City of Cambridge-Probationary Firefighter

The City of Cambridge requires Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Service (CTS)  Stages 1, 2, 3 and Swim Test maintained current throughout the recruitment and selection process.

NOTE: For this posting only, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, should a candidate not possess the required OFAI Swim Test at the time of application, the candidate will be required to obtain a valid certificate by November 26, 2021.

Please click here for our current Swim Test dates, and important booking information.

OFAI does not submit candidate certificates or applications to the City of Cambridge. Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to the City of Cambridge with all the necessary requirements, as per the instructions in their job posting below or as listed on their website at: https://career17.sapsf.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=2343&company=corporcamb

This recruitment closes Friday October 15, 2021. Questions regarding the City of Cambridge's recruitment process should be directed to Cambridge.

People, Place, Prosperity

Working within our Strategic Plan, Cambridge Connected, and committing to our values of Integrity, Respect, Inclusiveness and Service, the successful candidate will work together to help the City of Cambridge achieve our vision: A place for people to prosper – alive with opportunity.

What you will be doing

  • Working within a team environment to “Save Lives, Prevent Injury, Protect Property” through emergency response and public fire and life safety duties
  • Responsible for firefighting entailing the combating, extinguishing and preventing of fires, and the saving of life and property
  • Rapidly and efficiently performing various duties under emergency conditions frequently involving considerable hazard and strenuous physical exertion
  • Responding to fire alarms or other emergencies, laying and connecting hose, directing water streams, and using extinguishers and all other department equipment necessary for the efficient performance of the duties
  • Responsible for station maintenance and upkeep of firefighting equipment and fire department property
  • Responsible for upgrading and maintaining skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards 
  • Drives and/or operates any vehicle or equipment as assigned
  • Provides excellent customer service as well as being a leader in public fire and life safety education through participation in public relations projects involving visits, displays, lectures, demonstrations, parades, etc.
  • Assists with on-the-job training of other firefighters 
  • Performs inspections and assessments related to fire prevention duties 
  • Adheres to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal Laws, Regulations, By-laws as well as all departmental and Corporate Policies and Procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education

High school Grade 12 diploma or equivalent (minimum). We actively seek candidates who possess skills, certifications and education that are over and above our minimum requirements.
Additional courses, education or training that are related to fire or emergency services would be considered definite assets. These include post-secondary education, trades qualifications or fire protection engineering programs.

Required Qualifications

  • 18 years of age or older and legally entitled to work in Canada (citizen/landed immigrant)
  • Must satisfactorily meet the vision/hearing as per the OFAI Standards.
  • Free of any criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted.  Possess a satisfactory Police Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening and will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check dated within the last thirty (30) days as a condition of employment
  • Speak, read and write English fluently and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding, high pressure.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Possess a current First Responder or EMR Certificate with HCP-level CPR and AED
  • Possess a valid, unrestricted Class “DZ” Driver’s License by the interview stage.  Provision of a driver’s abstract with fewer than three CVOR demerit points and/or infractions for three years within the last thirty (30) days from when requested
  • Must possess certificates from the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (www.ofai.ca) Candidate Testing Services - Stages 1, 2, 3 and Swim Test maintained current throughout the recruitment and selection process
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Demonstrated community service involvement
  • The Fire Chief will determine equivalency for internal candidates
  • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II certified from an accredited program from a recognized institution, accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or the Pro Board 

Possess at least one of the following credentials:

  • Pre-Service Fire Fighter Education and Training Program Certification,
  • OFM curriculum components 1, 2 and 3 with examination certificate, or
  • Minimum two years’ experience as a full-time fire fighter in a municipal fire department, or
  • Minimum five years’ experience as a part-time fire fighter in a municipal fire department

We value skills or experiences such as previous firefighting or emergency service experience, certification such as A-EMCA, coaching and volunteer work, additional languages, driving heavy vehicles and the operation of heavy equipment

We will ask you for these items when you are hired

  • Proof of your current and valid certificate(s) and/or educational qualifications
  • Valid DZ driver's license
  • Proof of immunizations, including COVID-19 full vaccination
  • Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training certificate from the Ministry of Labour (may be obtained post offer)
  • Proof of current or future enrolment in post-secondary education
  • Confirmation that you are physically able to perform the essential duties of the position, as assessed through our third-party provider, prior to commencement in the position
  • Current and valid Police Vulnerable Sector Check, dated no earlier than November 8, 2021, to be provided prior to commencement in this position

We are looking for these Certificates

  • First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder with HCP-level CPR and AED or higher.
  • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter Level II certification from a recognized institution, accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress or the Pro Board
  • Operational level certification in NFPA 1072 or a specialty discipline within NFPA 1006
  • Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Services - Stages 1, 2, 3 and Swim Test maintained current throughout the recruitment and selection process. NOTE: For this posting only, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, should a candidate not possess the required OFAI Swim Test at the time of application, the candidate will be required to obtain a valid certificate by November 26, 2021.
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
  • Pre-Service Fire Fighter Education and Training Program Certification
  • OFM curriculum components 1, 2 and 3 with examination certificate

Hours of work

This position requires working rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays.

Your compensation

This position has an annual salary of $58,635 - 55% of 1st Class Fire Fighter (2022 Rate).

Posting closing date

This posting closes Friday, October 15, 2021.

How to Apply

To apply for this position visit www.cambridge.ca/careers. No cover letter is required. Resumes must be in the following format to be considered:

  • Work Experience
  • General Education
  • Fire Related Education and Courses
  • Community Involvement or Volunteer Experience

Accommodation needs and protection of privacy

The City of Cambridge is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion.  We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, and will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the recruitment and hiring process.
Please contact Human Resources to make your needs known in advance, with the nature of any accommodations that you may require in respect to any materials or processes used to ensure your full and equal participation throughout the recruitment and hiring process. Personal information collected in relation to the recruitment process is collected under the authority outlined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and used solely to determine eligibility for employment with the City of Cambridge only. 

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