Firefighter Recruitment

Join YCFD!

The Yellowhead County Fire Department (YCFD) is always looking to increase membership. It doesn’t matter if you are a veteran firefighter looking for a new challenge or if you have no public safety experience, there is room for you here at YCFD. Joining with YCFD is a great way to support the local community or even prepare for a paid career in the fire and rescue service. We are looking for people from a wide age range and backgrounds. If you have ever thought about becoming a firefighter or just helping in the community, now is your chance to make it happen.

Become a Hellfire Hero!

Did you know the Yellowhead County Fire Department was part of Discovery Canada’s Hellfire Heroes and features several of our Paid-On-Call and full-time firefighters? Check out this video made by the producers of the show that highlights what it’s like to be a YCFD Firefighter!

YCFD Application

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How You Can Make an Impact

Joining with YCFD is a great way to support the local community or even prepare for a paid career in the fire and rescue service. We are looking for people from a wide age range and backgrounds. If you ever thought about becoming a firefighter or just helping in the community, now is your chance to make it happen.

YCFD accepts three different application types:

Paid-On-Call Firefighter:

Interested in becoming an operational firefighter for YCFD. Responding to a variety of emergency response call, YCFD Paid-On-Call Firefighters respond to a variety of incidents including vehicle incidents, structure fires, rescues, and more. There is also a thorough and intensive training programs that cover a wide range of skills and certifications that are needed for YCFD emergency response.

Paid-On-Call Special Operations:

Not looking to participate as an operational firefighter? Special Operations is any operation that is not in the normal firefighter membership job description. This can range everything from Incident Support Unit Operator, to Logistics Support, to Technical Rope Rescue.
Special Operations Group is made up of paid on-call members who would like to provide support to the organization with specialized skills. These members can be from the general firefighter membership, but being a general firefighter is not required. Many specialty courses and skills are required to be maintained to keep up with the training and skill set, all which are provided to the members free of charge. No previous experience is required.

These members are paid on-call only for the hours spent training, during a fire response call in which special operations is needed, or during a special operations event in which special operations members are required.

Cadet Program (Ages 16-18)

The YCFD Cadet Program is for high school students to learn about Yellowhead County Fire Department while developing life skills needed to become a firefighter within YCFD.
The program’s mission is to enable cadets to better understand the firefighting career through an experience that balances both classroom and hands-on learning. The program offers controlled, hands-on learning experiences.
Applications for the Cadet Program are accepted from August 1 until August 31 each year.

Find out more info on the cadet program