Probationary Firefighter – Kingston – 2023
The City of Kingston recognizes the importance of building an exemplary municipal service reflective of its residents, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drive a high standard of service and innovation. The city supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, 2SLGBTQ+ and newcomers to Canada. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in the application process.
(up to 20) positions in anticipation of upcoming retirements and additional upstaffing for 2023/2024.
The Probationary Firefighter Recruitment and Selection Guide will outline the tentative recruitment and selection process. The link for the recruitment guide is attached. Eligibility for this competition including short-listing will be based on information provided in your online application. You must demonstrate how your qualifications, training and experience relate to this position. We thank all who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted electronically. Remember to check your e-mail and junk folder regularly.
Duties and Responsibilities
Firefighters will be responsible for all fire suppression activities that are necessary to save life and property.
Immediately respond to fire, medical, rescue and other emergency and non-emergency related calls as required.
Combat, extinguish and/or prevent fires by rapidly and efficiently performing these varied duties as required under emergency conditions, frequently involving considerable hazards.
Provide emergency medical response and aid.
Perform rescue/extrication operations where necessary to prevent loss of life or further injury, from any cause.
Drive and/or operate any equipment, apparatus and vehicles in accordance with applicable policy and the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
Participate in fire safety, fire prevention, public education and public relations duties.
Follow instructions and orders from Officers in action, maintenance and training situations.
Perform other related duties as required/assigned.
Grade 12 diploma or equivalent in education.
Prior work experience in fire suppression, trades, emergency medical response, fire prevention, etc. would be considered a strong asset.
NFPA 1001 Level I & II certification.
Possess a valid Class “DZ” driver’s license (or out-of-province equivalency) and a satisfactory driving record (no more than 3 demerit points).
Valid and current Standard First Aid and CPR Level C certificate.
Must be able to demonstrate swimming ability by treading water for a minimum of 15 minutes and swimming for 100 metres.
Meet the prescribed visual requirements (20/40 in each eye WITHOUT corrective lenses and colour vision safe for firefighting).
Must be able to adhere to NFPA hearing standards and respond to verbally transmitted instructions over radio.
Speak, read and write English fluently, and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding, high-pressure situations.
Able to perform the essential duties of the job safely under intense and sustained physical efforts.
Obtain and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check, including Vulnerable Sector, at time of employment, and not have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted.
Be legally entitled to work in Canada.
Available to work twenty four (24) hour rotating shifts including nights, weekends and statutory holidays.
Able to handle intense and sustained physical effort in high risk situations to safely perform the duties of a Firefighter in a team environment.
Must be able to work at heights and in confined spaces as required.
Ability to interact constructively with co-workers, superiors and members of the public.
Ability to work effectively under stressful situations.
Ability to accept change and strive for excellence in customer service.
Responsible for station maintenance and upkeep of firefighting equipment and fire department property.
Responsible for upgrading and maintaining skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards.
Experience in coaching, counseling or public education is considered an asset.