City of Kitchener-Probationary Firefighter

The City of Kitchener requires successful completion of all three stages of the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Service prior to June 3rd, 2022.

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

This recruitment closes May 25, 2022. Questions regarding Kitchener's recruitment process should be directed to the City of Kitchener.


Probationary Firefighter

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Posting Date

May 13, 2022

Closing Date

May 25, 2022

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 June 3rd, 2022
  • 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 2 weeks before your start date.  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.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and thank all applicants in advance.  

Accommodations are available during all stages of the recruitment process in accordance with the Human Rights Code.  

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted

Please note that as per Human Resources Policy HUM-HIR-110, "Employment of Relatives of Staff Members and Elected Officials":

"The immediate relatives of staff of the Human Resources Division, all Directors, General Managers, or the Chief Administrative Officer and Elected Officials shall not be employed by the City in any capacity.

The immediate relatives of all other Management personnel shall not be employed where such employment would be:

1. within the same Department in the case of permanent full-time, temporary full-time and part-time classifications.

2. within the same Division in the case of students."


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Starting Salary

$58,745 (2022 rate)


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