Probationary Firefighter – Waterloo (ON) – 2024

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NewJobIcon Probationary Firefighter - Waterloo (ON) - 2024
City of Waterloo
February 23, 2024
Waterloo, Ontario
Job Type
March 8, 2024
As per Collective Agreement
Work Hours
Shift Work


Do you have a genuine commitment and desire to serve the community? Do you have strong work ethic paired with the ability to problem solve, take direction, and work cooperatively in a team environment? Do you have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain your professionalism in high pressure emergency services settings? If this sounds like you, a career with Waterloo Fire Rescue (WFR) may be just what you’re looking for!

We are excited to share that the City of Waterloo is currently accepting applications for Probationary Firefighter(s) to join our team. Waterloo Fire Rescue is a diverse team of highly skilled and caring professionals who provide essential community based education, prevention and emergency response services that enhance public safety and quality of life. Applicants who are prepared to shape our firesafe community and make a career commitment to community service, health and safety, and professional development are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Your primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform fire suppression duties to extinguish and/or prevent fires to save life and property under emergency conditions
  • Aid and provide emergency medical response, including performing rescue/extrication operations to prevent loss of life or further injury
  • Operate all equipment including pumps, hoses, manual ladders, mechanical ladders, generators, and automobile extrication equipment
  • Secure the emergency scene for the safety of the public and other firefighters
  • Drive and operate any WFR vehicles in accordance with policy and the Highway Traffic Act
  • Support the work team and allied agencies to maintain public safety
  • Perform station, equipment and vehicle maintenance
  • Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other relevant legislation
  • Comply with departmental policies, guidelines, and departmental rules and regulations
  • Provide excellent customer service as well as be a leader in public fire safety education
  • Support fire prevention efforts by conducting demonstrations, public education, inspections and investigations
  • Participate in training exercises and courses to continuously increase knowledge and skills to remain current
  • Be psychologically and physically prepared to respond to emergencies of any kind
  • Other duties as may be required

Minimum Qualifications

Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service Certificates:

  • Stage One
  • Stage Two: Hearing, Vision, Encapsulated Treadmill
  • Stage Three

Firefighter Certification:

  • Candidates must meet the criteria required by the Ontario Fire Marshall and Emergency Management (OFMEM) for firefighter certification in accordance with O.Reg. 379/18.
  • Applicants are expected to have completed education or gained experience meeting the criteria of the OFMEM, including:
    • Completion of a pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training Program Certification recognized by OFMEM, including NFPA1001 Firefighter 1 & 2 certification.
    • NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 & 2 certification from an accredited program by a recognized institution, accredited by IFSAC or the Pro Board.
    • Completion of OFM curriculum components 1, 2, and 3 with examination certificate and NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 & 2 certification.
    • “Grandparented” status/certification as a firefighter from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall in accordance with O. Reg 379/18.

Other Educational Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD – Grade 12) or academic equivalency.
  • Current certification as an Emergency Medical Responder or equivalent as determined by WFR (e.g., Nursing or Paramedic diploma).
  • Health Care Provider CPR Level C certificate.
  • Valid Ontario DZ driver’s license in good standing.
  • NFPA1002 Pumper Operations certification (considered an asset).

Health and Fitness Requirements

  • Candidates must meet the vision requirements as outlined in Chapter Six of NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, in accordance with OFAI requirements.
  • Successful completion of psychological screening by a mental health professional chosen by the employer (note: candidates will not receive the results or feedback from their psychological assessment).
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical labor within high-risk and hazardous environments.
  • Must be able to work at heights, in or around water, and/or in confined spaces as required.

Work Conditions and Language Requirements

  • Ability to work on rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Speak, read, and write English fluently, and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding, high-pressure situations.

Additional Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Additional Information

Post-Hire Requirements

Upon being hired, you will be required to provide:

  • A Police Vulnerable Sector Check satisfactory to the City.
  • Completion of a pre-employment medical examination with results satisfactory to the City.
  • A copy of your valid DZ class driver's license and authorization to obtain an abstract, with results satisfactory to the City.
  • Proof of your current and valid certificate(s), licenses, and/or educational qualifications.

Be You @ Waterloo (Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging)

Acknowledgment of Traditional Territory:

  • The City of Waterloo acknowledges that our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples, situated on the Haldimand Tract.

Commitment to Diversity:

  • The City is committed to advancing Reconciliation, Equity, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion, and reducing barriers to employment opportunities.
  • Applications from historically underrepresented groups, including Black, Indigenous, racialized communities, women, persons with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, are encouraged.
  • Candidates from these groups are encouraged to self-identify in their application.


  • Accommodations are available throughout the recruitment process in accordance with the Human Rights Code and applicable legislation.
  • To request accommodations, please email, quoting the position and competition number.

Application Process

How to Apply:

  • Visit to learn more and apply online.
  • Ensure to check your email for confirmation of application receipt.
  • Only applicants selected to move forward will be contacted. Visit the website for recruitment timelines and process details.
  • Resumes and cover letters must be submitted online; in-person or mail submissions will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must possess all necessary certifications at the time of application; those in the process of obtaining certifications will not be considered.
  • Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with the recruitment process.
  • Completion of OFAI certificates does not guarantee advancement in the recruitment process.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, individual inquiries during or after the recruitment process will not be addressed, and phone calls will not be accepted.

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