City of Welland-Probationary Firefighter


The City of Welland requires all candidates to hold valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Program Stage 1, 2 and 3 and swim test certificates.  You must possess valid Stage 1, 2 and 3 at time of application.  Swim test certificates must be valid at time of offer.

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

This recruitment closes February 3, 2022. Questions regarding Welland's recruitment process should be directed to Welland.

Probationary Fire Fighter Job Posting

Position: Probationary Fire Fighter
Department: Welland Fire and Emergency Services             
Salary Range: $74,115

This job profile reflects the general requirements necessary to perform the primary functions of the job. This does not include all work requirements of the job. 

The City of Welland is looking for new Probationary Fire Fighters to join Welland Fire and Emergency Services.  As an equal opportunity employer, the City values all potential applicants, and encourages those in the BIPOC, LGBTQ+ or other under-represented demographics to consider an incredibly rewarding reward career with Welland Fire and Emergency Services. 

Working in an Incident Command System, the Fire Fighter’s role is to protect life and property through firefighting, emergency medical and other types of emergency incidents, often performed under conditions, which require strenuous physical exertion.  Fire Fighters are also expected to provide excellent customer service as well as supporting all 3 lines of defense, being Public Education, Fire Safety Standards and Enforcement, and Emergency Response.

Fire Fighters are expected to maintain a high standard of professionalism, solve problems, work as part of a dynamic team and possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.  Teamwork is very important; Fire Fighters live and work together in close quarters throughout their 24-hour shift.  This requires all team members to depend on each other to perform their duties successfully whether having to share routine tasks at the fire station, providing services at an emergency scene, or providing service assistance to other agencies and/or the public.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of NFPA 1001-Fire Fighter I and II certified, education and training program from an accredited institution.
  • Possess valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service Stage 1, 2 and 3 and swim test certificates. Swim test certificates are not required to apply, but must be valid at time of offer
  • Possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or academic equivalent.
  • Possess valid and current Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.
  • Possess a valid and unrestricted Ontario class “D” driver’s license with a “Z” air brake endorsement and a driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behaviour. Applicants with 6 or more demerit points are ineligible for consideration. A driver’s abstract will be required at the conditional offer stage and will be run by the City.
  • Possess a satisfactory Police Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. Please note that successful candidates will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check dated within the last 30 days as a condition of employment
  • Be able to understand and communicate clearly in English under stressful conditions, both oral and written.
  • The ability to work cooperatively as a member of an effective and professional team.
  • Have a strong desire to serve the community and a strong work ethic.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

Preference may be given to those who possess any of the following:

  • Two years experience as a municipal fulltime Fire Fighter in a municipal fire department; or
  • Minimum 3 years continuous volunteer Fire Fighting experience in a municipal fire department
  • University degree or college diploma.
  • NFPA 1072 or 1006 Certification and/or training at the Operations level or higher
  • Fire Fighter experience (volunteer or career).
  • Fluency in languages other than English.
  • Trade apprenticeship or certification.
  • Medical training or experience (i.e., Paramedic, Nursing etc.).
  • Emergency Medical Responder certification.
  • Other relevant specialized training, qualifications, or experience.
  • Demonstrated community service and/or volunteer involvement.

Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Information:

The City requires all candidates to hold valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Program Stage 1, 2 and 3 and swim test certificates.  You must possess valid Stage 1, 2 and 3 at time of application.  Swim test certificates must be valid at time of offer.

Please visit for additional information on the Candidate Testing Program.  If you have any questions regarding the Candidate Testing Program, please contact OFAI directly at 905-426-6756 or

Important Notes:

  • Only those applicants selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted. 
  • Resumes and cover letters will only be accepted online.  The City will not accept applications delivered in person or by mail.
  • Applicants must possess all necessary certifications outlined in this posting at time of application.  Applicants who are in the process of obtaining required certifications will not be considered.  The only exception is the OFAI swim test certificate which must be valid at time of offer.
  • Applicants are responsible for all costs (i.e.: certificates, testing, travel, medical etc.) throughout the recruitment process.
  • Completion of the OFAI certificate does not guarantee applicants will move forward in the recruitment process.
  • Successful candidates will be required to successfully complete a medical screening that is satisfactory to the City including proof of the full COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedure. The medical examination will include a medical review and physical completion forms, Vision Scanner, Urinalysis and Audiogram. The medical will be based on the latest edition of NFPA 1582 “Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments”.
  • Accommodation requests for new hires that are unable to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for reasons protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code, must be made in writing to the Human Resources department.
  • Prior to starting your application, please carefully read the job description and recruitment timeline.
  • Fire fighter recruitments attract a high volume of applicants. The City is unable to respond to individual inquiries during or after the recruitment process.  Please do not call the City, Human Resources or the Fire department. If you do have an inquiry, please email your inquiry to

If you are interested in a career as a Probationary Fire Fighter with the City of Welland, please visit our website for further information and to apply no later than 16:00 on Thursday, February 3, 2022.  

The City of Welland is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. In addition, the City of Welland is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Should you require any accommodations, we will work to meet your needs.

All applications are held in strict confidence. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, we will only contact those selected for an interview. 

No phone calls, please.

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is for employment assessment purposes only.

City of Welland Probationary Career Fire Fighter Recruitment Timeline

This is a guideline and is intended for reference purposes only. All dates and stages are subject to change at the discretion of the City. Only a select number of candidates will proceed through each stage of the recruitment process.

The City of Welland is committed to the establishment of a workforce which reflects the diversity of the community it serves and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will be selected through the following process.

Commencement of Recruitment

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Deadline for Applications

Thursday, February 3, 2022 – 16:00

1st Interview

Early February 2022

Interviews will be conducted over a period of 2-3 weeks. Interviews will be conducted by a Selection Committee who will interview selected candidates based on qualifications.

2nd Interview, additional screening, testing and/or assessments

Late February and Early March 2022

Any additional screening, testing and/or assessments deemed necessary by the Selection Committee will be conducted over this period.

Conditional Offers of Employment

Mid March 2022

Candidates selected for employment will be notified with a conditional offer of employment.

Confirmed Offers of Employment

Once candidates have successfully met all conditions of employment, candidates will receive a confirmed offer of employment.

Successful candidates are subject to a twelve (12) month probationary period. Performance Evaluations will be conducted a minimum of four times during the probationary period.

Employment Start Date

The anticipated start date is April or May 2022

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