The fire service in Ontario offers a variety of career opportunities with unlimited potential for personal challenge and growth.
Most cities and towns throughout Ontario have personnel departments responsible for the recruitment and selection of firefighters for the municipal fire service. However, the fire service may hire directly without the benefit of a municipal personnel department. Although the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario does not recruit firefighters, we offer you some tips and general information that you may find useful in pursuing a career as a firefighter. The fire service in Ontario utilizes volunteer or part-time firefighters, and recruits firefighters on a regular basis.
Our organization has no involvement in determining the hiring criteria for individual fire departments but rather each municipality sets their own hiring criteria as determined by them alone. To answer specific questions please contact your local fire department and/or the municipality you wish to work for.
Although qualifications may vary, a hiring municipality or fire service may require that you:
In addition you may be given aptitude tests designed to measure your:
There are numerous candidates applying for firefighter positions with the full-time service throughout Ontario. As a result, candidates possessing qualifications including theory and basic firefighting skills have a better chance of being successful in the hiring process.
In order to provide this educational opportunity to potential candidates, several community colleges throughout the province have been endorsed to deliver the Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training Program.
This program was developed through a partnership with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC,) the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM,) the fire service and the community colleges.
This partnership provides an opportunity for the OAFC and the OFM to form dynamic collaborative agreements with the fire service and community colleges to best meet the needs of the fire service and the future firefighter. While completion of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training Program does not guarantee employment, it certainly provides a more qualified pool of candidates for selection.
The Pre-Service graduate:
The Pre-Service graduate receives:
The Pre-Service graduate is also eligible, upon successful completion of the course and upon being hired by a fire service in Ontario, to apply for and receive the Ontario Fire College “Firefighter Certificate of Achievement.”
All community colleges offering this program must provide a mandatory orientation/information session for prospective students. This session would cover valuable information for prospective students, such as:
Overview of Pre-Service Program