Probationary Firefighter – Sarnia (ON) – 2024

NewJobIcon Probationary Firefighter - Sarnia (ON) - 2024
City of Sarnia
May 9, 2024
Sarnia, Ontario
Job Type
June 9, 2024
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.

Sarnia Fire Rescue Services is currently accepting applications for Probationary Firefighters until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2024.

Duties and Responsibilities

The firefighter’s role is not easy; it involves a high level of personal stress. It requires:

  • Satisfaction derived from public service
  • The ability to work closely in a challenging team environment
  • The ability to cope with high levels of stress
  • Dedication
  • Resilience
  • Excellent listening and communication skills

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, a candidate must have all of the following qualifications:

  • Valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service (CTS) certificates including Stage One, Stage Two (Hearing, Vision and Encapsulated Treadmill), Stage Three (Technical Skills and Physical Aptitude), and Swim Test;
  • Ontario Secondary School Grade 12 Diploma or academic equivalent;
  • Proof of a valid Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License (or equivalent); and
  • Pleasure Craft License (Get it here!)

In addition, to be considered, the candidate must have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Firefighter Pre-Service Education & Training Program from a recognized institution;
  • Successfully completed IFSAC/ProBoard Certification (NFPA 1001 including Firefighter I & II); or
  • Five years’ experience as a career firefighter in a municipal fire department with supporting Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) documentation demonstrating successful grandfathering to the NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II Level

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Preferred Qualifications

Additional 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
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment

Additional Information

Recruitment Process

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.


The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

Applicants wishing to be considered for the position of Probationary Firefighter must complete the application form linked below.

Application notes:

  • Ensure your resume and supporting documents are ready for upload as one single file
  • Black out the date of birth information on your proof of a valid Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License (or equivalent)
  • Only those applicants providing proof of all minimum requirements will be considered for an interview
  • If your documents are not received on time or cannot be validated, your application will not proceed

Probationary Firefighter Application Form

Interview and Selection Process

Selected candidates will be assessed and preference given to their education, qualifications, and experience as it relates to fire suppression and medical care.

Selection will be based on a rating system from the application and interview processes. Should you be the top candidate(s) from the interview stage, you will move forward to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Conditional Offer

Successful candidates will be extended a conditional offer of employment as a Probationary Firefighter. The offer of employment is conditional upon:

  • Satisfactory Employment Reference Check
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) that is acceptable to the City of Sarnia from the Police Service where you reside at the time of the interview
  • Authorization for the City to contact the Ministry of Transportation to obtain an abstract of the candidate’s driving history to confirm it meets the Corporation’s guidelines
  • Comprehensive Medical Protocol confirming your physical ability to perform the duties of a Firefighter. This protocol includes a full medical physical examination, an ECG, a Chest X-Ray, and a Pulmonary Function Test

Note: Candidates will be responsible for any expenses associated with the recruitment process.

Additional Details

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: Profile Update – Applicant Name.

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.

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