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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

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Important: Before submitting an application, please ensure that Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is accepting applications. For information on our current recruitment initiatives, please visit our current openings page.

Applicant Information

Candidates must be qualified and capable of successfully performing the job of a Communication Operator, Firefighter Paramedic, Firefighter or Primary Care Paramedic. These jobs demand vigorous physical abilities, coupled with high mental and academic requirements.
Progression through the hiring process for a Communication Operator is as follows:

STEP 1: Application / Pre-Screen
STEP 2: Multitasking Aptitude Assessment / Behavioural Screening Assessment
STEP 3: Panel Interview / Map Reading Assessment / 911 Simulation Assessment / Level 2 Security Check
STEP 4: Selection Committee / Eligibility List
STEP 5: Reference Checks / Conditional Offer of Employment / Medical Assessment
Progression through the hiring process for a Firefighter Paramedic and Primary Care Paramedic is as follows:

STEP 1: Application / Pre-Screen
STEP 2: Written Assessments / Candidate Physical Fitness Evaluation
STEP 3: Panel Interview / EMS Practical Assessment
STEP 4: Selection Committee / Eligibility List
STEP 5: Reference Checks / Conditional Offer of Employment / Medical Assessment
Progression through the hiring process for a Firefighter is as follows:

STEP 1: Application / Pre-Screen
STEP 2: Written Assessments / Candidate Physical Fitness Evaluation
STEP 3: Panel Interview
STEP 4: Selection Committee / Eligibility List
STEP 5: Reference Checks / Conditional Offer of Employment / Medical Assessment
Please Note: If and when we would consider an applicant for an offer of employment, only at that time are reference checks and medical assessments conducted.

Failure to meet the minimum requirements of any step will result in the disqualification of the applicant from further consideration for the duration of the process. The number of applicants advancing in each stage of the process may be limited. Any applicant not being advanced at any point in the process will be advised in writing.

Important Notes:
  • Online applications will not be accepted for this recruitment.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered for this recruitment.
  • Applications received while WFPS is not currently seeking applicants will not be considered.
  • Any applicant not being advanced at any point in the process will be advised in writing.

Step 1: Application / Pre-Screen

It will be the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application / documentation / payment have been received and that the minimum qualifications have been met. Should any of the documentation or payment be missing, the application will not be considered complete and may not be processed any further. Documents will not be returned. We do not accept applications or resumes through fax or email. Applications may be done in person or mailed to the following address:

Human Resources - Recruitment
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service
2nd Floor, 185 King Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1J1

Only those applicants who have submitted all their documentation and payment and have met the requirements of the first step of the process will be contacted to proceed to Step 2. Those who did not meet the requirements of Step 1 will be advised in writing of their eligibility to re-apply.

Important Administrative Processing Fee Notes:
  • $112.00 payable at time of application (cost includes GST).
  • The fee covers the costs of written tests which need to be ordered and proctored; medical drug screening kits and licensing fees for testing.
  • All fees collected in the recruitment selection process are non-refundable. If a candidate is not successful or withdraws in any step of the process, fees will not be refunded.
  • All processing fees may be subject to change.
  • Payment is non-transferable from person to person.
  • Payment must be received before you can proceed to the next applicable step and is due at time of application.
  • Candidates who do not submit payment with application will be disqualified.
  • Methods of payment: Certified Cheque or Money Order payable to the "City of Winnipeg".

Step 2: Multitasking Aptitude Assessment / Behavioural Screening Assessment – Communication Operator

Applicants that meet the required qualifications may be eligible to proceed to the Multitasking Aptitude Assessment. This is a computer based test which is 2 hours in duration and assesses multi-tasking, decision making, keyboarding, data entry, call summarization, cross referencing, character comparison, memory recall, prioritization, map reading, spelling, sentence clarity and reading comprehension skills. Applicants need to successfully achieve a score of 85% or higher in this assessment.

Applicants having successfully completed the Multitasking Aptitude Assessment will be allowed to move forward and attempt the Behavioural Screening Assessment. This is a written assessment which is approximately 1 hour in duration and will determine the behaviour types most suited to be successful in working within a communication centre. Applicants need to successfully achieved a score of 50% or higher in this assessment.

