Firefighter – Halifax – 2023

NewJobIcon Firefighter - Halifax - 2023
May 31, 2023
Halifax, Canada
Job Type
July 2, 2023
As per collective agreement
Work Hours
Shift work


Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) is committed to being the best Fire & Emergency service and reflective of the diverse communities we serve. The recruitment and selection process includes; aptitude testing, physical abilities testing, background screening and a panel interview. The skills, abilities and competencies measured through each of these phases are in alignment with the requirements for the position of firefighter. Candidates must demonstrate competence and proficiency at each stage in order to advance.

The Halifax Regional Municipality strives to create a diverse and inclusive work environment. Its goal of a strong and diverse workforce that accurately represents the communities it serves will capitalize on the strength and talent of those communities. As such, we encourage applications from African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

A career as a Firefighter is both challenging and rewarding, offering individuals the opportunity to serve their community while working as a member of a highly skilled professional team.  HRFE is dedicated to enhancing and preserving the quality of life, property and environment, through leadership, partnership and effective response to emergencies.

Under the direction of the Station Officer, the Firefighter is responsible for firefighting, rescue, emergency medical, and other related services. The Firefighter also participates in fire prevention and public safety education programs and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responds to emergencies including but not limited to; fires, rescues, public assistance, emergency medical and spills or leaks of hazardous materials.
  • Drives and operates firefighting and emergency equipment as assigned.
  • Conducts fire prevention inspections and public education programs and activities as assigned.
  • Completes and submits various reports and records as required.
  • Attends on-duty training sessions and off-site training courses as necessary.
  • Maintains equipment in accordance with organizational policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for workplace safety as outlined in the NS Occupational Health & Safety Act and organizational policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Responsible for other duties assigned as appropriate to the function and responsibilities of the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Grade 12 education or equivalent - a copy must be included in your application. (A High School transcript can only be accepted if it clearly states a graduation date or certifies by stamp or signature that you are a graduate.)
  • Nova Scotia Class 5 Driver’s License (or equivalent from another province) with a safe and responsible driving record.
  • Candidates must complete security/background screening which includes a review of a criminal record check, a vulnerable sector check, a child abuse registry check and a driver's abstract. It also includes an integrity interview.*
  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Successful candidates must be able to communicate effectively in English. These skills will be assessed as you move through the competition. Further assessment of language proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

 Please check out any of the following information sessions:

May 31 - Station 58, 26 Myra Road, Timberlea
June 1 - Sheet Harbour Public Library, 22756 Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour
June 7 - Ummah Masjid Mosque, 2510 St. Matthias Street, Halifax
June 8 - Teams Virtual Session

Sessions are taking place from 7pm to 9pm.

Weekly updates will be provided on additional information sessions.