Probationary Firefighter – Midland – 2022

Town of Midland
March 11, 2022
Midland, Canada
Job Type
March 18, 2022
As per collective agreement
Work Hours
42 hour shifts


A Probationary Firefighter, working under the supervision of Officers, is required to: work as part of a professional team, operate and maintain firefighting apparatus, equipment, and fire stations; combat fires; perform rescue work; administer designated emergency medical procedures/aid; fulfill duties of call-taker/dispatcher as required; inspect properties and equipment for fire hazards; participate in public education programs and continually upgrade skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ability to demonstrate independence of judgement and action in circumstances of extreme emergency where referral to a superior for instruction is not possible.
  • As a shift member, assists with maintenance and custodial duties as required at the station.
  • As assigned, conducts firefighting/rescue activities at emergency scenes.
  • Assists and participates with in-service training as required through the Training Division; with fire-fighting and rescue operations when responding to an emergency; with investigation and determining the cause of fires.
  • Assists with maintenance and testing of all vehicles and apparatus assigned to the shift; with salvage operations during and following any emergency; with the cleaning, checking replacement and readying of apparatus and equipment; with the daily operation of station and grounds to ensure proper order and condition.
  • Carries out specific orders and directions as received from a superior officer in the normal course of station duties and in firefighting.
  • Conduct routine duties in the maintenance of firefighting/rescue equipment and fire department property.
  • Conducts and assists with fire department pre-planning as required; with Residential Home Inspections within the municipality as required.
  • Ensures compliance with all Health and Safety matters in accordance with the Corporation of the Town of Midland's Health and Safety Manual and the Occupational Health and Safety Act Regulations; the Occupational Health and Safety procedures are strictly adhered to.
  • Ensures the safe operation of all department equipment, fire station and other properties related to the daily operation of the department.
  • Inspects property at the scene of a fire to prevent re-ignition.
  • Performs such duties as required to further advance Public Information, Public Safety and Public Relations within the department; various maintenance tasks on apparatus and equipment.
  • Reports directly to the shift Captain regarding activities within the department; the Fire Prevention Division on all observed fire/life safety matters.
  • Responds with and has full care of firefighting/rescue apparatus to and from the scene of an emergency as both driver and pump operator.
  • Responsible for rapidly and efficiently performing various duties under emergency conditions frequently involving considerable hazard.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age or older and be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma O.S.S.D (Grade 12) or academic equivalent
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the Candidate Testing Services (CTS) (all stages). For more information, please visit (All costs associated with the test are the responsibility of the applicant).
  • A certificate of achievement for completing a Pump Operators course or an equivalent satisfactory to the Fire Chief.
  • Current Standard First Aid with HCP, CPR and AED. Completion of higher level, E.M.S training is an asset.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License minimum class D.Z. Applicants with more than six demerit points are ineligible for consideration.
  • Have no criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted.
  • Specialized rescue courses are an asset.
  • Ability to work 24-hour shifts, including days/nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Shifts are: 10 hours Days shift or 14 hour Nights shift, or a schedule agreed upon
  • Must be fit and able to handle the sustained, intense physical and psychological effort required to perform duties of this position.
  • Demonstrate initiative, mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills.
  • Possess the following International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certificates: (either IFSAC or Proboard is acceptable)
    1. IFSAC / Proboard NFPA 1001, Level I and Level II Firefighter Training
    2. IFSAC / Proboard NFPA 1002, Driver Operator Certification
    3. IFSAC / Proboard NPFA 472, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations; or
    4. IFSAC / Proboard NFPA 1072, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
  • Agility and strength to do prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.
  • Ability to react quickly and remain calm under duress and strain.
  • Considerable knowledge of:
    1. Modern firefighting techniques and fire prevention methods.
    2. Municipal By-laws, Provincial and Federal Acts relative to the supervisory activities of the fire department.
    3. Rules and regulations governing the fire department and of operational guidelines of the department.
    4. The municipality including its demographics, major industries, elements and hazardous occupancies.
    5. Water systems and water mains within the municipality.
  • Thorough knowledge of:
    1. The operation of all apparatus and equipment and methods used in combating, extinguishing, and preventing of fires and rescue activities.
    2. First-aid, CPR, and inhalator practices.
    3. Vehicle/pump hydraulics.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive/confidential or confrontational topics.
  • Demonstrated ability to build high levels of credibility within diverse work groups as well as the ability to develop productive partnerships with a range of stakeholders.

Additional Information

  • Physical demand requires physical exertion (e.g., lifting and maneuvering firefighting equipment) as well as standing, sitting and walking.
  • Mental demands of first responder.
  • Visual attention for detail and health and safety while on the job.
  • Rotational shift based on average of 42-hour work week.
  • Normal working environment (Fire station) contains the usual risks or discomforts as well as working in hazardous environments such as fire calls, emergency situations and inspections.
  • Work in all types of weather, times, and environmental conditions.