The Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department had a ton of applicants for paid-on-call positions.
In years prior, the department had to sort through roughly 100 candidates, this year they received over 300.
"We can get them operating a little bit quicker if they've got experience and training behind them. But in some case, people we bring on have none so we invest the time into them and make sure they're safe and prepared for the job," said Fort Saskatchewan Fire Chief Shawn McKerry.
Successful applicants need be at least 18 and are expected to work at least three or four, 10-hour days a month.
The 300 applications were narrowed down to around 150, eliminating those from outside the response area. The department then chose the 20 best candidates for interviews and further selection.
Chosen entrants must undergo both physical and medical tests, with positions only being offered to the best.
Only six were chosen through the process last year.
The fire department also received a new sleeping quarters, more details are here.