Only those applicants who have successfully completed all pre-screening assessments in Step 2 will be scheduled for a Panel Interview / Map Reading Assessment / 911 Simulation Assessment. Those who did not meet the requirements of Step 2 will be advised in writing of their eligibility to re-apply.

Step 2: Written Assessments / Candidate Physical Fitness Evaluation - Firefighter Paramedic / Primary Care Paramedic

Applicants that meet the required qualifications may be eligible to proceed to the respective EMS and Fire General Knowledge and IPMA Aptitude Written Assessments. These assessments are 2 hours each in duration. Applicants must successfully achieve a score of 80% or higher in each of the written assessments in order to move forward in the recruitment process. Applicants having successfully completed the written requirements will be scheduled for the University of Manitoba Candidate Physical Fitness Evaluation and this assessment is a pass or fail and applicants will only be given one attempt. Only those applicants who have successfully completed Step 2 will be scheduled for a Panel Interview / EMS Practical Assessment. Those who did not meet the requirements of Step 2 will be advised in writing of their eligibility to re-apply.

Step 2: Written Assessments / Candidate Physical Fitness Evaluation - Firefighter

Applicants that meet the required qualifications may be eligible to proceed to the respective Fire Rescue General Knowledge and IPMA Aptitude Written Assessments. These assessments are 2 hours each in duration. Applicants must successfully achieve a score of 80% or higher in each of the written assessments in order to move forward in the recruitment process. Applicants having successfully completed the written requirements will be scheduled for the University of Manitoba Candidate Physical Fitness Evaluation and this assessment is a pass or fail and applicants will only be given one attempt. Only those applicants who have successfully completed Step 2 will be scheduled for a Panel Interview. Those who did not meet the requirements of Step 2 will be advised in writing of their eligibility to re-apply.

Step 3: Panel Interview / Map Reading Assessment / 911 Simulation Assessment / WPS Level 2 Security Check – Communication Operator

We use behaviour based and situational based interviewing, which are also structured to ensure fairness to all applicants. It is a standardized method of interviewing designed to measure how you will perform on the job. The questions are based on core and position specific competencies which are essential qualities established that each applicant must satisfy. The purpose of the interview is to assess your ability to understand and adhere to our core values and the character traits required to be successful in this position. Applicants will be provided with realistic work related scenarios and each scenario of its own requires the candidate to demonstrate a key competency. The interview also consists of a number of behaviour based interview questions on specific competencies and you will be asked to describe your related experience and provide specific examples. As part of the interview team we will assess the candidates response based on the requirement of the competencies as well as their communication skills, general demeanor and deportment and the candidate will need to reflect the expected behavior. Applicants need to successfully achieved a score of 60% or higher in this assessment.

The Map Reading and 911 Simulation Assessments are verbal tests and the total time allotted will be 15 minutes. These assess map reading, listening, dealing with ambiguity, problem solving, informing, composure, and memorization. Applicants need to successfully achieved a score of 50% or higher in each of these assessments.

Applicants must undergo and pass the Winnipeg Police Service Level 2 Security Check. This check will be scheduled by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service with the Winnipeg Police Service. Applicants will only be scheduled for this check if they are successful up to this stage of the recruitment process and must be acquired prior to hiring. Those who do not meet the requirements of Step 3 will be advised in writing of their eligibility to re-apply.

Step 3: Panel Interview / EMS Practical Assessment - Firefighter Paramedic and Primary Care Paramedic

We use behaviour based and situational based interviewing, which are also structured to ensure fairness to all applicants. It is a standardized method of interviewing designed to measure how you will perform on the job. The questions are based on core and position specific competencies which are essential qualities established that each applicant must satisfy. The purpose of the interview is to assess your ability to understand and adhere to our core values and the character traits required to be successful in this position. Applicants will be provided with realistic work related scenarios and each scenario of its own requires the candidate to demonstrate a key competency. The interview also consists of a number of behaviour based interview questions on specific competencies and you will be asked to describe your related experience and provide specific examples. As part of the interview team we will assess the candidates response based on the requirement of the competencies as well as their communication skills, general demeanor and deportment and the candidate will need to reflect the expected behavior. Applicants need to successfully achieved a score of 60% or higher in this assessment.

