Probationary Firefighter-City of North Bay

Important Notes from Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI)
North Bay requires all candidates to hold valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Program Stage 1, 2 and 3 certificates.  You must possess valid certificates for Stage 1 and Stage 2,  Hearing and Vision assessments, at time of application. Candidates must successfully complete all stages of the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services program (OFAI CTS), by time of hire, and be prepared to submit all related certificates.
OFAI does not submit candidate certificates or applications to the city of North Bay. Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to the City of North Bay with all the necessary requirements, as per the instructions in their job posting below, and as listed on their website at:

This recruitment closes February 19, 2021. Questions regarding the City of North Bay's recruitment process should be directed to North Bay. 

North Bay’s Fire and Emergency Service is accepting applications for full-time, permanent Probationary Firefighters, working in the Suppression Division.  North Bay is a vibrant and progressive City situated between Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake in Ontario’s beautiful Near North. This growing city of 51,000 residents is conveniently located just three and a half hours from Toronto and Ottawa.   The North Bay Fire Department proudly serves a diverse population in North Bay.  Similarly, we are committed to building an inclusive work environment that supports, respects, and values individuals for their unique identity, experiences, perspectives, talents, and contributions.  We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to submit an application for consideration.

Our employees work to protect the lives, property, and environment of the City of North Bay from the adverse effects of emergency incidents. North Bay Fire and Emergency Services incorporates the values of service excellence, safety, integrity, professionalism, communication, teamwork and respect. In order to provide the best service to the public, we are committed to the training, education and the well-being of each and every member of our team.

Firefighting is a demanding and respected profession that offers an opportunity to provide valued services to the public.  We are seeking individuals who embrace the delivery model for fire protection that is based on the three lines of defense against fire:

          1.       Public Fire Safety Education

          2.       Fire Safety Standards and Enforcement

          3.       Emergency Response

Firefighters are expected to maintain a high standard of professionalism, integrity, credibility, problem solving, be able to work as part of a dynamic team and possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

If you are committed to serving your community and helping people, are willing to continuously train and learn, and work well in a team environment, you may be an ideal candidate for a career with North Bay Fire and Emergency Services.

You must be physically fit and psychologically prepared to handle the sustained, intense, physical and mental demands often required to perform the duties of a firefighter in our service.

Duties and Responsibilities (General):

Following the chain of command, the firefighter reports to and is under the general direction and supervision of a Fire Captain and the Platoon Chief.

The General Duties and Responsibilities for the position of Firefighter include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform public education and public relations
  • Participate in fire safety inspections
  • Develop pre-incident plans
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development
  • Perform firefighter safety practices
  • Perform fire ground operations
  • Perform rescue operations
  • Perform hazardous materials and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear operations
  • Provide emergency patient care
  • Operate and maintains fire apparatus
  • Maintain fire equipment
  • Perform communication duties
  • Perform administrative duties
  • Other Duties and Responsibilities as may be assigned

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I and II certified from an accredited program from a recognized institution, accredited by the International Fire Services Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or Pro Board (must be complete with seals)
  • Must have successfully completed all phases of the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services program (OFAI CTS), by time of hire, and be prepared to submit all related certificates.
  • Valid Standard First Aid and “Basic Rescuer” CPR (Level C) or better
  • Valid Class "D" Ontario Driver’s Licence with "Z" endorsement
  • Have a pardon if previously convicted of a criminal offence
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must be able to work a 24 hour shift schedule that involves working weekends and holidays, averaging 42 hours per week
  • Be available to respond and report to the fire station in an emergency situation within 30 minutes when off duty
  • Willingness and ability to work in extremely adverse and dangerous situations and under stressful conditions
  • Initiative
  • Problem solving/analytical skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to effectively prioritize tasks/demands, as appropriate
  • Must be familiar with the legislation/regulations that apply to this position
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal/Interaction skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work and positively interact within a diverse work environment
  • Commitment to personal and professional development and in continuing training and education through ongoing learning

Note: Prior to a conditional job offer candidates will be required to pass a psychological suitability and resiliency assessment.

What would make a preferred applicant?

We actively seek candidates who possess skills, certifications and education that are over and above our minimum requirements:

  • University degree, Community College Diploma or Trade Certification in any discipline recognized by the Ontario College of Trades
  • EMCA Designation
  • Advanced emergency medical training
  • Advanced technical rescue training
  • Advanced hazardous materials training
  • Previous experience in emergency services, construction, trades mechanical, large vehicle operation, military (please define if experience is full-time/part-time/seasonal)
  • Community service involvement (please define role and commitment level e.g., yearly, monthly, weekly) 
  • Computer literacy, utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Coaching/Teaching/Counselling/Recreation Leadership

Join Our Team!

To begin the recruitment process, you should familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements of this opportunity. Please carefully review the recruitment package before submitting your application. Incorrect or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.  Submissions must follow the format referenced in the posting.  Applicants must possess all necessary certifications outlined in this posting at the time of application. Applicants who are in the process of obtaining required certifications will not be considered.

To apply and proceed through the recruitment and selection process candidates must have and maintain an active email address. It is the candidates’ responsibility to provide and maintain current contact information including telephone number.

Please submit your resume and supporting documentation as one PDF file only.    For ease of review, applicants must submit qualifications in the following order:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume formatted in the following order:
  1. Profile
  2. Work Experience
  3. Formal Education
  4. Professional Qualifications (Licences, certifications, etc.)
  5. Community Involvement
  6. Any other relevant information
  • Valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services certificates for Stage One, Stage Two Vision Assessment and Stage Two Hearing Assessment (Note that Candidates must have valid OFAI certificates for all three stages at time of conditional offer and must be prepared to submit all related certificates)
  • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I and II, IFSAC or Pro Board Certificate
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C Certificate

Please submit your resume no later than Friday, February 19th, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. to: firerecruitment@northbay.caIf you require assistance with the application process, please email:

Applications and all required documentation will only be accepted online. The City of North Bay will not accept applications delivered in person or by mail.  By submitting your application, you are authorizing the City of North Bay to contact the OFAI to verify your qualifications.

You will receive an automated reply confirming that your application has been received by the City. Please check your junk or spam folder if you do not see this confirmation email in your inbox. The City of North Bay is not responsible for any application that may be delayed or lost electronically.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the City of North Bay receives his/her application within the stipulated deadline.

Fire Fighter recruitment attract a high volume of applicants. Only those candidates selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted, we kindly request that you do not contact the Human Resources Department or Fire Services.

At the conditional offer stage a driver’s abstract demonstrating safe and reliable driving behavior, a clear criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening, and proof of education will be required.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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