The City of Pickering requires that qualified candidates must hold valid and current certificates for Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service (CTS) Stage One, Two, and Three, including the Swim Test. All certifications must be valid until the closing date of January 19, 2024. (All costs associated with the test are the responsibility of the applicant).

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

Questions regarding Pickering’s recruitment process should be directed to Pickering. This recruitment closes on January 19, 2024.

Employment Opportunity

The City of Pickering is committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace and strives to foster a sense of belonging, empowerment and respect among all employees and community members. We recognize and value that diverse perspectives, skills, backgrounds, and lived experiences contribute to the growth and strength of our organization and community. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples and equity-deserving communities including women, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQI+, and other diverse communities.

Probationary Firefighter

The incumbent is responsible for responding to emergency incidents of various types in an effective and efficient manner to protect the health, welfare and property of the citizens of Pickering. Other responsibilities include training, pre-incident planning, station and vehicle maintenance, and promoting community safety through fire prevention and public education programs.

Successful applicants will possess the following:

  • Successful completion of secondary school education and a post secondary certificate in a Pre- Service Firefighter Education & Training Program from a recognized College, or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience
  • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter Level I and Level II, IFSAC or Pro Board
  • Previous emergency services experience may be considered an
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and analyze potential risks
  • Must be medically and physically fit to perform prolonged and/or dangerous work sometimes under adverse conditions and to meet the agility requirements of the job and be willing to maintain this level.
    o   Qualified candidates must hold valid and current Ontario Fire Administration inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service (CTS) Stage One, Two, and Three, including the Swim Test. All certifications must be valid until the closing date of January 19, 2024. For more information, please visit (All costs associated with the test are the responsibility of the applicant).
  • Must possess a valid Class “D” Ontario Driver’s Licence with “Z” endorsement and provide consent for a Driver’s Abstract. A clean driving record is preferred.
  • Must hold current Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR-C
  • Must be willing to participate in the Emergency Medical Responder training
  • Must be willing to participate in computer-based training
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in the English
  • Strong interpersonal/customer service skills to deal with the public in a professional manner sometimes under stressful and chaotic conditions.
  • Knowledge of the geographical street locations of the Municipality as well as the location of municipal building and fire hydrants preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of personal computers and Windows based computer
  • Ability to safely operate mechanical equipment including hydraulic, electrical, hand equipment and tools an asset.
  • Must be prepared to undergo a Criminal Reference check as a condition of
  • Must be willing to work on rotating shifts; currently a 24 hour shift system which includes weekends and holidays.

Compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package, pension plan, and an annual salary of $66,058.20.

Qualified candidates may complete an online Firefighter application form no later than January 19, 2024. Please do not email, fax or send hard copies of your resume/application. Please attach your cover letter and resume in PDF format directly to the online application form.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted by Human Resources and will be required to bring supporting documents at the time of interview.

In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act and is used for the purpose of candidate selection.

The City of Pickering is committed to inclusive and barrier-free employment practices, and to creating a workplace that reflects and supports the diversity of the community we serve. In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodations will be provided throughout the recruitment process where required. Documents can be made available in alternate formats upon request.

An Equal Opportunity Employer