Important Notice

Please note that if you are applying for the Operations Firefighter position and are successful, you will be required to successfully complete not only the Operations Firefighter Recruit Training Program but also Fire Prevention Training, which includes NFPA Level 1031 Level 1 and 1035 Level 1, as a condition of employment.

Should you be selected for the position of Operations Firefighter, we encourage you to review the Review Materials tab in order to prepare for the Fire Prevention Training portion of the recruit training.

General Information

If you are committed to helping people, enjoy working in a team environment, enjoy lifelong learning and are physically fit, you may be an ideal candidate for a career as an Operations Firefighter with Toronto Fire Services.

What it’s like:

  • You’ll have both a challenging and rewarding career
  • You’ll be expected to maintain a high standard of professionalism, solve problems, work as part of a dynamic team and possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • You’ll work an assigned shifts averaging 42 hours per week over a four week period, including weekends and holidays
  • You’ll be physically fit to handle the sustained, intense, physical effort often required to perform these duties
  • You’ll be required to work at heights, inside confined spaces and to wear and use supplied safety equipment
  • You’ll live and work in close quarters will your colleagues throughout your shifts. This means all team members are responsible for station housekeeping and depend on each other to perform their duties successfully whether sharing routine tasks at the fire station, providing services at an emergency scene, or providing service assistance to other emergency agencies and/or the public
  • You’ll be a member of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, Local 3888, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and will be subject to the provisions and requirements of the collective agreement

Reporting to the apparatus Captain, the responsibilities for this position include the following:

Emergency Duties

  • Immediately responds in a timely fashion and deals with fire, medical, rescue and other emergency and non-emergency related calls as required.
  • Performs all emergency scene duties assigned such as but not limited to, firefighting, forcible entry, search and rescue, carrying hoses, climbing ladders, hooking hoses up to hydrants, breaking through walls and ceilings, protecting those in danger due to a fire, overhaul, technical rescues, emergency medical treatment and CPR hazardous materials scene support, property conservation, environmental conservation, and secures emergency scene for the safety of the public and other Firefighters.
  • Drives/operates any apparatus/vehicles in accordance with policy and Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
  • Operates all equipment utilized by TFS such as pumps, hoses, manual ladders, mechanical ladder, generators, automobile extrication equipment, etc.
  • Conducts inspections and helps ensure an emergency scene is in compliance with fire/life safety guidelines, prior to leaving the scene.
  • After returning from emergency scene cleans, inspects, and accounts for all equipment used and returns all equipment used to a state of readiness.
  • A team player who works effectively with their crew and with other first responders, such as police and paramedics, maintaining a high standard of professionalism.

Non–Emergency Duties

  • Cleans, inspects and maintains equipment and apparatus on a daily basis.
  • Conducts full maintenance/safety check of vehicles and equipment.
  • Performs routine preventative maintenance tasks to equipment and apparatus.
  • Keeps fire station, equipment, quarters and grounds clean and orderly on a daily basis.
  • Completes all required training and retraining as assigned within the prescribed time periods indicated.
  • Participates in preplanning to familiarize themselves with immediate response area and new or unusual buildings in the station’s district, and with streets and roads under construction.
  • Educates the public about fire prevention and fire safety practices.
  • Participates in Pre-Incident Fire Planning as required.
  • Conducts fire safety inspections as required.

General Responsibilities

  • Must understand and follow the Chain of Command at all times.
  • Must be in compliance with uniform SOGs well-groomed, professional and presentable to the public.
  • Must be, at all times, psychologically and physically prepared to respond to emergencies of any kind.
  • Must be able to work at heights or in a confined space as required.
  • Wears supplied safety equipment and uniforms.
  • Must be accepting of others differences and able to live and work with other firefighters in close quarters throughout shifts, where firefighters depend and trust each other to perform their duties successfully whether it be sharing routine tasks at the fire station, or providing services at an emergency scene.
  • Performs all work duties and activities in a safe and effective manner in accordance with City and TFS policies and procedures.
  • Must be able to follow direction of a senior officer.

In addition to the above duties the successful candidates are required to:

  • Continually maintain a high standard of professionalism, integrity, reliability and credibility, which are fundamental requirements for this position.
  • Function as an integral member of the City of Toronto workforce to support corporate vision and mission statements.
  • Function as an integral member of the Toronto Fire Service workforce to deliver and support Division specific vision and mission statements.
  • Function as an integral member of the Toronto Fire Service emergency response team to deliver and support Division specific goals of emergency response and preparedness.

