Career Firefighter – Ottawa – 2021

City of Ottawa
December 6, 2021
Ottawa, Canada
Job Type
January 3, 2022
As per collective agreement
Work Hours
Shift Work


Ottawa Fire Services is committed to recruiting qualified individuals with a diverse set of skills, knowledge, experience, and backgrounds. To ensure that you are properly prepared, please review the minimum qualifications.

Please note: Prior career firefighter recruitment processes included a ranked list that was used for two years, this process is no longer in use. Application processes will now be posted as needed to fulfill staffing level requirements. Each application process is treated separately.


***Ottawa will be accepting applications starting December 13, 2021.***

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible to meet all the job performance requirements from the NFPA 1001 Lev I & II Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications and more.
  • Responsible for all fire suppression duties necessary to save life and property. Combat, extinguish and/or prevent fires by rapidly and efficiently performing varied duties as required under emergency conditions (frequently involving considerable hazard).
  • Provide emergency medical response and aid; perform rescue/extrication operations where necessary to prevent loss of life or further injury from any cause.
  • Provide service assistance with respect to, but not restricted to the following: police, paramedics, other public agencies and the public.
  • Responsible for maintenance of facilities and firefighting and rescue equipment.
  • Responsible for upgrading to current standards and maintaining skills/knowledge and physical requirements of the profession.
  • Perform duties in fire prevention, public education and communications as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  • Obtained their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) or academic equivalent diploma.
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Successful completion of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Level 1 & 2 and NFPA 1072 or 472 Operations level (proof of IFSAC or Pro Board seal). A Letter of Compliance with NFPA Standards from the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office (Grandfathering) will be accepted in lieu of Seals.
  • Successful completion of the OFAI Stage 1 Firefighter Aptitude and Character Test only (as verified by possession of a current and valid CTS Certificate). Please visit OFAI’s website to view the list of available dates to complete the test in Ottawa or Mississauga.
  • Possess a valid Ontario Class “D” license with a “Z” air brake endorsement with no more than six (6) demerit points accumulated, or provincial and/or territorial equivalent.
  • Possession of a current and valid:
    • Red Cross First Responder BLS certificate; or,
    • Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder BLS certificate; or,
    • Are a current Ottawa Fire Service Volunteer Firefighter.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Successfully complete the Candidate Physical Abilities Testing (CPAT)
  • Meet the medical standards of the National Fire Protection Association 1582 : Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments (NFPA 1582). Ottawa Fire Services has adopted the NFPA 1582 as a medical requirement in the evaluation of a candidate. A candidate with a Category A and/or Category B medical condition, as outlined in the NFPA 1582 document, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The examining physician will determine the candidate’s medical eligibility based on a review of all relevant medical information.
  • Meet the City of Ottawa’s Mandatory Vaccine Policy for Employees and vaccines identified in NFPA 1582.
  • Provide a criminal record check (Level 3 - Vulnerable Sector Check).

Additional Information

To be a successful firefighter you must possess

  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong physical, mental and emotional health
  • The ability to exercise sound judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Strong sense of responsibility and motivation to the service, team and public
  • Compassion to those in need
  • The strong ability to work and live as team member
  • Respectful and inclusive of all
  • Honesty and integrity
  • A strong work ethic
  • Physical fitness and be able to perform sustained and intense physical effort
  • The ability to work at heights and in confined spaces

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