City of Waterloo-Probationary Firefighter(s)

The City of Waterloo requires that candidates possess a current, valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificate for Stage One, Stage Two Hearing, Stage Two Vision, Stage Two Encapsulated Treadmill Test and Stage Three. Consideration will be given to the availability of OFAI Testing Services.

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

This recruitment closes July 26, 2021 at 4:00PM. Questions regarding the City of Waterloo's recruitment process should be directed to Waterloo.

City of Waterloo

One of the World’s Top Intelligent Communities, Waterloo boasts a knowledge economy that is globally recognized and is home to major employers, global think-tanks, the country’s leading finance and insurance companies, and world renowned post-secondary institutions. Waterloo’s prosperity is at an all-time high and consistently outperforms provincial standards for wealth, educational attainment, and talent. From urban design and architecture awards to sustainability and economic development awards, Waterloo wins local, provincial and global acclaim as a premier destination for success.

Probationary Firefighter (s)

The City of Waterloo is seeking  Probationary Firefighter(s) to join the Waterloo Fire Rescue Team. Waterloo Fire Rescue is a diverse team of highly skilled and caring professionals who provide essential community based education, prevention and emergency response service that enhance public safety and quality of life.  Applicants who are prepared to shape our fire safe community and make a career commitment to community service, health and safety, and professional development are encouraged to apply to become a member of our diverse team.  


  • Perform fire suppression duties to extinguish and/or prevent fires to save life and property under emergency conditions
  • Aid and provide emergency medical response,  including performing rescue/extrication operations to prevent loss of life or further injury
  • Operate all equipment including pumps, hoses, manual ladders, mechanical ladders, generators, and automobile extrication equipment
  • Secure the emergency scene for the safety of the public and other firefighters
  • Drive and operate any WFR vehicles in accordance with policy and the Highway Traffic Act
  • Support the work team and allied agencies to maintain public safety
  • Perform station, equipment and vehicle maintenance
  • Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other relevant legislation
  • Comply with departmental policies, guidelines, and departmental rules and regulations
  • Provide excellent customer service as well as being leaders in public fire safety education.  Support fire prevention efforts by conducting demonstrations, public education,  inspections and investigations
  • Participate in training exercises and courses to continuously increase knowledge and skills to remain current
  • Must be psychologically and physically prepared to respond to emergencies of any kind
  • Other duties as may be required

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possess a current, valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificate of Stage One, Stage Two Hearing, Stage Two Vision, Stage Two Encapsulated Treadmill Test and Stage Three. Consideration will be given to the availability of OFAI Testing Services.
  • Candidates must meet the criteria required by the Ontario Fire Marshall and Emergency Management (OFMEM) firefighter certification in accordance with O.Reg. 379/18 firefighter Certification. Subject to the review of WFR applicants will normally have completed education or gained experience which will meet the criteria of the OFMEM within one of the following scenarios:
    • Have completed a pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training Program Certification recognized by the OFMEM that includes NFPA1001 firefighter 1 & 2 certification.
    • Has been NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 & 2 certified from an accredited program from a recognized institution, accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or the Pro Board.
    • As completed OFM curriculum components 1,2 and 3 with examination certificate and has received NFPA 1001 firefighter 1 & 2 certification.
    • Has received “grandfather” status / certification as a firefighter from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall in accordance to the O. Reg 379/18 Firefighter Certification
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD –Grade 12) or academic equivalency
  • Current certification as emergency medical responder or certification deemed equivalent as determined by WFR preferred.
  • Health Care Provider CPR Level C certificate
  • A genuine commitment and desire to serve the community and a strong work ethic
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a high degree of professionalism are required
  • Ability to take direction and work cooperatively in a team environment are valued attributes
  • Demonstrates ability to work within the City of Waterloo and WFR value system
  • Ability to problem solve, work collaboratively with others and work under high pressure in an emergency services setting.
  • Possess a valid Ontario DZ driver’s license at the time of hire
  • Candidates must meet the vision requirements as outlined in Chapter Six of NFPA 1582 : Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments in accordance with OFAI requirements.
  • Successful completion of psychological screening completed by a mental health professional of the employers choosing
    • Candidates will not be provided with the results of or feedback from their psychological assessment. 
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical  labour within high risk and hazardous environments
  • Must be able to work at heights or in a confined space as required
  • Ability to work on rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Free of any criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Possess a satisfactory Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Speak, read and write English fluently, and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding, high-pressure situations.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume through the online application process. For more details and to apply on-line, please visit the employment page of our website at:

Be You @ Waterloo

At the City of Waterloo, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. All interested and qualified candidates, including Indigenous persons, Black persons, non-Black racialized persons/persons of colour, women, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ and those interested in joining our team are encouraged to apply.


The City of Waterloo is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive, and barrier-free. Accommodations in accordance with the Human Rights Code and other applicable legislation are available throughout all stages of the recruitment process. For accommodation during the application process, applicants are requested to make their needs known via email at, quoting the position and competition number. Applicants advanced through to subsequent stages of the recruitment process will be provided with additional opportunities to make their needs known.

Job Posting Deadline: July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

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