FRAP - Firefighter Residency Apprenticeship Program

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FRAP - Firefighting Residency Apprenticeship Program



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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

 *Training is IFSAC/ProBoard Accredited through the Alberta Firefighter Certification Program from the Government of Alberta.
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 full-time for 20-months
  • 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 full-time 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 Marriott 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.


Kitchen Helper/Staff Café Attendant: Working with our culinary team, this position is responsible for preparing food including cutting and peeling vegetables. The position will also be serving food to our staff while maintaining the high cleanliness standards of our staff cafeteria. This job is repetitive and is best suited for some one who is a strong multi-tasker and enjoys working in a fast paced environment.


Bell Desk/Switchboard: This position is ideal for applicants that are approachable, outgoing and dedicated to exceeding guest expectations. You will be responsible for driving shuttles, assisting guests with luggage delivery, directions, completing room deliveries, shoveling of hotel entrances, cleaning of the lobby; as well as answering calls through our switchboard.


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 virtual Meet & Greet Information Session
Additional information regarding the session will be sent out a few days prior to the session.
The session will provide more information regarding the program with presentation from Kananaskis Emergency Services and the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.

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 - Online
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. The test will be completed online by selected candidates and virtually proctored. Candidates will have a 1 week window to book their online exam and must provide the proctoring service at least 72-hours notice of their desired exam date. Applicants will be required to cover the $30USD cost for proctoring, paid directly to Proctor U at the time of booking their exam. Details regarding registration will be sent to those who are selected to move on after the meet and greet and a review of applications submitted.

Physical Assessment
Applicants who are successful in the aptitude test will be invited to complete the physical assessment. The physical assessment is comprised of an aerobic capacity and job specific task assessments. The physical assessment will be scheduled individually to allow for COVID safety protocols.
Applicants can download the Candidate Physical Assessment Guide to learn more. Additional information regarding COVID screening and testing details will be sent to those invited to this stage.

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. Due to COVID 19, the determination of in-person or online interviews will be made closer to the interview dates.

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.
Upon acceptance of the offer, candidates will be asked to implement additional social restrictions in the 2 weeks ahead of the program start. This tightening of bubbles is required for the safety and wellbeing of the new class and the operational staff of the organization as a new class will bring several bubbles together to form a new group. Safety, diligence and personal accountability are critical to ensure the continued safety and continuity of our emergency services operation. 
Please note the important dates included with the steps below:
  • General Aptitude Test
    • 2023 TBD
  • Physical Assessment
    • 2023 TBD
  • A joint interview with Kananaskis Emergency Services & the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge 
    • 2023 TBD
  • Offer and request for records (criminal records check, drivers abstract and doctors medical) 
    • 2023 TBD
  • Move into staff residence 
    • 2023 TBD
  • Orientation and Commencement with Kananaskis Emergency Services
    • 2023 TBD
  • Orientation and Commencement with Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge 
    • 2023 TBD
For further questions please contact Gary Robertson at or 403-591-2255.
Application Submission

Applications for the 2022 intake is closed! Application submission for the 2023 program intake will occur in December 2022.

Please note that applications must be filled out electronically using the fillable PDF and saved as a single document. Applications that are hand written or photographic images of pages that are sent will not be accepted.

When submitting your application ensure the subject line of the email is:

Application emails should include the following documents each saved as an individual pdf file as bulleted below and attached to the email:

  • Application Form
  • Resume & Cover Letter
  • Copy of Drivers License
  • Copy of First Aid Certification (if applicable)
    • Please do not submit any additional certifications or documents at this time.