City of Oshawa - Firefighter Probationer

The City of Oshawa requires that applicants have Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service (CTS) certificates for Stage One, Stage Two and Stage Three as part of this recruitment. Certificates must be valid throughout the duration of the entire recruitment process.

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

This recruitment closes April 21, 2022 at 4:30PM. Questions regarding Oshawa's recruitment process should be directed to Oshawa.

Job Description

City of Oshawa, located just a short 30-minute drive from Toronto, is a progressive city of 172,000 people and is the economic engine of the eastern Greater Toronto Area. Our strategic pursuit of sustainable growth, excellent community service delivery and co-operative partnerships have enhanced our quality of life advantage, while maintaining a strong commitment to fiscal restraint.

Job Title:   Regular Full-Time Fire Fighter - Probationer
Posting Number:  003620
Department:   Community Services Department  Branch:  Fire Services
Location:  Oshawa, Ontario
Posting Start Date: 2022/04/11 
Posting End Date:  2022/04/21 by 4:30pm
Employment Group:   IAFF 465  
Salary Grade:   $70,778 - $101,112    
Standard Weekly Hours of Work: 42.00     
Shift Work Required:  No

Oshawa Fire Services, is seeking motivated individuals to join our Fire Services team. The Fire Fighter - Probationer is required to work as part of a professional team and will operate and maintain firefighting apparatus, equipment, and fire stations; combat fires; perform rescue work; administer designated emergency medical procedures/aid; fulfill duties of call-taker/dispatcher as required; inspect properties and equipment for fire hazards; participate in public education programs and continually upgrade skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards, and other duties as assigned. 

Fire Fighters are required to work all days of the week including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in shifts that are 24 hours in length, which totals 168 hours over a four-week period. The 24 hour shift structure is being implemented on a trial basis at this time. There are currently six fire stations located throughout the City of Oshawa. Staff may be assigned or transferred to any station at any time. Fire Fighters are required to maintain membership in the Oshawa Fire Fighters Association, Local #465, of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).


To be eligible to compete in this competition, applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older and be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma O.S.S.D (Grade 12) or academic equivalent.
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 and 2 IFSAC ProBoard Certified.
  • Minimum one (1) year of recent/related full-time work experience.  Fire suppression, construction, trades, mechanical, emergency medical, large vehicle operation or fire prevention related experience is an asset.
  • N.F.P.A. 1031 or 1035, 1061 Level 1 and 2 is an asset.
  • Current Standard First Aid with HCP, CPR and AED.  Completion of higher level E.M.S training is an asset.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License, minimum class D.Z.  Applicants with more than six (6) demerit points are ineligible for consideration.
  • Have no criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted. 
  • Specialized rescue courses are an asset.
  • The City of Oshawa requires Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service (CTS) certificates for Stage One, Stage Two and Stage Three as part of this recruitment. Certificates must be valid throughout the duration of the entire recruitment process. For more information, please visit All costs associated with these certifications are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Ability to work 24 hour shifts, including days/nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be fit and able to handle the sustained, intense physical and psychological effort required to perform duties of this position.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, strong interpersonal and customer service skills for interacting with the public and internal City staff.
  • Demonstrate initiative, mechanical aptitude and problem solving skills.
  • Speak, read and write English fluently, and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding conditions.

Application Process 

  1. Detailed resumes must be submitted electronically by accessing the City of Oshawa website at
  2. Applications which contain errors or omissions, or failure to follow procedural directions and meet deadlines at any stage of the recruiting process, will result in an application being disqualified.  Hard copies of resumes will not be accepted.
  3. Ensure that a valid e-mail address and phone number are provided; the majority of contact will be via email.  Please ensure that you check your junk e-mail to ensure that mail does not get lost in this folder.
  4. Please note that applicants will be required to provide proof of all qualifications; applicants will be notified when this is required.

Selection Process

  1. Applicants holding valid Ontario Fire Administration certificates (as noted above) are invited to apply electronically ( by the deadline date.
  2. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview and will be required at that time to provide three supervisory references.
  3. Selected applicants may be required to participate in behavourial and/or other testing as deemed appropriate by the City.
  4. Applicants who are offered a position will be required to undergo an employment medical exam.  Employment reference checks will be conducted, and candidates will be required (at their own expense) to provide a current Criminal Reference Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search, proof of a valid unrestricted D.Z. driver’s license and drivers abstract.

Please be advised that position location as noted is at the time of posting and is subject to change, as required due to operational needs.

We would like to thank all applicants however, please note that only those selected to attend an interview will be contacted and all other applicants will be kept on file.  Applicants are advised that written, oral and practical testing may form part of the selection process.

City of Oshawa employees need to apply through the intranet (iConnect) in order to be considered as an internal candidate.  All applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes.  Please ensure that you check your email regularly to receive any correspondence.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC). The City of Oshawa promotes the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. The City of Oshawa encourages applications from women, Indigenous Peoples and persons of all cultures, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, ages, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.

All City of Oshawa employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment; proof of vaccination status will be requested upon hire. The City of Oshawa will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities and/or needs related to the OHRC  If you require an accommodation during the recruitment process or assistance with the application process please contact us at or 905-436-5666. Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


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