Probationary Firefighter – Owen Sound – 2022

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City of Owen Sound
September 12, 2022
Owen Sound, Canada
Job Type
October 4, 2022
As per collective agreement
Work Hours
Shift Work


The City of Owen Sound is pleased to offer careers in firefighting. Firefighting is a demanding profession that carries considerable responsibility to protect life, property and the environment from the effects of fire and other hazards. Firefighters respond to incidents involving fire suppression, hazardous materials, high angle rescue, medical assists, water and ice rescue, and auto extrication.

Firefighters are also involved in delivering key fire safety messaging and public education duties. Excellent listening and communication skills are essential.

Satisfaction is derived from public service, working closely in a team environment, and working in a challenging profession. The firefighter’s role is not easy; it involves a high level of personal stress and requires dedication and resilience.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in employment with Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services. We wish you success in your endeavour to become a firefighter.

The City of Owen Sound is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a barrier-free recruitment process and work environment. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage applicants of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At the City of Owen Sound, we’re committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged.

Minimum Qualifications

A)  All of the following Qualifications:

  • Ontario Secondary School Grade 12 Diploma or academic equivalent; and
  • Valid, unrestricted Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License (or equivalent); and
  • Pleasure Craft License (Don't have this license? Get it here!)
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR “C” Level Certificates


  1. One of the following Certifications:
    • Firefighter Pre-Service Education & Training Program from a recognized institution; OR
    • Successful completion of NFPA 1001, including Firefighter I & II (Certified or Qualified); OR
    • Five years experience as a firefighter in a municipal fire department with supporting Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) documentation demonstrating successful grandfathering to the NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II Level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in fire suppression, construction, trades, mechanical, other emergency services, fire prevention, Military, Coast Guard, large vehicle/heavy equipment operation, water rescue, SCUBA diving (an asset)
  • Skilled Trade License or Certification (an asset)
  • Community College diploma in Fire Protection Engineering Technician/ Technology Program (an asset)
  • University Degree or College Diploma (an asset)
  • NFPA or related training or certifications
  • Demonstrated Coaching, Teaching, Mentoring, and, Leadership skills
  • Volunteer and/or community involvement
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to handle intense and sustained physical effort necessary to perform firefighting duties safely
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Fire Code and Ontario Building Code
  • Be able to understand and communicate clearly (orally and written) in
  • Ability to communicate in a 2nd Language is considered an asset
  • Good Mechanical abilities
  • Ability to act quickly and remain calm under duress and strain
  • Thorough knowledge of the operation of all apparatus, equipment, and methods used in combating, extinguishing, preventing fires, and rescue work
  • Be able to respond to fire calls within a reasonable amount of time

Additional Information

Applicants wishing to be considered for the position of Probationary Firefighter must submit the Application Form, proof of the minimum qualifications, and their cover letter and resume as ONE document.

o Subject Title: 2022 Fire Recruitment – Applicant Name

  • We will not accept applications delivered in person or by mail.
  • Only those applicants providing proof of all minimum requirements will be considered for an interview, and only those applicants selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted.
  • Please ensure your application is submitted in full. Due to the volume of applications, if your documents are not received on time or cannot be validated, your application will not proceed.

Human Resources will contact you throughout the hiring period using your application's email address or phone number. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that contact information within their application is current.

During an active recruitment period, applicants wishing to update their application, including changes to contact information, qualifications, or resume updates, may do so at any time by emailing [email protected] with the Subject Title: Fire Recruitment Profile Update – Applicant Name.

The procedure for selecting firefighters consists of the following steps:

  1. Application
  2. Interview & Selection Process
  3. Conditional Offer

Only the most qualified applicants at each step will proceed to the next step in the selection process.

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