Minimum Qualifications

• 18 years of age or older.
• Legally entitled to work in Canada.
• Must possess valid Ontario Driver’s Licence with DZ or equivalent.
• Successful completion of all stages (1-3) of the OAFI Candidate Testing Services (as verified by possession of CTS Certificate) prior to the date of application submission.
• Successful completion of the NFPA 1001 Level 1 & 2
plus NFPA 472 from a recognized post-secondary institution prior to the date of application submission.
• Possession of a current and valid minimum level CPR HCP Certificate issued prior to the date of application submission.
• Possession of a current and valid minimum level Standard First Aid Certificate, issued by a WSIB approved First Aid Trainer prior to the date of application submission.
• Must work on a 24 hour shift schedule that involves working weekends and holidays, where you will work an assigned shift averaging 42 hours per week over a four week period.
• Must be fit and able to handle the sustained, intense physical and psychological effort required to perform duties of this position.
• Willingness and ability to work in extremely adverse and dangerous situations.
• Mechanical aptitude.
• Must be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations that apply to this work.
• Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions.
• Oral and written communication skills.
• Report writing ability.
• Problem solving/analytical skills.
• Interpersonal/Interaction skills when dealing with the public, Fire Services staff and all other levels of City personnel.
• Ability to effectively prioritize tasks/demands, as appropriate.
• Ability to work within a team environment.
• Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
• Initiative.
• Ability to work and positively interact within a diverse work environment.
• Community service involvement.
• Customer service skills.

Assets

• Commitment to volunteerism and community involvement as demonstrated by experience volunteering in social/civil/community events and initiatives, non-profit organizations, counselling, crisis intervention
• Commitment to personal and professional development and in continuing training and education through ongoing learning
• Training and Experience operating heavy vehicles (for example: trucks, tractor trailers, buses)
• Multilingual skills preferred

Assessment of Candidates

May include the pre-screening of candidates, resume reviews, interviews, presentations, tests or exercises, which may be in addition to any listed in this document or in the job posting.

Additional Requirements

Prior to being hired, the successful candidate will be required to participate in the following:

Medical Clearance
(a) Participate in a comprehensive medical examination, and
(b) Receive medical clearance by TFS Chief Medical Officer.

Employee Reference Check Clearance
(a) Provide at least three employment references, and
(b) Receive employment reference clearance from TFS.

Criminal Reference Check Clearance
(a)Provide a criminal record check from their local Police Service, and
(b) Receive criminal reference check clearance from TFS.

Following submission of applications, the selection process outlined below will be applied to determine selection and hire of successful applicants.

Stage 1: Screening of Applications

• Applications are screened to determine which applicants are to be considered for an interview.
• Given the high volume of applications that are typically received by Toronto Fire Services for its entry level positions, the screening of applications will based on the minimum and asset qualifications of the posted position.
• Applicants whose qualifications and experience more closely match the minimum and asset qualifications of the position will proceed to stage 2

Stage 2: Verification of Required Documents for Applicants Being Considered for an Interview

• Applicants who proceed to stage 2 are being considered for an interview and will be contacted for the purposes of verifying their required documents.
• Applicants will only be contacted via the email address they have listed on their on-line application form.;
• Upon being contacted, applicants must submit all required documents to confirm their eligibility to participate in the interview. Applicants will be required to submit e-copies of all original documents. We recommend PDF formats for the submission of documents.
• If an applicant’s documents are not received on time or are not valid, they will not proceed to the interview stage and they shall cease to be considered for the position to which they applied.
• Applicants who successfully complete stage 2 will proceed to stage 3.

Stage 3: Participation in Tests, Exercises and Presentation

• Applicants may be required to participate in, and pass tests, exercises and/or delivery of presentations, depending on the requirements of the position, as determined by Toronto Fire Services.
• Such participation in tests, exercises and/or presentations, may occur prior to or after the interview.
• Applicants who fail to pass any of the required tests, exercises or presentations that are pre-requisites for an interview shall not proceed to the interview stage and they shall cease to be considered for the position to which they applied.
• Applicants who successfully complete stage 3 will proceed to stage 4.

Stage 4: Panel Interview

Applicants who successfully complete stages 1, 2 and 3 will be invited to participate in a panel interview to further assess their skills, abilities, traits and competencies for the position that they are applying to.
• Applicants will also be required to complete a declaration form advising as to whether they know any of the members of the interview panel, prior to the commencement of the panel interview.
• (Note: Having a relative working for Toronto Fire Services does not disqualify an applicant from the recruitment process. However, in accordance with Toronto Fire Service policy, restrictions may exist with respect to where the applicant can be assigned or placed within Toronto Fire Services, should they be offered employment.)
• Following completion of the panel interview process, the most qualified applicants will be selected for conditional job offer with Toronto Fire Services. Only those applicants who are selected for conditional job offer will proceed to Stage 5.
• At the panel interview, applicants will be required to identify themselves using government issued photo identification (driver’s licence, passport, or military ID).

