Changes to the OFAI Candidate Testing Process

Changes to the OFAI Candidate Testing Process 

In January 2018, Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) will be implementing a number of changes to our Candidate Testing Services (CTS). These changes were proposed by OFAI and approved by our Advisory Committee this past November.  The OFAI Advisory Committee sets policies on our testing process and is comprised of senior fire officers and human resource professionals from our municipal fire service partners. A few changes are outlined below.

Re-test Policy 

Effective January 10, 2018, the OFAI re-test policy will change, and is as follows:

  • 1st Failure - 15 days – Candidates must wait 15 days before participating in a re-test.
  • 2nd Failure - 30 days – Candidate must wait 30 days before participating in a re-test.
  • All subsequent failures will be subject to a 30-day wait period.

There are no longer 90 or 180-day waiting periods.  This new re-test policy applies to ALL STAGES of our testing program. As with the current re-test policy, each stage is subject to its own re-test period; it is NOT cumulative over the three stages. 

In addition to this change, the re-test period for all candidates will reset to 15 days on January 10, 2018. This includes any candidates currently in the midst of their 30, 90 or 180-day wait periods. 

Candidates requiring clarification on their re-rest period can contact the OFAI Administration office at 905-426-6756 or by email to info@ofai.ca.

Firefighter Technical Skills Split 

Effective January 10, 2018, Stage Three, Part Two Firefighter Technical Skills will be split into two sections.

  • Section One will be comprised of the 10 Metre Ladder Climb, Ropes, Knots and Tool Lift, SCBA Proficiency and Medical Scenario.
  • Section Two will be comprised of the Roof Ventilation, 7m Ladder Raise/Roof Ladder Deployment and Fine Motor Skills (Hose Assembly).

With this change, candidates are permitted to move to the second section of the Technical Skills if they fail a skill in the first section.  For greater clarification, if a candidate fails a skill in one section, they are required to stop that section immediately. However, they will now be permitted to challenge the skills in the other section, on the same day.

If one skill is failed in both sections, candidates will be required to re-test the entire Firefighter Technical Skills.  If a candidate fails a skill in only one section, then they are only required to re-book the failed section.   The following fee structure will apply:

  • Stage Three, CPAT and Firefighter Technical Skills - Section One & Two - $448.00 plus HST
  • Stage Three, Part Two - Firefighter Technical Skills Retest – Section One- $125.00 plus HST
  • Stage Three, Part Two - Firefighter Technical Skills Retest – Section Two- $125.00 plus HST
  • Stage Three, Part Two - Firefighter Technical Skills Retest – Section One & Two- $250.00 plus HST

Important Notes

The Firefighter Technical Skills will now NOT be completed in a particular order within each section. You will be advised once on site, as to which order you will complete the skills.

Anyone who attempted Firefighter Technical Skills prior to December 1, 2017 and was unsuccessful must book Firefighter Technical Skills Retest (Section 1 & 2).

Candidates who were unsuccessful on the Firefighter Technical Skills between December 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 must contact the OFAI Administration office at 905-426-6756 or by email to info@ofai.ca before booking their re-test.

For candidates who have already booked their Firefighter Technical Skills re-test in January, the OFAI Administration office will contact you.  

The OFAI continues to make revisions to our testing program to further advance and support the standardized testing process in Ontario, and will help support positive outcomes for both our firefighter candidates and municipal fire service partners.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 905-426-6756 or by email to info@ofai.ca

Full details regarding these changes will be available on our website, and in the pre-assessment guides in early January 2018. 

Changes to Stage Two, Part Two-Clinical Assessment 

On March 1, 2018, Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) will be implementing a revised treadmill protocol as part of our Stage Two, Part Two-Clinical assessment. This protocol will replace the existing treadmill protocol.

The revised protocol is an encapsulated test, conducted on a treadmill.  Candidates wear personal protective equipment (bunker gear), and SCBA, less the mask, during the assessment. Candidates will continue to wear the masks utilized in our current protocol.  It is important to note that although we will still capture V02 values, pass/fail will not be based on those values.  The new protocol follows four phases of work and is designed to simulate the workload firefighters conduct on the fire ground. 

More information regarding the new treadmill protocol please review the pre-assessment guide.

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