Probationary Firefighter – Sarnia – 2021

Probationary Firefighter - Sarnia - 2021
Fire Recruitment Job Board Team
May 4, 2021
Sarnia, Ontario
Job Type
May 21, 2021
As per collective agreement
Work Hours
Shift Work


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 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 deal with traumatic injuries and situations, 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 immediately dangerous to life or health environments.

Medical Aid:

  • Be extensively trained as a First Responder to provide medical assistance and administer emergency patient care.


  • 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 procedures.
  • Maintain commitment to career development and actively seek out opportunities to grow and advance professionally.

Minimum Qualifications

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


    B) All of the following Qualifications:

    • Valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service (CTS) certificate including Stage One, Two and Three; and
    • Ontario Secondary School Grade 12 Diploma or academic equivalent; and
    • Proof of a valid Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License (or equivalent) – PLEASE BLACK OUT DATE OF BIRTH INFORMATION

Additional Information

Applicants wishing to be considered for the position of Probationary Firefighter must submit proof of the minimum qualifications along with their resume as ONE document.

  • Applications are to be submitted via e-mail to
    • Subject Title: May 2021 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.
  • If your documents are not received on time or cannot be validated, your application will not proceed.

Throughout the hiring period, Human Resources will contact you using the email address or phone number provided within your application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring 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 with the Subject Title: 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.

Please note: Firefighter recruitments attract a high volume of applications. As a result, in order to efficiently respond to inquiries from applicants, all inquiries should be directed to Inquiries will be responded to at our earliest opportunity.

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