FRAP - Firefighter Residency Apprenticeship Program

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FRAP - Firefighting Residency Apprenticeship Program

Our application intake for the Firefighter Residency Apprenticeship Program is now closed for our 2020 program. The application intake for the 2021 program is expected to open in December of 2020.

Kananaskis Emergency Services is offering an exciting opportunity for highly motivated individuals looking to enter the fire service, obtain internationally accredited certification to the National Fire Protection Association standards and obtain valuable experience working for a municipal fire department. Standard fire training programs can cost thousands of dollars to complete; and while they provide certification, do not provide on-the-job experience which is highly valuable in the industry when applying to departments. The Firefighter Residency Apprenticeship congruently provides in-class and practical training coupled with on-the-job training both working in the fire station environment and on emergency scenes. Not only is all of the training provided at NO COST, you will be compensated for your time during training, on calls and during duty shifts.
Training in the heart of the Rockies, participants of FRAP will work through a 20-month program to obtain: 
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I & II*
  • Incident Command System ICS100 & ICS200
  • Restricted Operator Certificate with Aeronautical Qualification (ROC-A)
  • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations*
  • NFPA 1002 Driver Operator & Pumper*
  • NFPA 1006 Vehicle Rescue Level I*
  • NFPA 1051 Wildland Firefighter*
  • 80-Hour First Medical Responder (FMR) training
*Programs are IFSAC & ProBOARD accredited through the Alberta NFPA Certifications unit of the Public Safety Division.
Firefighters train an average of 30 hours per month, totaling over 600 hours by the time the program is complete.
In addition, once the 3-month fundamental training is complete, Firefighters will begin responding on calls to obtain on-the-job experience and will start working 10 hours of duty in station per month to further strengthen their knowledge, skills and experience with day to day fire station operations.
Application Requirements
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Reliable Vehicle
  • Willing to move to and live in Kananaskis
  • Commitment to the full program
  • Please note that individuals who have already reached a certain level of certified fire training are not eligible to apply for this program and are encouraged to look into any posting for our Casual Firefighter Program.
Employment and Residency


As a requirement for acceptance into the program, applications will be forwarded to our program partners at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and Kananaskis Nordic Spa to obtain employment and residency within Kananaskis for the duration of the program. (Employment & residency are a mandatory requirement for participation in the program). Please ensure to indicate in your resume any past hospitality experience.  As part of your employment with Pomeroy/Nordic Spa, you’ll be partnered up in staff accommodations with another member of our program. You will also have access to the great programs and amenities available to staff including: discounts at Marriot properties, Kananaskis Nordic Spa and discounts on experience packages like sky diving, skiing, rafting, caving and more!
Positions Available

Room Attendant: As a member of the Housekeeping department, you will be responsible for cleaning guests rooms and public spaces.  This includes cleaning bathrooms, bedrooms and some kitchenettes.  This position has very routine tasks and the candidate should enjoy working independently.  This is a physically demanding position that requires a great eye for detail and time management skills.


Dishwashing:  Working with our Stewarding team, cleaning and scrubbing dishes, cutlery, pots/pans.  You will also be responsible for cleaning some kitchen equipment and employee back areas, involving mopping and scrubbing. The candidate also should enjoy working independently.  This position can be strenuous and fast paced.


Security Guard: Overnight shifts from 11pm-7:30am.  Regularly touring both the hotel and the residence buildings, this position requires a lot of walking.  Ensure safety and security for our guests and staff. You would be a first responder for medical emergencies.  Conducting investigations and incident reports for any situations that require it.


F&B Attendant/host/Server: A variety of different positions within the Food & Beverage division.  The duties of these roles entail greeting and seating guests, assisting servers with delivery of food to the table, clearing, cleaning and resetting tables. Preparing supplies for the food and beverage service as well as delivery of In-room Dining orders throughout the hotel.


Nordic Spa Attendant: Working at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa, you will be responsible for keeping the facilities cleaned and stocked.  This involves collecting used towels and restocking of clean supplies, cleaning locker rooms and public areas.  Great guest service skills required as you will also be responsible for assisting and guiding guests through the unique Nordic Spa process.

Successful applicants will be required to maintain Kananaskis as their primary residency throughout the program which is defined as a minimum of 75% of each week spent in Kananaskis. Members coordinate their time away from the valley to ensure adequate coverage to the residents and visitors of Kananaskis at all times.

All applicants will be required to attend a Meet & Greet Information Session on Friday January 24th 2020 at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. 
Additional information regarding the location will be sent out with the confirmation your application was received.
The session will provide more information regarding the program with presentation from Kananaskis Emergency Services and the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. You will receive a tour of the facility including the staff accommodations. Following this, there will be an opportunity to speak and ask questions to representatives from Kananaskis Emergency Services, department leads from the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and Kananaskis Nordic Spa who are looking to take on FRAP members and current Firefighter Apprentices about their experience in the program. Refreshments will be provided by the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.
Successful applicants will be contacted for our selection process after the Meet & Greet Session

Selection Process
After the meet and greet, candidates will be invited to the assessment day comprised of a general aptitude test and physical assessment. Further details for the day will be provided via email to those invited to attend.
General Aptitude Test
The general aptitude test is a 100 question entry-level Firefighter test that does not require specific firefighting knowledge. The test is comprised of cognitive and non-cognitive components that are designed to assess:
  • Ability to learn, remember and apply information
  • Reading comprehension
  • Firefighter interest questionnaire
  • Logic and mathematical reasoning
  • Situational judgement

Candidates will be given 2-hours to complete the multiple choice exam. Candidates are required to obtain a minimum mark of 70% to be successful. This threshold is in alignment with the academic requirements for completion of NFPA accreditation testing. Candidates looking to study for the aptitude test can find study guide resources online and in major book stores.

Physical Assessment
The physical assessment is comprised of an aerobic capacity and job specific task assessments. The physical assessment will be completed following the aptitude test.
Applicants can download the Candidate Physical Assessment Guide to learn more.

Panel Interview
Candidates will be contacted after the assessment day indicating if they have been successful in moving onto the next phase. The joint panel interview is conducted with members from Kananaskis Emergency Services and the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. Interviews include situational questions, however, do not require the use of a specific answering format such as STAR. 

Final Review & Offer
Upon completion of the interviews, the recruitment team will review all components of a candidate's application to determine their suitability for the program. Successful candidates will be contacted with a verbal offer to join the program. Upon acceptance a written offer will be sent via email along with a request for personal records documentation (drivers abstract, criminal records check and doctors medical). This has been done to reduce the cost to applicants until they are successful in their application. 
Please note the important dates included with the steps below:
  • General Aptitude Test & Physical Assessment
    • February 1st 2020
  • A joint interview with Kananaskis Emergency Services & the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge 
    • February 10th - 12th 2020
  • Offer and request for records (criminal records check, drivers abstract and doctors medical) 
    • February 14th 2020
  • Move into staff residence 
    • March 6th - 8th 2020
  • Orientation and Commencement with Kananaskis Emergency Services
    • March 9th 2020
  • Orientation and Commencement with Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge 
    • March 16th 2020
Successful applicants will begin this program in March of 2020.
For further questions please contact Gary Robertson at or 403-591-7755.
Application Submission

Application submission is closed at this time. Please note Kananaskis Emergency Services does not accept applications outside of active recruitment periods.