Step 1: Career Information Sessions
Career Information Sessions provide candidates with an opportunity to learn more about Toronto Fire Services and the Operations Firefighter recruitment and selection process. The sessions are delivered by our recruiters at various community locations across the City of Toronto. Families are welcome to attend these free sessions.
While attendance at a Career Information Session is optional, we encourage candidates to attend at least one session to get more information, have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the recruiters. A candidateís readiness to apply and compete for the Operations Firefighter position should include a thorough understanding of the job and responsibilities. Candidates should be familiar with the Steps of the recruitment and selection process including the eligibility criteria. It is the candidate’s responsibility to satisfy all application requirements, meet deadlines and provide required documentation.
For information about the dates, times and locations of the Career Information Sessions visit our webpage calendar at www.toronto.ca/fire/recruitment/calendar.htm
2: Application Form
The City of Toronto has established an online application process for all employment opportunities including the Toronto Fire Services Operations Firefighter position. Applications must be completed and submitted online.
The Operations Firefighter application form is only available for the duration of the job posting. To stay informed of any planned hiring campaigns and/or job postings, candidates are advised to refer regularly to the Toronto Fire Services recruitment website at www.toronto.ca/fire/recruitment.
Candidates may be asked to provide the originals of any/all credentials referred to in their application at any time, which may or may not include the time of written aptitude testing and/or conditional job offer.
All credentials must be valid and current as of the application deadline date. Failure to provide original proof of credentials when requested will result in disqualification from the selection process.
Completing the Online Application
Candidates will select a unique User ID and secure access password to complete the online application. To assist us in maintaining a secure database, candidates are reminded not to share their User ID or secure access password with others. The candidate should be the sole person accessing the database to manage the online application.
Candidates must complete and submit the application form during the active hiring period. An active email address must be provided on the completed application.
Only the person whose name appears on the application form will be permitted to write the Written Aptitude Test (photo identification will be required). Only those applicants who are selected to attend the Written Aptitude Test will be contacted.
3: Written Aptitude Test
The Written Aptitude Test is designed to assess various aptitudes of the entry level firefighter. Candidates do not require previous firefighting education or experience to write the test.
Candidates will be advised of their test date, time and location via their e-mail address.
The test uses a multiple-choice format to assess candidatesí skills in the following areas:
- Memory and Understanding of Oral Information
- Understanding of Written firefighting Material
- Mathematics / Arithmetic / Arithmetic Reasoning
- Mechanical Aptitude
- Interpersonal Relations
Candidates must achieve a minimum score of 70% in each of the five test categories identified above, as well as achieving a minimum overall test score of 70% before being invited to continue in the Toronto Fire Fighter Applicant Selection process.
Candidates will be charged a non-refundable administration fee, payable at the time of testing, to write the test. Only cash, money order or certified cheque (payable to Treasurer, City of Toronto) will be accepted.
To be admitted to the test, candidates must identify themselves using government issued photo identification showing a current likeness (driverís licence, passport, or military ID).
Candidates attending the Written Aptitude Test will be required to present the original, as well as a photocopy of the following qualifications (all documents must have been valid and current as of the application deadline date):
- Standard First Aid (maintained current within 12 months)
- Healthcare Provider (HCP) CPR (maintained current within 12 months)
- Ontario Class AZ, BZ, CZ or DZ Driverís License (or approved equivalent)
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma or transcript (or approved equivalent)
Original documents will be returned on the test day.
Testing will take approximately two and one-half (2.5) hours to complete.
Late arrivals will not be permitted to write the test.
Candidates who write the aptitude test will be required to demonstrate a minimum level of competence in each of the aptitudes assessed as well as achieve a minimum overall aggregate test score to proceed to the application review stage.
Candidates may write the test only once during any Operations Firefighter recruitment campaign. All candidates who write the aptitude test will be advised of their status.
To assist in preparing for the Written Aptitude Test, there are firefighter exam study guides available online, in libraries and bookstores. These guides can help candidates to review the types of questions that might be expected on the Written Aptitude Test. While preparing for the test, please remember that our test uses metric units. Calculators and other aids are not permitted during the writing of the test.
