Probationary Firefighter – Sarnia – 2019

Probationary Firefighter - Sarnia - 2019
Fire Recruitment Job Board Team
January 25, 2019
Sarnia, Canada
Job Type
February 10, 2019
Work Hours


The City of Sarnia 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 extrications.

Firefighters are also involved with the delivery of 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 would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in employment with the Sarnia Fire Rescue Services, and wish you success in your endeavor to become a firefighter.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a member of Sarnia Fire Rescue Services, you will be responsible for responding to emergency calls requiring rescue operations, medical aid and firefighting tactics.

The profession can entail performance under conditions of physical and mental stress.

Sarnia Firefighters provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our firefighters work on a rotating 24-hour shift schedule that includes weekends and holidays. Teamwork is an essential component of the profession whether on the scene, at the station and/or while providing service assistance to the public.

Firefighters need to have the knowledge, strength and skills to perform the essential duties that are required in protecting the public:

Firefighting & Rescue Operations:

  • Possess the ability to perform strenuous activities related to fire suppression;
  • Possess the mental resilience to work at elevated heights, in confined spaces, on and in water, as well as zero visibility situations;
  • Respond to a variety of technical rescue situations including water and ice, high angle, confined spaces, motor vehicles accidents and industrial;
  • Use and operate all vehicles, apparatus and equipment associated with the normal and efficient operations associated with the control and extinguishment of fires;
  • Possess the ability to work while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing (50/60 lbs.) in IDLH


Medical Aid:

  • Be extensively trained as a First Responder to provide medical assistance and administer emergency medical first


  • Maintain daily upkeep of grounds and buildings, fire apparatus, and equipment.

Ongoing training:

  • Participate in departmental training programs, and be proficient and knowledgeable in firefighting/emergency medical response equipment, techniques and
  • Maintain commitment to career development and actively seek out opportunities to grow and advance

Public Relations & Education:

  • Perform public relations services, public education and fire prevention activities including presentations, conducting tours and attending public events to promote fire safety and

Minimum Qualifications

    • Valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service (CTS) certificate including Stage One, Two and
      • Please visit for more information on their candidate testing program. If you have any questions, please contact OFAI directly at 905-426-6756 or [email protected]
    • Ontario Secondary School Grade 12 Diploma or academic
    • Proof of a valid Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License (or equivalent).


  2. Firefighter Pre-Service Education & Training Program from a recognized institution; OR
  3. Successfully completed IFSAC/ProBoard Certification (NFPA 1001 including Firefighter I & II); OR
  4. 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

Note: Applicants are responsible for ensuring their certificates are valid at all times of the recruitment process. This includes the time of application until a decision has been finalized. If you cannot produce documents when required, you will not continue in the selection process.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in fire suppression, construction, trades, mechanical, other emergency services, fire prevention, Military, Coast Guard, large vehicle/heavy equipment operation
  • Skilled Trade License or Certification
  • Community College   diploma  in   Fire  Protection Engineering  Technician/ Technology Program
  • University Degree or College Diploma
  • Demonstrated Coaching, Teaching, Counselling, Leadership skills
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certificate
  • Volunteer and/or community involvement
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment

If you are selected to move forward in the process, you will be contacted by phone or email to attend an interview. At this time you must bring with you:

  • Original copies of Transcripts/Diploma/Degree/Certificates
  • Three (3) employment references and their current contact information

Selection will be based on a rating system from the interview process. Should you be successful at the interview stage, your application will move to the next stage of the recruitment process, which involves the conducting of employment reference checks.

Additional Information

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