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Calling all firefighters – DND Firefighting team is looking for you!

Reference number: DND24J-142218-000046
Selection process number: 24-DND-EA-NAST-516880
National Defence
Cold Lake (Alberta), Edmonton (Alberta), Suffield (Alberta), Wainwright (Alberta), Esquimalt (British Columbia), Shilo (Manitoba), Gagetown (New Brunswick), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Borden (Ontario), Kingston (Ontario), Petawawa (Ontario), Bagotville (Québec), Valcartier (Québec), Dundurn (Saskatchewan)
$81,605 to $95,912For further information on the organization, please visit National Defence

Closing date: 16 February 2024 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

📢 How does this work?

Step 1: Read the entire advertisement. Want to join our team? Let us know you’re interested! Click “Apply online.” 👍

Step 2: Tell us about you! Attach your resume and answer the screening questions in the online application.

Step 3: We will carefully review all of your qualifications. If your talent matches one of our immediate or upcoming opportunities we may contact you for further information or assessment.

Creating an environment where diverse perspectives are valued begins with self-declaration. Count yourself in and self-declare by identifying to which employment equity group(s) you belong to. In order to self-declare, please ensure to indicate this by checking off the appropriate box within the online application as part of the Employment Equity section.

Work environment

The Department of National Defence (DND) is one of the largest federal government employers, offering over 70 types of civilian career opportunities. DND’s role is to provide services and support to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in their operations and missions at home and abroad. The civilian workforce is an essential part of the Defence Team. Your knowledge and expertise contribute to the overall mission. In this regard, the department fosters a work environment where you have opportunities to learn, to develop your talents, to progress in your career and have job satisfaction over the long-term.

The position works at a Base, Wing or Detachment and reports to a more senior Firefighter (FR group) or military position. There is no supervisory responsibility for this position. The technical subject matter knowledge for this position is gained through established occupational courses through a recognized/approved learning institution.

Additional courses for Base, Wing, or Detachment specific needs or re-certification of recognized industry certificates along with frequent refresher training are also required to maintain theoretical knowledge and practical skill levels.

Intent of the process

A pool of partially or essentially qualified candidates may be established through this process and may be used to staff identical or similar positions, in different locations, with various employment tenures (temporary and permanent), language profiles, security requirements, and conditions of employment at the Department of National Defence.

Depending on the position being staffed:
↪ Operational requirements and/or conditions of employment may be required.
↪ Asset qualifications may be invoked as essential qualifications.
↪ You may be contacted and asked to submit information or be further assessed.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


• First Aid & CPR: Valid and endorsed certification from a recognized service provider in standard/basic first aid AND “Level C” cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or higher.


Candidates shall meet ONE OR MORE of the following fire service training prerequisites:

• NFPA 1001 Level II and NFPA 470, Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass Destruction standard for Responders, Awareness and Ops level. (notes 1 and 2)


• Diploma of professional studies in fire safety intervention (Quebec)


• Pre-Fire Service Program (Ontario) AND NFPA 470 (Note 1 and 2) Hazardous Material Awareness AND Operations level certification from an accredited training provider.

Note 1: NFPA study programs shall be successfully completed at an IFSAC or Pro board accredited entity.

Note 2: HAZMAT qualifications issued in accordance with NFPA 472 or 1072 are equivalent qualifications to NFPA 470 and are therefore acceptable alternatives.

Degree equivalency

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
French essential
English essential
Bilingual: Various profiles

Information on language requirements

Theories and principles related to:
• Fire fighting
• Emergency response
• Underlying building construction
• Structural firefighting

• Demonstrates Integrity and Respect
• Thinking Things Through
• Works Effectively with Others
• Showing Initiative and Being Action-Oriented
• Communication

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


• NFPA 1031 – Fire Inspector Level I
• NFPA 1051 – Wild land Fire Fighting
• NFPA 1006 – Technical Rescue Training and Base specific specialty requirements.
• NFPA 1005 – Marine Fire Fighting Training or Damage Control Division (DCD) DND firefighter training courses
• NFPA 1003 – Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Training
• NFPA 1002 ARFF – Driver/operator ARFF vehicle training
• NFPA 1002 Aerial – Driver/operator Aerial Training.
• NFPA 1002 Pumper – Driver/operator pumper Training.
• Wild Land Firefighter Training (S-100 or other)
• EMR Training
• Valid Provincial Driver’s license meeting the requirements of driving an emergency vehicle or a truck with a gross weight or registered gross weight of more than 11,000 kg (24,000 lbs) with Air Brake Endorsement.


As a result of the relocation of a work unit at Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, the Department of National Defence is committed to providing access to other work opportunities for AETE- 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta employees. Employees of UIC 2671 – AETE- 4 Wing Cold Lake may be appointed or deployed to positions for which they are qualified ahead of other candidates.

As a result of the reduction of training activities at British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS), the Department of National Defence is committed to providing access to other work opportunities for BATUS employees. Employees of UIC 7777 – BATUS may be appointed or deployed to positions for which they are qualified ahead of other candidates.

In support of Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE) initiative #24, consideration may be given to the spouses or common-law partners of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.

The Department of National Defence is committed to providing an environment where justice, fairness and the elimination of barriers helps build a skilled, diverse, and representative workforce reflective of Canada. We welcome diversity in all its forms, promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply. Please note that preference for hiring might be first given to candidates who are members of the above-mentioned designated groups.

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women.

Information on employment equity

• Successful completion of the Federal Medical Evaluation
• Successful completion of the Firefighter Pre-Entry Fitness Evaluation (FPFE)

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance


• Must possess a valid Provincial Driver’s license.
• Provide the provincial driver record’s abstract.
• Be able to obtain and retain a DND 404 operator’s permit for the entire employment period.
• Successful completion of the Federal Medical Evaluation
• Successful completion of the Firefighter Pre-Entry Fitness Evaluation (FPFE)
• Successful completion of a practical Firefighter exam. For specific positions only.
• Be willing and able to complete the Firefighter Initial Training Program
• Be willing and able to complete and Bases or Wings specific training for all activities and services offered by the local Fire Department, depending on location.

• Be willing and able to:
o Work in confined spaces,
o Work in heights
o Manipulate, handle and transport heavy tools and equipment,
o Work in a hostile demanding environment,
o Wear encumbered protective clothing and breathing apparatus.

• Be willing and able to work atypical hours.
• Be willing and able to travel for training purposes.

*NOTE: Depending on the position being staffed, additional conditions of employment may be required.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

▶ Our organization will only accept on-line applications for this opportunity. Please click “Apply online” to submit your application. Should you have a disability or an exceptional circumstance that requires an alternative application method, please contact us for guidance.

▶ Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

▶ A variety of assessment tools may be used.

📢 Please note that a knowledge assessment (multiple choice) will take place on March 5, 2024.

In addition, further assessments tools may include application screening, interviews on Vidcruiter, reference checks, board knowledge, interactions with internal staff during the process, etc.

↪ Please note that your overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence, throughout the entire process may be used in the assessment of qualifications and competencies.

▶ Top down selection may be used during any stage of the selection process.

▶ Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
↪ Matching of the individual’s experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team;
↪ Matching of the individual’s experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed;
↪ Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience;
↪ Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications;
↪ Organizational Needs.

▶ Applicants who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid email address and make sure that this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information