City of Kitchener-Probationary Firefighter

The City of Kitchener requires valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Service (CTS) certificates for Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three. Candidates shall be required to successfully complete all three stages of the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Service prior to October 10, 2021.

OFAI does not submit candidate certificates or applications to the City of Kitchener. Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to the City of Kitchener with all the necessary requirements, as per the instructions in their job posting below or as listed on their website at:

This recruitment closes Wednesday October 6, 2021. Questions regarding the City of Kitchener's recruitment process should be directed to Kitchener.


Probationary Firefighter

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Job Code


Posting Date

September 22, 2021

Closing Date

October 6, 2021

Job Status

Permanent Full-Time

Mandatory Application Format:

1. You must apply online

2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed three (3) pages

3. To avoid disqualification, your resume must be in the following format and order:

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

Position Overview:

If you are compassionate, customer-focused and motivated towards a challenging and rewarding career making a difference in our community, then this may be the opportunity for you.

A career in firefighting is a demanding and respected profession that offers an opportunity to provide valued services to the public.

The City of Kitchener’s Fire Department is currently accepting resumes to establish a pool of qualified candidates for all vacancies for the position of Probationary Firefighter.

Kitchener Firefighters pride themselves in serving our community. They provide essential services through education, prevention and suppression.


  • NFPA 1001-Firefighter I & II from a recognized pre-service Firefighter Education and Training Program or from an accredited program from a recognized institution 
  • Successful completion of all three stages of the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Service prior to October 10, 2021
  • Valid and current First Aid training equivalent to Emergency First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder and Health Care Provider CPR. Candidates must have the medical skills required to successfully pass the OFAI Stage Three Firefighter Technical Skills Medical Modality
  • Outstanding employment record
  • Must have the ability to support and project values compatible with the organization
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Possess the ability to deal with difficult individuals, in a courteous and effective manner
  • Commitment to working effectively in a team environment
  • Upon hire must provide proof of a valid Class “DZ” driver’s license deemed acceptable by the City of Kitchener
  • Must have ability to swim

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • Previous Firefighter experience
  • NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator
  • NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector
  • OFAI Swim Test
  • Knowledge of firefighting equipment, terminology and practice
  • Previous related work experience
  • Demonstrated community service involvement
  • Certified trade training or experience
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Other relevant specialized training/qualifications

Please Note:

  • Employment is conditional upon the provision of a satisfactory and current Police Vulnerable Sector Check dated NO EARLIER THAN November 8, 2021. Any related costs are the sole responsibility of the applicant
  • As part of the selection process candidates may be requested to submit to additional screening tests  

In accordance with the City of Kitchener’s Mandatory Verification of COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, new City of Kitchener employees (or employees rehired after a break in service of more than 3 months) are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire, subject to accommodations required in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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Starting Salary

$58,745 (2022 rate)


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