City of Cambridge-Probationary Firefighter

Important Notes from Ontario Fire Administration Inc.

You must have valid certificates for Stages One, Two, Three and a Swim Test to apply to the City of Cambridge. Swim test dates are limited to the following dates only:

Tuesday December 13, 2016, Balmoral Recreation Complex

As each seating fills, we will add additional seats. For example, currently we are booking tests at 1:00pm. When that time slot fills, we will add a 2:00pm seating. We are unable to schedule appointment times. It is first come, first served.

The Ontario Fire Administration Inc. does not submit your certificates or application to Cambridge.  Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to the City of Cambridge with all the necessary requirements as per the instructions in their job posting.  Their job posting can be found at:

Questions regarding the City of Cambridge recruitment process should be directed to Cambridge directly.  Questions and information regarding the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Program and Certificates can be found on this website by clicking on the following links:

Candidate Information - Stage Testing Process
Pre-Assessment Guides - This is a required piece of reading material for all candidates.
To access our Frequently Asked Questions, visit

Cambridge is a thriving city located in Canada’s rich industrial heartland of Southern Ontario. We are strategically located astride Highway 401 and minutes from major metropolitan cities. Our quality of life makes Cambridge a fine place to call home for over 130,000 citizens. Cambridge offers historic, small-town charm with diverse recreational facilities, trails and parkland, a wide range of arts, culture and theatre events and attractions throughout the year and a strong future of continued cultural, residential, commercial and industrial growth and development. Our distinctive 19th century architecture offers a beautiful backdrop for shopping, dining and colourful festivals. More information is available on the City of Cambridge web site at

There is currently an opening for a Fire Fighter (Probationary Level) position within the Cambridge Fire Department.

Hours of Work: This position requires working rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays.


  1. Working within a team environment to “Save Lives, Prevent Injury, Protect Property” through emergency response and public fire and life safety duties.
  2. Responsible for firefighting entailing the combating, extinguishing and preventing of fires, and the saving of life and property.
  3. Rapidly and efficiently performing various duties under emergency conditions frequently involving considerable hazard and strenuous physical exertion.
  4. Responding to fire alarms or other emergencies, laying and connecting hose, directing water streams, and using extinguishers and all other department equipment necessary for the efficient performance of the duties.
  5. Responsible for station maintenance and upkeep of firefighting equipment and fire department property.
  6. Responsible for upgrading and maintaining skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards.
  7. Drives and/or operates any vehicle or equipment as assigned.
  8. Provides excellent customer service as well as being a leader in public fire and life safety education through participation in public relations projects involving visits, displays, lectures, demonstrations,parades, etc.
  9. Assists with on-the-job training of other firefighters.
  10. Performs inspections and assessments related to fire prevention duties.
  11. Adheres to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal Laws, Regulations, By-laws as well as all departmental and Corporate Policies and Procedures.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


In order to be considered for a career as a Firefighter, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older and legally entitled to work in Canada (citizen/landed immigrant).
  • Able to understand and communicate clearly in oral and written English.
  • At least 20/30 corrected binocular vision and satisfactory colour and peripheral vision and uncorrected hearing.
  • Free of any criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted.  Possess a satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.  Please note that successful candidates will be required to provide a satisfactory criminal record check dated within the last thirty (30) days as a condition of employment.
  • Speak, read and write English fluently and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding, high pressure.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Possess a First Responder Certificate with HCP-level, CPR and AED dated not more than twelve (12) months prior to the closing date of application and maintained current within twelve (12) months throughout the recruitment and selection process.
  • Possess a secondary school graduation certificate or equivalent.
  • Possess at least one of the following credentials:
  • Pre-Service Fire Fighter Education and Training Program Certification, or
  • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I and II Certified from an accredited program from a recognized institution, accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or the Pro Board, or
  • OFM curriculum components 1, 2 and 3 with examination certificate, or
  • Minimum two years’ experience as a full-time fire fighter in a municipal fire department, or
  • Minimum five years’ experience as a part-time fire fighter in a municipal fire department.
  • Possess a valid, unrestricted Class “DZ” Driver’s License by the interview stage.  Provision of a driver’s abstract with fewer than three (3) CVOR demerit points and/or infractions for three years within the last thirty (30) days from when requested will be required as a condition of employment.
  • Must possess certificates from the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. ( Candidate Testing Services (Stages 1, 2, 3 and Swim Test) maintained current throughout the recruitment and selection process.
  • Demonstrated community service involvement.
  • The Fire Chief will determine equivalency for internal candidates.

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

Additional courses, education or training that are related to fire or emergency services would be considered definite assets. These include post-secondary education, trades qualifications or fire protection engineering programs.

We value skills or experiences such as previous firefighting or emergency service experience, certification such as AEMCA, coaching and volunteer work, additional languages, driving heavy vehicles and the operation of heavy equipment.

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment are very important.

This position has an annual salary of $49,690 (55% of 1st Class Fire Fighter 2014 Rate).  A comprehensive benefit program is available.

We invite qualified candidates to apply for this position by visiting: by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15, 2016.

We thank all who apply, however, only those who will be interviewed will be contacted.

If you require support or accommodation due to a disability, please contact or 519-740-4680, extension 4379.

Personal information in relation to the recruitment and hiring process is collected under the authority outlined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  This information will be used to determine eligibility for employment with the City of Cambridge only.  If you have any questions about this collection of personal information, you can contact the Freedom of Information and Privacy Co-ordinator, Clerks Division, at 519-740-4680, extension 4583.

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