Fire Services employment

OUR MISSION: Be Caring. Be Safe. Prevent Harm.

Preventing fires remains our first line of defense, but, when emergencies occur, the Firefighting division is there to help. Our team is trained and equipped to deliver fire suppression, auto-extrication and defibrillation services. They also perform HazMat, technical rescue and water/ice rescue services. Our training, communications, clerical, apparatus and stores divisions provide ongoing support to train, dispatch alarms, maintain the services and assist in our overall functioning. Our team of over 400 dedicated employees serve more than 380,000 residents as well as tens of thousands of students attending Western University and Fanshawe College.

Interested In Joining Our Team?

Probationary firefighter

Our firefighters respond to a variety of emergency situations including structure fires, auto-extrications and cardiac related events. As well, many firefighters also serve on one of our four special teams:

  • Ice/water rescue or swift water rescue
  • Hazardous materials
  • Technical rescue (rope rescue)
  • Fire communications.

When not involved in emergency events, our firefighters are out in our community promoting public service, fire prevention and life safety.

Minimum academic requirements:

  • Proof of grade 12 diploma in the Province of Ontario, GED or equivalent (transcript with grades or diploma accepted as proof)
  • Current IFSAC and/or ProBoard Certification in:
  • NFPA 1001, Firefighter Level 1
  • NFPA 1001, Firefighter Level II
  • NFPA 1072 (or 472), Hazmat Awareness
  • NFPA 1072 (or 472), Hazmat Operations
  • Other IFSAC and/or ProBoard certifications will be considered an asset

Driver’s license requirements:

  • Valid unrestricted Ontario class D driver's license with a Z endorsement prior to the closing date of the recruitment posting
  • DZ Licence and/or road tests completed after the application deadline will not be accepted
  • Out of province equivalent licences will be accepted at the time of application, however these must be converted to a valid Ontario DZ license within 90 days of hire
  • Must provide proof of a 3 year uncertified driver’s abstract with application

First Aid requirements

  • Current First aid, CPR & AED certification is required
  • "Emergency Care for Professional Responders" will be considered an asset (EMR)

Criminal Reference Check

  • Criminal reference check with a vulnerable sector screen, no more than 12 months old at the time of the posting
  • May be obtained from the police department in the city reflected on your driver’s licence
  • Must be uploaded with your application prior to the posting closing date
  • While waiting for your Criminal reference check to be processed, you may upload your payment receipt as proof of applying

Physical Testing

  • York University Firefighting Physical Fitness Tests OR 
  • Successful completion of all stages (1-3) of the OFAI Candidate Testing Services (as verified by possession of a current and valid CTS Certificate). Certificate must be valid and current to be accepted (not expired); Successful completion of the OFAI Swim Test (as verified by possession of a current and valid certificate - not expired).
  • Applicants are responsible to cover the cost of the fitness test, if required.
  • Candidate Physical Ability Tests (CPAT) are not accepted.


  • A pre-qualifying exam is part of our recruitment process
  • Details regarding date, time and location would be provided when a recruitment is in process


Other Fire career opportunities include: 

  • Fire prevention inspector
  • Public fire and life safety educator
  • Communications operator
  • Mechanic
  • Training instructor
  • Administrative



Last modified:Wednesday, July 03, 2024