Probationary Firefighter – North Bay (ON) – 2023

NewJobIcon Probationary Firefighter - North Bay (ON) - 2023
City of North Bay
December 15, 2023
North Bay, Canada
Job Type
January 14, 2024
As Per Collective Agreement
Work Hours
Shift Work


Our employees work to protect the lives, property, and environment of the City of North Bay from the adverse effects of emergency incidents. North Bay Fire and Emergency Services incorporates the values of service excellence, safety, integrity, professionalism, communication, teamwork, and respect. In order to provide the best service to the public, we are committed to the training, education and the well-being of each and every member of our team.

Firefighting is a demanding and respected profession that offers an opportunity to provide valued services to the public.  We are seeking individuals who embrace the delivery model for fire protection that is based on the three lines of defense against fire:

  1. Public Fire Safety Education
  2. Fire Safety Standards and Enforcement
  3. Emergency Response

Firefighters are expected to maintain a high standard of professionalism, integrity, credibility, problem solving, be able to work as part of a dynamic team and possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

If you are committed to serving your community and helping people, are willing to continuously train and learn, and work well in a team environment, you may be an ideal candidate for a career with North Bay Fire and Emergency Services.

You must be physically fit and psychologically prepared to handle the sustained, intense, physical, and mental demands often required to perform the duties of a firefighter in our service.

Duties and Responsibilities

Following the chain of command, the firefighter reports to and is under the general direction and direct supervision of a Fire Captain.

The General Duties and Responsibilities for the position of Firefighter include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform public education and public relations
  • Participate in fire safety inspections
  • Develop pre-incident plans
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development
  • Perform firefighter safety practices
  • Perform fire ground operations
  • Perform rescue operations, including technical rescue
  • Perform hazardous materials and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear operations
  • Provide emergency patient care
  • Operate and maintains fire apparatus
  • Maintain fire equipment
  • Perform communication and administrative duties
  • Other Duties and Responsibilities as may be assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree, Community College Diploma or Trade Certification in any discipline recognized by the Ontario College of Trades
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I and II certified from an accredited program from a recognized institution, accredited by the International Fire Services Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or Pro Board (must be complete with seals) valid at the time of application
  • Successful Completion of the following stages of the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services program (OFAI CTS) and be prepared to submit all related certificates which must be valid through the recruitment process:
    • Stage One - Firefighter Aptitude and Character Test
    • Stage Two - Hearing Assessment
    • Stage Two - Vision Assessment
    • Stage Two - Encapsulated Treadmill Test
    • Stage Three - Firefighter Physical Aptitude Job-Related Tests(FPAT)
    • Stage Three - Firefighter Technical Skills Assessment
    • Valid Swim Test Certificate
  • Valid Standard First Aid and “Basic Rescuer” CPR (Level C)
  • Valid Class "D" Ontario Driver’s License with "Z" endorsement
  • Must be able to work a 24-hour shift schedule that involves working weekends and holidays, averaging 42 hours per week
  • Be available to respond and report to the fire station in an emergency situation within 30 minutes when off duty
  • Willingness and ability to work in extremely adverse and dangerous situations and under stressful conditions
  • Initiative
  • Problem solving/analytical skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize tasks/demands, as appropriate
  • Must be familiar with the legislation/regulations that apply to this position
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal/Interaction skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work and positively interact within a diverse work environment
  • Commitment to personal and professional development and in continuing training and education through ongoing learning

Preferred Qualifications

We actively seek candidates who possess skills, certifications and education that are over and above our minimum requirements:

  • Character reference letters (maximum of two) at time of application, is optional but considered an asset.
  • A-EMCA Designation
  • Other advanced emergency medical training
  • Additional NFPA Courses and/or certifications related to the position of Firefighter
  • Advanced hazardous materials training
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Previous experience in emergency services, construction, trades, mechanical, large vehicle operation, military etc. (please define if experience is full-time or part-time/seasonal)
  • Community service involvement (please define role and commitment level e.g., yearly, monthly, weekly)
  • Computer literacy, utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Coaching/Teaching/Counselling/Recreation Leadership

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