain more information on how to prepare for my recruit training?”
    A   A comprehensive approach has been outlined for you and is as follows:


                                 PREPARING FOR FIRE RECRUIT TRAINING
    As you are expected to maintain standards throughout your career as a Calgary firefighter, you must
    physically and mentally prepare yourself to begin a rigorous fire recruit training program. Your abilities,
    attitude and demeanour will be assessed throughout your career.

    Calgary Fire Department training programs are designed to give firefighters the knowledge and skill to
    cope with the hostile environments they face. Recruit training curriculum incorporates in-class theory,
    practical, hands-on training on a simulated training ground and daily fitness conditioning (i.e., running,
    weight training) and evaluations.

    KNOWLEDGE PREPARATION

    During recruit training, you will be tested frequently on your theoretical and practical knowledge to
    ensure you meet the standards. Failure to meet these standards will result in letters of warning;
    accumulation of three letters will result in dismissal.

        Note: A recommended amount of studying time is 1.5 to 2 hours a day. Preparation is essential.




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                   PREPARING FOR FIRE RECRUIT TRAINING …CONTINUED
PHYSICAL PREPARATION

To enhance the likelihood of success during recruit training and to reduce the risk of injury, you must
report to the Training Academy in top physical shape. It is imperative that you are prepared for a high
volume of fitness activity.

Fire ground training conditions will tax you physically (i.e., breathing compressed air, extreme
heat/temperature changes, constant physical activity during inclement weather conditions, etc.). Daily
recruit fitness conditioning includes outdoor running, circuit training with weights, aerobic, plyometric
and isometric training.

During recruit training, there is a scheduled 60-minute fitness period each morning. Fitness activities
involving running will be performed, at a minimum, twice per week.

                                     FIRE RECRUIT FITNESS EVALUATION TESTS
During recruit class, you will undergo fitness evaluation tests to assess your cardiovascular conditioning
levels and measure your ability to independently manage large, wieldy and heavy equipment.

The intensity levels required to pass these tests best reflect the level of intensity that firefighters exert
during routine fire suppression operations.

FITNESS EVALUATION TESTS

1. The Léger 65-foot (20-metre) shuttle run

         The shuttle run, sometimes known as the “beep test”, requires you to run back and forth
         between two points, a distance of 65-feet (20-metres) apart. This is a continuous timed running
         test with the pace established by a metronome.

             The test begins with you jogging at an approximate running speed of 8.5 km/hr for a period of one
             minute (Stage 1).

             With each additional minute, the speed increases by 0.5 km/hr.

             The test continues to the point of failure. The objective is to continue until you can no longer keep
             pace with the metronome or you remove yourself from the test.

                  Note: As a minimum, you are expected to reach Stage 7.5, which equates to 7.5 minutes on the
                  Léger test.




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                                     FIRE RECRUIT FITNESS EVALUATION TESTS

    The Léger 65-foot (20-metre) shuttle run …Continued

         This test is used as an indicator of how physically prepared you are on entering your recruit
         training program, as well as how likely you are to pass the next fitness evaluation, the 1.5-mile
         run.

             Note: A failure to reach Stage 7.5 on the shuttle run indicates inadequate cardiovascular conditioning
             and is subject to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal.

2. The 1.5-mile (2.46-km) run

         You must pass a 1.5-mile run evaluation in 12 minutes or less. The running speed required to
         pass this test is equivalent to an eight-minute mile pace.

         During recruit training, you will be given several opportunities to practice this event prior to your
         test date.

             Note: You must successfully pass 1.5-mile run evaluation or be subject to disciplinary action, which
             may include dismissal.

3. Tool Task Assessment

         You will be exposed to a variety of tools during the course of your training period.

         It is expected that before entering recruit training, you have developed a suitable level of upper
         body strength to perform specific job tasks.

         As part of your recruit training, you will be provided an instructional manual outlining specific
         tools and their correct use, preparing you for a Tool Task Assessment.

         The Tool Task Assessment will measure your ability to:

             Lift, hold and operate vehicle extrication tools such as spreaders/cutters tools (18-kg) and
             batteries (8-kg);
             Position exhaust fans (26-kg);
             Hang hose to dry after use (30-kg);
             Start and position a k-12 rotary saw (16-kg);
             Identify, explain and demonstrate the use of commonly used tools.

                  Note: You must successfully pass this tool task evaluation or be subject to disciplinary action,
                  which may include dismissal.

If you have any questions regarding the fire recruit fitness expectations, please contact Wellness
personnel by email: CPAT.info@calgary.ca or by phone at (403) 974-4952.


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