4: General Firefighter Knowledge Written Examination Process
This test is administered for candidates who successfully meet the required standards of the Written Aptitude Test and who have successfully completed one or more of the following enhanced qualifications:
- OFM/OAFC Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program Certificate
- NFPA-1001: Firefighter I & II Certification
- Ontario Firefighter Certification (OFM)
- Full-time structural firefighter experience
Applicants from one of the above four categories will be required to participate in a General Firefighter Knowledge Written Examination process, based on information from the following reference textbooks: "Firefighterís Handbook", Delmar, 2nd Edition; "Essentials of Fire Fighting", IFSTA, 4th or 5th Edition; ďThe Fundamentals of Fire Fighter SkillsĒ, Jones and Bartlett, 2nd Edition.
This test will be scheduled at a date, location and time convenient to Toronto Fire Services, and will be communicated to candidates by Human Resources. Candidates who successfully achieve the required standard of the test (70% minimum) will be placed in the enhanced stream of the hiring pool.
What happens to candidates who fail the General Firefighter Knowledge Written Examination?
Candidates who have been identified as being in possession of one or more of the enhanced qualifications, but who do not achieve the required standard of the General Firefighter Knowledge Written Examination, will not be placed in the enhanced stream but will be placed in the general stream of the hiring pool.
5: Application Review
Candidates who successfully achieve the required standards at the Written Aptitude Test will have their applications reviewed to verify their placement into the candidate hiring pool.
6: Hiring Pool
Candidates who successfully meet the required standards of the Written Aptitude Test and who successfully meet the screening criteria of the application will be placed in a hiring pool.
The hiring pool is divided into two (2) streams: general and enhanced. Candidates who possess one of the enhanced criteria and successfully complete the General Firefighter Knowledge Written Examination (70% minimum) will be placed in the enhanced stream of the hiring pool. All others will remain in the general stream of the hiring pool.
The hiring pool will remain in effect until it is exhausted or until the specified period of time, whichever comes first (refer to current posted timelines). Candidates in the hiring pool are eligible to attend an interview as set out in Step 7 of the recruitment and selection process.
When TFS determines the need to hire a class, candidates from the hiring pool will be invited to attend an interview to further assess their qualifications and suitability for a career with Toronto Fire Services at a time and location to be determined by Toronto Fire Services and communicated to candidates by Human Resources.
At the interview, candidates will again be required to identify themselves using photo identification showing a current likeness (driverís licence, passport, or military ID).
The interview is a panel format conducted by staff from Toronto Fire Services. Staff from the City of Toronto Human Resources may also attend and/or participate in the panel interview. All candidates who attend an interview will be advised of the results.
Step 8: Conditional Job Offer
When Toronto Fire Services has sufficient vacancies to warrant a recruit class, Conditional Job Offers will be made to those candidates successful in the interview process. Human Resources will periodically update all candidates with information regarding hiring expectations.
At the time of Conditional Job Offer, candidates will be required to meet the criteria defined in the Eligibility Criteria and Qualifications section of this document. This includes but is not limited to meeting medical standards and providing: three (3) employment references, originals of all application credentials, proof of successful completion of Firefighter Screening fitness standards, and an Ontario 5-Year Statement of Driving Record (Restricted). Candidates who provided an equivalent driver's licence at the time of application must also provide an original driving record from their issuing jurisdiction.
Those candidates who have not, within the past six (6) months, successfully completed the Firefighter Screening Services fitness standards (Clinical Test, CPAT, Medical Exam, and Acrophobia Test) will be advised to contact the testing facility for specific dates and times to attend testing.
Candidates will be required to attend a medical examination with the Chief Medical Officer for Toronto Fire Services and successfully meet the standards required for Toronto Fire Services Operations Firefighters. The medical examination includes, but is not limited to:
- a comprehensive review of past and present medical history
- an electrocardiogram, blood work, urinalysis and chest x-ray
- a physical examination related to Firefighter duties
- a test of eyesight and colour vision (candidates must possess the prescribed visual requirements of 20/30 uncorrected vision in each eye and colour vision that is safe for firefighting)
Candidates who provided an equivalent driver's licence at the time of application are required to provide Human Resources with a valid Ontario unrestricted Class A, B, C or D Driver’s Licence with Z air brake endorsement prior to attending the medical assessment.