City of Mississauga-Firefighter (Pre-Recruitment Notice & Open Houses)

Important Notes from Ontario Fire Administration Inc.

This is a pre-recruitment notice ONLY. Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services will be accepting applications for firefighters starting October 2, 2017 up to October 15, 2017.

You must have valid certificates for Stages One, Two, and Three to apply to the City of Mississauga.

Ontario Fire Administration Inc. does not submit your certificates or application to the City of Mississauga.  Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to the City of Mississauga with all the necessary requirements as per the instructions in their job posting.  Their job posting can be found at: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/firefighters

Questions regarding the City of Mississauga's recruitment process should be directed to the City of Mississauga.

Questions and information regarding the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Program can be found on this website by clicking on the following links:

Candidate Information - Stage Testing Process
Pre-Assessment Guides - This is a required piece of reading material for all candidates.
To access our Frequently Asked Questions, visit www.ofai.ca/faq

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services will be hosting open houses across Mississauga over the next several months to provide information about the upcoming Firefighter Recruitment Campaign. At each open house you will have an opportunity to talk to firefighters, see the fire hall/ equipment/trucks and have your questions answered.

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services will be accepting applications for firefighters starting October 2, 2107 up to October 15, 2017.

2017 Open Houses

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 @ 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Fire Station #106
1355 Winding Trail, Mississauga, ON

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 @ 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Fire Station #114
5845 Falbourne Street, Mississauga, ON

Saturday, September 30th, 2017 @ 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Fire Station #122
3600 Thomas Street, Mississauga, ON

Throughout the recruitment campaign we will be communicating with applicants through email.  Please ensure that your email address is always up-to-date.

Minimum qualifications:  

  • Possess a valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificate including Stage One, Two and Three throughout the entire recruitment process. Please visit www.ofai.ca  for more information.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or academic equivalent
  • Possess a valid and unrestricted Ontario’s Driver’s License, minimum Class “G” and a driving record that is acceptable to the City of Mississauga.
    • Successful applicants must receive a Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License within 6 months of hire date.
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR “C” Level certificate.
  • Excellent hearing without the use of artificial aids.
  • Visual acuity of 20/30 uncorrected in each eye and colour vision which is safe for firefighting.
  • Ability to swim proficiently.
  • Effective English communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly and precisely in stressful situations
  • Criminal Record Search, Vulnerable Sector Screening that is acceptable to the City of Mississauga from the Police Service where you reside at the time of the interview.
  • Successfully complete medical, practical and swimming tests during recruitment process.

What would make a preferred applicant?

  • Firefighter Pre-Service Education & Training Program or NFPA Firefighter Certification (NFPA 1001 including Fire Fighter I & II)
  • Previous experience in Fire suppression, construction, trades mechanical, emergency services (e.g. Paramedic), Military/Coast Guard, fire prevention, large vehicle operation, and/or operating heavy equipment
  • Community College diploma in Fire Protection Engineering Technician/Technology Program
  • Fluency in a second language or sign language
  • Trades Qualification(s)
  • Lifeguard (NLS Certification)
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) Training
  • Occupational Health and Safety Training
  • Climbing Skills - Mountain/Rope
  • Medical, Ski Patrol or Other Professional Emergency Service Certification
  • Coaching/Teaching/Counselling/Recreation Leadership
  • Volunteer and/or community involvement
  • Confined Space Training

What do firefighters do?

  • Medical Aid - administer First Aid and CPR, in addition to cardiac care using semi-automatic defibrillators.
  • Rescue Operations - Search and rescue; removing injured persons from motor vehicles, industrial accidents and confined spaces; water rescue.
  • Firefighting - handling hose lines, operating firefighting equipment using hand tools.
  • Public Education - presenting programs and attending public events to promote fire safety awareness.
  • Fire Prevention - inspecting commercial, industrial and residential buildings; enforcing the Provincial Building and Fire Codes and Municipal by-laws; preparing emergency pre-plans.
  • Hazardous Material Management - controlling toxic spills that may endanger the public or the environment.
  • Maintenance - daily upkeep of grounds, buildings and apparatus.

On the job training in the above techniques is provided on a continuous basis to all firefighters

Recruitment process

1. Application

  • Candidates must possess a valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificate including Stage One, Two and Three. Certificate must be valid at the time of application and throughout the duration of the entire recruitment process. Please visit www.ofai.ca  for more information.
  • The City of Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services will be accepting applications for firefighters starting October 2, 2107 up to October 15, 2017.
  • To submit your application to the Firefighter, please refer to www.mississauga.ca/jobs during the posting period. Please note that only applications received online prior to the deadline will be considered. You will be required to complete an online questionnaire when you submit your application. Please fill this out completely. Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email informing you that your application has been successfully sent.
  • *IMPORTANT* It your responsibility to maintain current contact information in their online profile. All correspondence to applicants will be via email and/or phone in their online profile. 

2. Interviews

Selected candidates will be contacted to schedule first round interviews and second round interviews

  • First Round interview panel typically consists of Fire District Chiefs. 
  • Second Round interview panel typically consists of the Fire Chief and/or Assistant Chief(s). 

3. Assessments

  • Practical Assessment
  • Medical/Swim Assessments
  • References

Selected candidates will be required to provide 3 work related references from either direct supervisors and/or managers. 

4. Conditional Job Offer

The offer of employment is conditional upon:

  • Successful completion of the training period.
  • Successful completion of a twelve -month probationary period.
  • Maintaining a valid and unrestricted Ontario’s Driver’s License, minimum Class “G” and a driving record that is acceptable to the City of Mississauga.
  • Successful applicants must receive a Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License within 6 months of hire date.
  • Criminal Record Search Certificate (Vulnerable Sector Screening), to verify you do not have a Criminal Record for which you have not received a record suspension (pardon).

5. Training

All newly hired firefighters with Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services embarks on a 12 to 14 week training program at our training facilities at the Garry W. Morden Centre which is located at:

Garry W. Morden Centre
7535 - 9th Line
Mississauga, ON
L5N 7C3

 Recruit Training Program follows the competencies of NFPA 1001:

  • Fire Department Organization
  • Professionalism
  • Safety
  • Fire Behaviour
  • PPE/SCBA
  • Ropes & Knots
  • Ladders
  • Water Supply
  • Hose & Appliances
  • Fire Streams
  • Extinguishers
  • Fire Suppression
  • Forcible Entry
  • Ventilation
  • Search & Rescue
  • Salvage & Overhaul
  • Incident Management
  • Fire Cause Determination
  • Apparatus Operations, driving, pumping
  • Hazmat Operations
  • Specialized Rescue Awareness
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Public Education
  • Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
  • Communications
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • FF Survival & Rapid Intervention

 

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