Town of Oakville-Probationary Firefighter


The Town of Oakville requires Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Service (CTS)  Stages 1, 2, 3 and Swim Test. You must possess valid Stage 1, 2and 3 at time of application.  Swim test certificates must be valid at time of offer.

Please click here for our current Swim Test dates, and important booking information.

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

This recruitment closes Tuesday October 26, 2021 at 12:00PM. Questions regarding the Town of Oakville's recruitment process should be directed to Oakville.

This job profile reflects the general requirements necessary to perform the principle functions of the job.  This does not include all of the work requirements of the job.  Applicants are required to demonstrate in their applications and in the interview process that may include a skills assessment, that their qualifications for the position match those specified. 

Job Designation:                              Probationary Fire Fighter
Department:                                      Fire Services       
Salary Range:                                   $70,412 (July 2021 Probationary rate)                                              

The Town of Oakville is looking for new Probationary Fire Fighters to join the Oakville Fire Department.  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 being leaders in public fire safety education.

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:

To be considered, you must:

  • Have successfully completed ONE of the following:
    • Pre-service Fire Fighter education and training program certificate; or
    • NFPA 1001-Fire Fighter I and II certified, education and training program from an accredited institution; or
    • Two years experience as a municipal Fire Fighter in a municipal fire department; or
    • Minimum 5 years continuous volunteer Fire Fighting experience in a municipal fire department
  • Possess valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service Stage 1, 2 and 3 and swim test certificates (see note below for details).
  • 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 must be dated within the last 30 days from when requested.
  • 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.
  • Have 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:

  • University degree or college diploma.
  • NFPA Operations or Technician Level Certificate in one or more of the following programs: rope rescue, confined space rescue, water/ice rescue, hazmat response.
  • Fire Fighter experience (volunteer or professional).
  • Fluency in languages other than English.
  • Trade apprenticeship or certification.
  • Working experience.
  • 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 town 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, 2and 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:

  • When applying online, you will receive an email confirmation that your resume and cover letter has been successfully received by the town.  Please check your junk or spam folder if you do not see this confirmation email in your inbox.
  • Only those applicants selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted by the town. 
  • Resumes and cover letters will only be accepted online.  The town 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 town including proof of the following vaccinations/immunizations:  Red Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles) commonly known as MMR; Tetanus/Diphtheria (must be current within 10 -12 years), Polio and Hepatitis B as well as full COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the town’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedure.
  • 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 visit the town’s Oakville Fire Recruitment page at and carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions and Key Dates.
  • Fire fighter recruitments attract a high volume of applicants. The town is unable to respond to individual inquiries during or after the recruitment process.  Please do not call the town, Human Resources or 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 Town of Oakville, please submit your resume and cover letter online at in the current opportunities section no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021.  

DATED:  October 8, 2021

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