Firefighter – Ottawa – 2023

NewJobIcon Firefighter - Ottawa - 2023
City of Ottawa
November 27, 2023
Ottawa, Canada
Job Type
$65,567.40 - $109,279.00 annually (2023 rates of pay)
Work Hours
Shift Work


As an integral member of the Ottawa Fire Services’ (OFS) emergency response team, Firefighters provide emergency response services in order to protect the lives, property and environment for the citizens of and visitors to the City of Ottawa.
Immediately, responds and performs all emergency scene duties, such as, but not limited to: firefighting, forcible entry, search and rescue, emergency medical aid and CPR, vehicle extrication, technical rescue operations, hazardous materials operations, and securing the emergency scene for the safety of the public and members of OFS.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions/operates under a command structure as an effective and supportive team member at all emergencies from small scale incidents to large scale disasters. Operates at height, in confined spaces, and in uncontrolled environments, including those that are immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH).

Drives/operates any apparatus/vehicles in accordance with policy and Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and operates and uses all Ottawa Fire Services equipment, such as pumps, hoses, ground ladders, aerial apparatus platforms & ladders, generators, vehicle and equipment extrication tools, etc. Completes in-station duties and tasks, including: cleaning, inspections, testing & documentation of all inventory and equipment used, returns all equipment used to a state of readiness, as well as, regular maintenance of City of Ottawa property and grounds.

On a daily basis, cleans, inspects, maintains and performs safety checks on equipment and apparatus while maintaining a clean and orderly fire station. Completes all required training and retraining as assigned within the allotted timeframe. Participates in Pre-Incident Planning in order to be familiar with the immediate response area risks as well as new or unique building challenges, transportation route familiarity and obstacles such as those routes that are under construction. Educates the public about fire prevention and fire safety practices by participating in Public Education, and Fire Prevention activities as well as conducting Community Fire Safety programs, as required.

Minimum Qualifications


Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma OSSD (Grade 12) or academic equivalent diploma.
Previous fire service or related sectors work experience would be an asset.
Skills and abilities acquired though related work such as trades, other emergency services, relevant training and educational programs would also be considered an asset.


Successful completion of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Level 1 & 2 and NFPA 1072 or 472 Operations level (proof of International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (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).
Possession of a current and valid:
A valid Canadian Red Cross First Responder BLS certificate; or,
A valid Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder BLS certifications; or,
St. John Ambulance Medical First Responder BLS certificate; or,
St. John Ambulance Advanced Medical First Responder BLS certificate; or,
Are a current Ottawa Fire Service Volunteer Firefighter.


  • Must understand and follow the Chain of Command at all times.
  • Must be fit and able to handle the sustained, intense physical, emotional, and mental effort required to perform duties of this position.
  • Willingness and ability to work in extremely challenging, adverse, and dangerous conditions and situations.
  • Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions.
  • Problem solving/analytical skills.
  • Mechanical aptitude and skills to operate and troubleshoot equipment and assess emergency situations.
  • Customer service skills to assist all members of the public, Ottawa 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 and positively interact within a diverse work environment.
  • Take initiative and able to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer and technology skills for report completion and development, training, as well as technology use during emergencies.
  • 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; (E.g., trucks, tractor trailers, buses.)
  • Maintains a high standard of professionalism, integrity, reliability, and credibility.
  • Properly wears & uses issued uniform(s), supplied personal protective equipment and safety systems, including Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, when necessary or directed.
  • Must be able to 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.
  • Knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers.


  • Language Requirement: English oral, reading, writing required. (Proof of competency may be required)
  • Police Record Check: The successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check with the Police Services detachment in their jurisdiction to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction. Police record checks completed by a third-party company will not be accepted.
  • Driver’s License Requirement: A valid Ontario unrestricted "D" class driver’s license with a "Z" air brake endorsement (or provincial equivalent) with no more than three (3) demerit points accumulated.
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available.

Additional Information

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from members of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women and non-binary persons, persons of all ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, classes, gender identities and expressions.
Candidates are encouraged to self-identify as a member of one or more designated employment equity groups in the self-identification questionnaire.

The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.

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