Our typical firefighter recruitment can take up to 6 months to complete.
A sample timeline is as follows:
Week 1 to Week 5 - Application Process
Week 6 to Week 12 – Candidates shortlisted and invited to proceed to next phase
Week 15 – Second shortlisting of candidates based on results from Skills weekend
Week 16 – Candidate interviews scheduled
Week 18 to Week 20 – Interviews conducted
Week 21 – Final candidate shortlist and employment referencing
Week 22 to Week 23 – Medical evaluation
Week 24 – Final offers of employment extended
Phase 1 - Applications
September 2, 2022 - Application Process Opens.
September 16, 2022 - Application Process Closes. Please refer to the below section: Required Documentation Upon Application
Phase 2 - Written Testing
October 15, 2022 - Fire Service Exam & Psychometric Testing. Candidates will need to be available to attending testing from 13:00 - 18:00.
Phase 3 - Physical Testing Part 1
Early November - Coquitlam Fire Department Skills Challenge (Physical Ability Test). Candidates will be scheduled to attend testing on 1 of the 2 dates. This testing day consists of a Smokehouse Drill, Ladder Climb, Ladder Raise, and Hydrant Evolution.
Phase 4 - Physical Testing Part 2
Late November/ Early December - Physical Standards Testing at Langara College. Candidates will be scheduled to attend testing on 1 of the 4 dates. This physical testing follows the University of Alberta protocol. Suggestions for how to train for the U of A test (PDF).