City of Kitchener-Probationary Firefighter

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You must have Stages One, Two and Three to apply to the City of Kitchener.  The Ontario Fire Administration Inc. does not submit your certificates or application to Kitchener. Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to the City of Kitchener with all the necessary requirements as per the requirements in their job posting.  Their job posting can be found at:

This posting closes February 15, 2019. Questions regarding the City of Kitchener recruitment process should be directed to Kitchener 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:

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Competition Number: #1-KPFFA
RTH Number: 2018-322-325
Position Title: Probationary Firefighter

Position Overview 

If you are compassionate, customer-focused and motivated towards a challenging and rewarding career making a difference in our community, then this may be the opportunity for you.

A career in firefighting is a demanding and respected profession that offers an opportunity to provide valued services to the public.

The City of Kitchener’s Fire Department is currently accepting resumes to establish a pool of qualified candidates for all vacancies for the position of Probationary Firefighter.

Kitchener Firefighters pride themselves in serving our community. They provide essential services through education, prevention and suppression.



  • NFPA 1001-Firefighter I & II from a recognized pre-service Firefighter Education and Training Program or from an accredited program from a recognized institution
  • Successful completion of all three stages of the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Service prior to March 4, 2019
  • Valid and current First Aid training equivalent to Emergency First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder and Health Care Provider CPR. Candidates must have the medical skills required to successfully pass the OFAI Stage Three Firefighter Technical Skills Medical Modality
  • Outstanding employment record
  • Must have the ability to support and project values compatible with the organization
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Possess the ability to deal with difficult individuals, in a courteous and effective manner
  • Commitment to working effectively in a team environment
  • Upon hire must provide proof of a valid Class “DZ” driver’s license deemed acceptable by the City of Kitchener

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • Previous Firefighter experience
  • NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator
  • NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector
  • Knowledge of firefighting equipment, terminology and practice
  • Previous related work experience
  • Demonstrated community service involvement
  • Certified trade training or experience
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Other relevant specialized training/qualifications

Please Note:

  • Employment is conditional upon the provision of a satisfactory and current Police Vulnerable Sector Check dated NO EARLIER THAN March 15, 2019. Any related costs are the sole responsibility of the applicant
  • As part of the selection process candidates may be requested to submit to additional screening tests  

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed three (3) pages
  3. To avoid disqualification, your resume must be in the following format and order:
  • Work Experience
  • General Education
  • Community Involvement or Volunteer Experience
  • Fire Related Education and Related Courses

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and thank all applicants in advance. Accommodations are available during all stages of the recruitment process in accordance with the Human Rights Code.

Please note that as per Human Resources Policy #II-110, “Employment of Relatives of Staff Members and Elected Officials”:
“The immediate relatives of staff of the Human Resources Division, all Directors, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, or the Chief Administrative Officer and Elected Officials shall not be employed by the City in any capacity.

The immediate relatives of all other Management personnel shall not be employed where such employment would be:
1. within the same Department in the case of permanent full-time, temporary full-time and part-time classifications.
2. within the same Division in the case of students.”

Department: Community Services
Division: Fire
Union Affiliation: KPFFA
Job Status: Full Time Permanent
Hours of Work: 24 hour shift schedule
Posting Added Date: 1/14/2019
Posting Closing Date: 2/15/2019
Posting Closing Time: 11:59PM
Internal Posting Closing Date: 2/15/2019
Progress Status: Receiving Applications

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