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Firefighter Recruitment


Saint John’s Fire Service has been operating since 1786, providing a variety of services including Fire Rescue and Suppression; Technical Rescue; Hazardous Materials Emergency Response; Fire Prevention; Fire Investigation; and Medical First Responder to the community of Saint John and surrounding areas. Saint John Fire is a dedicated team of professionals committed to delivering a high standard of service to our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our collaborative and passionate team prides itself on our involvement and support of many community initiatives supporting the vision of a growing, vibrant, and safe Saint John.

Qualified individuals interested in a rewarding and challenging career with the Saint John Fire Department are invited to apply for Holiday Relief Fire Fighter (HRFF) positions. These multi-skilled individuals will complete our team and replace permanent Fire Fighters as needed. HRFF’s are required to work 24-hour shifts, weekends, holidays and are subject to emergency call in on short notice. HRFF’s are casual employees however typically work full-time hours for approximately 11 months of the year depending on operational needs.

2024 HRFF Information Session Video

Link to 2024 Posting

Required qualifications 

Minimum of grade 12 education or equivalent

Firefighter Level I & II (IFSAC or Pro Board Accredited)

Valid driver's license. A minimum of Class 5 is required. Successful candidates will be required to obtain Class 3E within 6 months of employment

Hazardous Materials for First Responders Operations Level  (IFSAC or Pro Board)

Medical First Responder with CPR - Certified within the last year

How to apply

When recruitment is open, applicants must submit a resume as well as the following documents:

Copy of high school diploma and related post-secondary education

Copy of current certification of NFPA fire certifications 1001 Level I & II Firefighter: (IFSAC or Pro Board Accredited )

Copy of current Medical First Responder & CPR certification

Copy of valid driver’s license

Security clearance from your local police headquarters

Motor vehicle abstract from the Provincial Motor Vehicle Office

Copies of any additional certificates for other qualifications as presented in the resume

Selection process 

Those candidates chosen to participate in the selection process will be required to undergo rigorous physical fitness and medical evaluations at their own expense.

Fitness Assessment: Canadian Forces Firefighter Physical

Candidates who are successful in the preliminary evaluation will be required to attend a 7 to 8 week, full-time, intensive training session at the Saint John Fire Service Training Centre. Candidates must make themselves available for all prescheduled components of the selection process. Successful candidates must also complete a 12-month probationary period before qualifying for the HRFF list.


Camp Courage NB 2023

Saint John hosted the first Camp Courage New Brunswick in August 2023. The camp provides the opportunity for young females and gender diverse teens an opportunity to explore careers as first responders. Thirteen participants had a chance to learn more about police, fire and paramedicine during the 4 day interactive camp. We closed out the week with a mock scenario that had the campers respond to a motor vehicle incident involving an impaired driver. Partnering with MADD and the Atlantic Exhibition this was a fun opportunity to showcase what they learned and increase awareness about impaired driving. 

Stay tuned for future Camps. Learn more about Camp Courage here

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