Forest Firefighter

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Paramount Resources Firefighting provides forest firefighting crews on contract to provincial Ministry of Natural Resources. Our skilled and dedicated crews are strategically station in various locations and deployed as requested and needed to fires. In exceptional circumstances of extreme forest fires crews could be deployed to assist in firefighting attacks in United States. We have openings for the 2014 season.

Fighting forest fires is a great job, if you're cut out for it. Not everybody is. There are some realities about this line of work that you should be aware of - it is physically demanding and it can be exhausting; living in a tent in the bush for weeks at a time and cooking for yourself, is no picnic.

On the other hand, it can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying jobs you'll ever undertake, which might be why so many people apply. There are two other realities you must be aware of - nobody gets a job fighting forest fires unless they have been trained and certified and successfully completing the training is not a guarantee that you will get a job. There are no guarantees.


Paramount Firefighters have an international reputation as highly trained and experienced fire managers and firefighters protecting against the threat of wildfires. As well as protecting families, communities and private property from forest fires, fire staff have are deployed to many locations. When not fighting forest fires, staff are involved in resource management, training, equipment maintenance, fire prevention and fire detection.


What do I need to be hired in an entry-level forest firefighter position?

1.Pass the Canadian Physical Performance Exchange Standard for Type 1 Wildland Firefighters (WFX-FIT)
2.Successful completion of the SP100 Basic Forest Firefighter Training Program
3.Standard First Aid (St. John's, Red Cross or equivalent)

Successful completion of the SP100 firefighter training requirements does not guarantee employment.

SP100 Training

As a seasonal firefighter under contract to provide fire crews, you must first have successfully completed entry level training - the SP100 firefighting course, this is a mandatory requirement of Ministry of Natural Resources. Although you don't have to be 18 years of age to take the course, you must have attained your 18th birthday before you can be hired as a fire crew contractor. A number of private training agencies have been accredited by MNR to provide the SP100 course.

The 40-hour course is intensely focused on safety and will prepare you to assume the role of an entry level forest fire crew member. You will be trained to MNR standards in the maintenance and operation of equipment such as the power pump, and in the proper use of suppression hand tools, communications and camping equipment. You will be taught basic fire behaviour and fire terminology.

The following training is NOT needed if seeking an entry-level forest firefighter position. If hired, you will be provided with on-the-job training since we must provide this training internally for you to be certified:

  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Chainsaw Training
  • Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Training (WDHP)


If you are interested in exploring this rewarding opportunity, please forward your expression of interest in the position and the training to be certified for such.