Firefighter – Niagara Falls – 2023
This is a skilled position entailing firefighting, rescue and other related emergency services. A firefighter participates in programs for the prevention of fires and the saving of life and property. A firefighter is responsible for rapidly, efficiently and safely performing various duties under emergency conditions frequently involving considerable hazard. The work includes routine duties in the maintenance of firefighting vehicles, equipment and fire department facilities. While specific orders and directions are received from an officer in the normal course of maintenance duties and firefighting, considerable independence of judgment and action is allowed in circumstances of extreme urgency where referral to a superior for instructions is not possible. A Fire Fighter is required to have a thorough working knowledge of all emergency equipment including emergency apparatus.
- Be legally entitled to work in Canada
- A High School Diploma or equivalent
- Valid Class “D” Ontario Driver’s Licence with “Z” Endorsement or equivalent
- Original Driver's Abstract required (Issued after January 1, 2023 will be accepted)
- Original Criminal Record Check required (Issued after January 1, 2023 will be accepted)
- Current Standard First Aid and CPR (HCP - Health Care Professional) Certificates
- NFPA 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualification Firefighter Level 1 & Firefighter Level 2 Certification
- Successfully complete, in one day, the Aptitude Test (CPS), Clinical Assessment, Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), Acrophobia Test and Fifteen (15) minute Tread Water Test, as provided by Firefighter Services of Ontario.
- Complete the Emotional Stability and Resiliency Assessment by the deadline provided by Firefighter Services of Ontario
- Be willing to meet all employment conditions as required by the City of Niagara Falls
- Post-Secondary Fire Services and Medical education.
- Sound knowledge, gained through either formal training and/or practical experience, of firefighting principles, practices and equipment.
- Sound knowledge of the principles, techniques and practices of, and materials used in, building construction.
- Familiarity with equipment and apparatus related to firefighting such as hydraulic equipment, pumps, self-contained breathing apparatus, communications equipment etc.
- Strong leadership and administrative skills, superior interpersonal skills, and the ability to work cooperatively as a member of an effective and professional team.
Promotional Process / Career Advancement
The City of Niagara Falls Fire Department offers many opportunities for promotion and advancement. It takes four (4) years to advance from probationary firefighter to first class firefighter. Through the Collective Agreement between the City and the Niagara Falls Professional Firefighters Association, there are opportunities for applicants to attain a rank above first class firefighter and/or apply for positions in either the Fire Prevention Division or the Training Division.
Professional firefighters applying to the City of Niagara Falls, if successful during the recruitment process, will be required to start at the probationary fire fighter level and salary.
Recruitment and Selection Process
Applicants must pass through all stages of the recruitment process. Those who fail to meet the required standards at any phase will be automatically disqualified.
STAGE 1: PICK UP INFORMATION
The Application Form and Firefighter Recruitment Guide can be accessed on the City’s web site www.niagarafalls.ca under the Careers and Employment menu and by selecting Employment Opportunities starting January 16, 2023
STAGE 2: FIREFIGHTER SERVICES OF ONTARIO SCREENING
To complete the Firefighter Services of Ontario screening, you must register online at https://register.fireontario.com by 4:00 p.m. on February 3, 2023. All test components must be completed in one day. Test dates will be arranged by Fire Ontario and completed by March 24, 2023.
Applicants who successfully completed all five tests in one day (Clinical, CPAT, Acrophobia, Tread Water and Aptitude), between March 24, 2022 – September 24, 2022, would be required to successfully complete the Clinical Assessment. Emotional Stability and Resiliency results will be accepted from applicants who completed this assessment on or after March 24, 2022. Please contact [email protected] to confirm your eligibility.
Transportation costs and the Firefighter Services of Ontario assessment fee will be the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants can review the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) orientation video on the Firefighter Services web site www.fireontario.com or for a fee you can sign up for an orientation session. To sign up for a CPAT orientation session or to purchase a CPS Aptitude Examination Preparation Manual please email [email protected]. Further information regarding the Fire Fighter Screening Service can be found at www.fireontario.com .