Applicants will also complete a verbal EMS Practical Assessment consisting of a trauma scenario and medical scenario. Applicants must successfully achieve a score of 67% or higher in this assessment.

These processes are conducted in a boardroom setting and are approximately 1.5 hours in length. Those who do not meet the requirements of Step 3 will be advised in writing of their eligibility to re-apply.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has recently made a change to our recruitment process. All Firefighter Paramedic applicants which have moved forward to Step 3 of the recruitment process are now required to be measured for turnout gear. Turnout gear is made-to-order, based on individual measurements, and takes approximately 10-12 weeks to produce. Turnout gear is required during orientation for new hires, therefore, we must ensure the measurements are on file with our vendor so that orders can be placed immediately after conditional offers of employment are accepted. Please note that having your measurements taken for turnout gear in no way constitutes an offer of employment or your qualification or eligibility for this, or any other position with the City of Winnipeg. All applicants will be subject to our normal screening and assessment processes.

Step 3: Panel Interview - Firefighter

We use behaviour based and situational based interviewing, which are also structured to ensure fairness to all applicants. It is a standardized method of interviewing designed to measure how you will perform on the job. The questions are based on core and position specific competencies which are essential qualities established that each applicant must satisfy. The purpose of the interview is to assess your ability to understand and adhere to our core values and the character traits required to be successful in this position. Applicants will be provided with realistic work related scenarios and each scenario of its own requires the candidate to demonstrate a key competency. The interview also consists of a number of behaviour based interview questions on specific competencies and you will be asked to describe your related experience and provide specific examples. As part of the interview team we will assess the candidates response based on the requirement of the competencies as well as their communication skills, general demeanor and deportment and the candidate will need to reflect the expected behavior. Applicants need to successfully achieved a score of 60% or higher in this assessment.

This process is conducted in a boardroom setting and is approximately 1 hour in length. Those who do not meet the requirements of Step 3 will be advised in writing of their eligibility to re-apply.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has recently made a change to our recruitment process. All Firefighter applicants which have moved forward to Step 3 of the recruitment process are now required to be measured for turnout gear. Turnout gear is made-to-order, based on individual measurements, and takes approximately 10-12 weeks to produce. Turnout gear is required during orientation for new hires, therefore, we must ensure the measurements are on file with our vendor so that orders can be placed immediately after conditional offers of employment are accepted. Please note that having your measurements taken for turnout gear in no way constitutes an offer of employment or your qualification or eligibility for this, or any other position with the City of Winnipeg. All applicants will be subject to our normal screening and assessment processes.

Step 4: Selection Committee / Eligibility List

Once you successfully advance to this step, your file has reached the point where a 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 placement on an eligibility list. The decision is based on consideration of your competencies, skills, physical abilities and job fit.

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 recruitment process and will be considered for further consideration for a future recruit class for this position. The eligibility list remains active and expires one year from the closing date of the job posting. During this period of being on an eligibility list, you do not need to reapply or retest. If you are not provided an offer of employment by the expiry date, you will need to reapply and submit a new application package using current document versions that would be posted on the City of Winnipeg website at the time of your re-application in order to be considered for employment. Please note that being placed on an eligibility list does not constitute an expressed or implied contract or offer of employment for a position with Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service or any other position with the City of Winnipeg. Those who did not meet the requirements of Step 4 will be advised in writing of their eligibility to re-apply.

Step 5: Reference Checks / Conditional Offer of Employment / Medical Assessment

Prior to offering employment, the City of Winnipeg requires that new hires are referenced checked to assess the candidates suitability for the position. If and when the Department considers an applicant for a conditional offer of employment, at that time reference checks will be conducted. Selected candidates will be provided a conditional offer of employment, and will be scheduled to undergo and pass a medical examination administered by the City of Winnipeg’s Occupational Health Branch which includes illegal drug use testing. Those who did not meet the requirements of Step 5 will be advised in writing of their eligibility to re-apply.

Please Note:

The selection process is subject to change and candidates may be subject to other assessments and reviews.


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Last update: March 29, 2018
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