Firefighters using hose on fire

Candidates must meet and exceed the qualification minimums to be competitive. The following list was compiled from the most recent 30 municipal job postings found as of 2022-05-31.

Typical minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Must not have a criminal record unless a pardon has been granted under the Criminal Record Act of Canada
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (must be either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to understand and communicate clearly in verbal and written English
  • Must have completed a minimum of grade 12 or equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Education
  • NFPA 1001-Fire Fighter I and II certified, education and training program from an accredited institution.
  • Possess NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
  • Possess a current First Responder or EMR Certificate with HCP-level CPR and AED + BLS
  • Possess a valid and unrestricted Ontario class “D” driver’s license with a “Z” air brake endorsement (or provincial equivalent) and a driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behavior. Applicants with 3 or more demerit points are ineligible for consideration.
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Current clear Criminal Record Search, Vulnerable Sector Screening from an accredited Police Service
  • Proof of immunization of Red Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Tetanus/Diphtheria (within the last 10-12 years), Hepatitis B, and COVID-19 (fully vaccinated with booster preferred)
  • Locations in Ontario require all candidate testing completed, such as OFAI or Ontario Fire Services for example.

Typical preferred qualifications and experiences:

  • Applicants with previous part-time or full-time firefighter experience will be given first consideration.
  • Firefighter Pre-Service Education & Training Program
  • Community College diploma in Fire Protection Engineering Technician/Technology Program.
  • University/College Degree, Diploma or Certificate
  • NFPA 1041 Level I Fire Service Instructor
  • NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector
  • NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Instructor
  • NFPA 1002, Driver Operator Certification
  • Specialized rescue courses are an asset.
    • The entire suite of 1006 trained to the technician level if possible: Ice Water Rescue, Surface Water Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, High Angle Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Auto Extrication, Tower Rescue.
  • Trades Qualification(s)
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) Training
  • Previous experience in Fire suppression, construction, trades, mechanical, emergency services (e.g. Paramedic), Military/Coast Guard, fire prevention, large vehicle operation, and/or operating heavy equipment.
  • Coaching/Teaching/Counselling/Recreation Leadership
  • Fluency in a second language or sign language
  • Occupational Health and Safety Training
  • Climbing Skills – Mountain/Rope
  • Medical, Ski Patrol or Other Professional Emergency Service Certification
  • Commitment to volunteer and/or community involvement, month and year-long commitments preferred. Day and week-long commitments are less desirable examples.