The City of Owen Sound - Probationary Firefighter

 

The City of Owen Sound requires candidates to possess valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services certificates, including Stage One, Stage Two and Stage Three.  Certificates must be completed at time of conditional offer. Preference will be given to applicants that provide valid CTS certificates during the application process.

OFAI does not submit candidate certificates or applications to the City of Owen Sound. Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to Owen Sound with all the necessary requirements, as per the instructions in the job posting below or as listed on their website at: https://www.owensound.ca/en/city-hall/employment-opportunities.aspx

This recruitment closes October 4, 2022. Questions regarding Owen Sound's recruitment process should be directed to Owen Sound.

Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services is accepting applications for Probationary Firefighters until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Introduction

The City of Owen Sound is pleased to offer careers in firefighting. Firefighting is a demanding profession that carries considerable responsibility to protect life, property and the environment from the effects of fire and other hazards. Firefighters respond to incidents involving fire suppression, hazardous materials, high angle rescue, medical assists, water and ice rescue, and auto extrication.

Firefighters are also involved in delivering key fire safety messaging and public education duties. Excellent listening and communication skills are essential.

Satisfaction is derived from public service, working closely in a team environment, and working in a challenging profession. The firefighter’s role is not easy; it involves a high level of personal stress and requires dedication and resilience.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in employment with Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services. We wish you success in your endeavour to become a firefighter.

The City of Owen Sound is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a barrier-free recruitment process and work environment. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage applicants of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At the City of Owen Sound, we’re committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged.

Firefighter Duties and Responsibilities

As a member of Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services, you will be responsible for responding to emergency calls requiring rescue operations, medical aid and firefighting tactics.

The profession can entail performance under conditions of physical and mental stress.

Owen Sound Firefighters provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our firefighters work on a five-shift schedule, rotating 10-hour day and 14-hour night shifts with 5 shifts on and 5 shifts off, including weekends and holidays. Additionally, Owen Sound Firefighters are required to be on-call and respond within a reasonable time to incidents while on-call. Teamwork is essential to the profession, whether on the scene, at the station, or while providing public service assistance.

Firefighters need the knowledge, strength, and skills to perform the essential duties required to protect the public.

Minimum Qualifications

A)All of the following Qualifications:

  • Ontario Secondary School Grade 12 Diploma or academic equivalent; and
  • Valid, unrestricted Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s License (or equivalent); and
  • Pleasure Craft License
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR “C” Level Certificates

PLUS

B)One of the following Certifications:

  • Firefighter Pre-Service Education & Training Program from a recognized institution; OR
  • Successful completion of NFPA 1001, including Firefighter I & II (Certified or Qualified); OR
  • Five years experience as a firefighter in a municipal fire department with supporting Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) documentation demonstrating successful grandfathering to the NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II Level.

How to Apply

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Note: Please fill out the Application Form provided (on page 7) in the link below, and include it as a Cover Page for your application.

https://www.owensound.ca/en/city-hall/resources/Documents/Job-Postings/2022-Firefighter-Candidate-Pool.pdf

Application Submission Details

Applicants wishing to be considered for the position of Probationary Firefighter must submit the Application Form, proof of the minimum qualifications, and their cover letter and resume as ONE document.

  • Applications are to be submitted via e-mail to hrjobposting@owensound.ca
    • Subject Title: 2022 Fire Recruitment – Applicant Name
  • We will not accept applications delivered in person or by mail.
  • Only those applicants providing proof of all minimum requirements will be considered for an interview, and only those applicants selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted.
  • Please ensure your application is submitted in full. Due to the volume of applications, if your documents are not received on time or cannot be validated, your application will not proceed.

Human Resources will contact you throughout the hiring period using your application's email address or phone number. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that contact information within their application is current.

During an active recruitment period, applicants wishing to update their application, including changes to contact information, qualifications, or resume updates, may do so at any time by emailing hrjobposting@owensound.ca with the Subject Title: Fire Recruitment Profile Update – Applicant Name.

The procedure for selecting firefighters consists of the following steps:

  1. Application
  2. Interview & Selection Process
  3. Conditional Offer

Only the most qualified applicants at each step will proceed to the next step in the selection process.

Please note: Firefighter recruitments attract a high volume of applications. As a result, to efficiently respond to inquiries from applicants, all questions should be directed

to hrjobposting@owensound.ca. Inquiries will be responded to at our earliest opportunity.

Interview & Selection Process

Selected candidates will be assessed, and preference is given to their education, qualifications, and experience as it relates to fire suppression and medical care.

Additional Qualifications/ Competencies

  • Previous experience in fire suppression, construction, trades, mechanical, other emergency services, fire prevention, Military, Coast Guard, large vehicle/heavy equipment operation, water rescue, SCUBA diving (an asset)
  • Skilled Trade License or Certification (an asset)
  • Community College diploma in Fire Protection Engineering Technician/ Technology Program (an asset)
  • University Degree or College Diploma (an asset)
  • NFPA or related training or certifications
  • Demonstrated Coaching, Teaching, Mentoring, and, Leadership skills
  • Volunteer and/or community involvement
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to handle intense and sustained physical effort necessary to perform firefighting duties safely
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Fire Code and Ontario Building Code
  • Be able to understand and communicate clearly (orally and written) in English.
  • Ability to communicate in a 2nd Language is considered an asset
  • Good Mechanical abilities
  • Ability to act quickly and remain calm under duress and strain
  • Thorough knowledge of the operation of all apparatus, equipment, and methods used in combating, extinguishing, preventing fires, and rescue work
  • Be able to respond to fire calls within a reasonable amount of time

If you are selected to move forward in the process, you will be contacted by phone or email to attend an interview.

Selection will be based on a rating system from the interview process. Should you be the top candidate(s) from the interview stage, you will move forward to the next step of the recruitment process: a conditional offer.

Conditional Offer

Successful candidates will be extended a conditional offer of employment as Probationary Firefighters. The offer of employment is conditional upon the following being provided:

  • Satisfactory Employment Reference Check;
  • Criminal Record Search, Vulnerable Sector Screening that is acceptable to the City of Owen Sound from the Police Service where you reside at the time of the interview;
  • Clean Driver’s Abstract; and
  • Comprehensive Medical Protocol confirming your physical ability to perform the duties of a Firefighter. This protocol includes a complete medical, physical examination; an ECG; a Chest X-Ray; and a Pulmonary Function Test;
  • Valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service (CTS) certificates, including Stage One, Two (Hearing, Vision and Encapsulated Treadmill) and Three (Technical Skills and Physical Aptitude);

Preference will be given to applicants that provide valid CTS certificates during the application process. Please visit www.ofai.ca for more information on their candidate testing program. If you have any questions, please get in touch with OFAI directly at 905-426-6756 or info@ofai.ca.

Note: Candidates will be responsible for any expenses associated with the application, CTS testing, and offer process.

Contact Us

City of Owen Sound Human Resources

Fire Recruitment: hrjobposting@owensound.ca

Please note that the City is currently undergoing a Corporate-Wide Service Level Review. Therefore, potential reporting alignment or the duties and accountabilities are subject to modification.

The City of Owen Sound is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, valuing and respecting diversity. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. We will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians Disabilities Act, in all aspects of the hiring process, upon request. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act and will only be used for candidate selection.

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