Stage 5: Post Interview Clearance

Applicants who are selected for a conditional job offer must receive clearance by Toronto Fire Services with respect to the following:
• Medical Clearance: ◦To receive medical clearance applicants must participate in a comprehensive medical examination conducted by the Chief Medical Officer for Toronto Fire Services and receive medical clearance by same.

• Criminal Record Check Clearance:
◦To receive criminal record check clearance, applicants must provide an original Criminal Record Check document, obtained from your local Police Service, and receive criminal record check clearance from Toronto Fire Services.

• Employment Reference Check Clearance:
◦To receive employment reference check clearance, applicants must provide three (3) employment references from previous supervisors and receive employment reference clearance from Toronto Fire Services.

• Ontario Driver’s Licence
◦Provide proof of a valid and current Ontario Driver’s Licence appropriate to the position, for which the applicant applied.

• At this stage applicants will also be required to complete a declaration form advising as to whether the applicant has any relatives employed by Toronto Fire Services.

Applicants who successfully complete stage 5 will proceed to stage 6.

Stage 6: Firm Job Offer Extended

• Applicants who have successfully completed stages 1 – 5 will be extended a firm written job offer.

Stage 7: Firm Job Offer Accepted

• Successful applicants accept and return the signed job offer to the City.

Important Information for Applicants

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workplace culture with a workforce that is representative of the population it serves. Applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and visible minority group members are encouraged.

The City of Toronto strives to be a model of public service excellence and is looking for people who share our values. Find out more about the Toronto Public Service.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities is available upon request. If you encounter a problem registering or applying on line, please call 416-392-8665 (accessibility issues only) or email jobshelp@toronto.ca for assistance.

  • Stay informed of any planned hiring or application periods, by regularly checking this page.
  • Carefully review all the recruitment information as it contains all the steps and stages of the recruitment and selection process that applicants will be required to follow.
  • Applicants may be asked to provide the originals of any/all credentials referred to in their application at any time through the selection process, therefore it is advisable to ensure all certificates and required documents are readily available. If you cannot produce documents when required, you will not continue in the selection process.
  • 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.
  • Should an applicant be successful in the selection process, they will be asked to submit a Criminal Records Check, which must be cleared by Toronto Fire Services before any firm offer of employment is extended to the applicant.
    • Getting a Criminal Records Check document from your local police department may take some time. You can start this process sooner but doing so is completely voluntary.
    • You may want to get a medical consult from your own physician beforehand but doing so is completely voluntary.Successful applicants will be required to participate in a comprehensive medical examination.

Suggested Reading Material to Prepare for Fire Prevention Recruit Training

Hazardous Material NFPA 1072 (Formally NFPA 472)

Legislation 101
• Ontario Human Rights Code – Part I and II
• Occupational Health & Safety Act – Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X
• Highway Traffic Act – Parts I, VI, IX, X
• Municipal Law – Part I
• Provincial Offenses Act Part I, II and IV
• Fire Services Associations & Corporate Agencies Guidance for improving Health and Safety in the Fire Services:
o Enforcement of fire fighters guidance notes
o Fire Fighters guidance notes 1-2, 2-1, 3-3, 4-6, 5-1, 6-13, 6-26, 7-4

All Acts listed above found here.

Court Room Procedures
• Provincial Offenses Act Part I & III
• The Fire Protection and Prevention Act 1997 (within the 2015 Ontario Fire Code Compendium)
OFM – TG 01 -2012

Part 2 and Part 6
• 2015 Ontario Fire Code Compendium Division B Part 2 (pages 113 – 134) Division B part 6 (pages 247 – 269)
• 2012 Ontario Building Code Compendium Division B Part 3 sections 3.2 to 3.4 (pages 39 -157)

Above information found here.

Part 9 Retrofit
• 2015 Ontario Fire Code Compendium Division B Part 9

NFPA 1031 Level I
• NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner, 2014 Edition Chapter 4 regarding Fire Inspector I pages 8 -10
• IFSTA Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement 8th edition. Refer to sections within chapters covering Fire Inspector I material as outlined in the Table of Contents
• The Fire Protection and Prevention Act 1997 (within the 2015 Ontario Fire Code Compendium) part VI Inspections pages 19 -25
• 2015 Ontario Fire Code Compendium Division B Part 2 (pages 113 – 134) Division B part 6 (pages 247 – 269)
• 2012 Ontario Building Code Compendium Division B Part 3 sections 3.2 to 3.4 (pages 39 -157)

Please note, above reading material will be provided prior to the start of Fire Prevention recruit training.

NFPA 1035 Level I
• NFPA 1035, Standard for the Professional Qualifications for Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer and Juvenile Fire setter Intervention Specialist, 2010 edition
• IFSTA Fire and Life Safety Educator 3rd edition. Refer to sections within chapters covering Fire and Life Safety Educator (FLSE) level I material as outlined in the Table of Contents

Please note, above reading material will be provided prior to the start of Fire Prevention recruit training.