City of Oshawa-Probationary Firefighter

Important Notes from Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI)

You must have valid certificates for Stages One, Two, Three and a Swim Test to apply to the City of Oshawa.

Please Note: Applicants must hold valid OFAI certificates for Stage One, Two and Three at the time of application. Swim Test must be completed by May 28, 2018.  You are not required to submit the Swim Test certificate, however you must be prepared to produce a valid certificate upon request.  

As each seating fills, we will add additional seats. For example, we are currently booking tests at 4:00PM and 1:00PM. When these time slots are full, we will add additional seats. We are unable to schedule appointment times. It is first come, first served.
OFAI does not submit candidate certificates or applications to the City of Oshawa. Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to the City of Oshawa with all the necessary requirements, as per the instructions in their job posting.  The job posting can be found at:
The posting closes May 9, 2018 at 4:30PM. Questions regarding the City of Oshawa recruitment process should be directed to Oshawa.
Information about OFAI's Candidate Testing Program can be found by clicking on the following links:
To access our Frequently Asked Questions, visit

City of Oshawa, located just a short 30-minute drive from Toronto, is a progressive city of 157,000 people and is the economic engine of the eastern Greater Toronto Area. Our strategic pursuit of sustainable growth, excellent community service delivery and co-operative partnerships have enhanced our quality of life advantage, while maintaining a strong commitment to fiscal restraint.

Posting Number:  001682  

Job Title: Fire Fighter 

City: Oshawa Province: Ontario          

Employment Group: IAFF 465   Wage Rate:   $68,717 - $98,167   

Standard Weekly Hours of Work:  42.00   

Shift Work Required:  Yes

Posting End Date:  2018/05/09 by 4:30pm

Job Description

Oshawa Fire Services, is seeking motivated individuals to join our Fire Services team. The Fire Fighter - Probationer is required to work as part of a professional team and will operate and maintain firefighting apparatus, equipment, and fire stations; combat fires; perform rescue work; administer designated emergency medical procedures/aid; fulfill duties of call-taker/dispatcher as required; inspect properties and equipment for fire hazards; participate in public education programs and continually upgrade skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards. 

Fire Fighters are required to work all days of the week including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in shifts that are 24 hours in length, which totals 168 hours over a four-week period. The 24 hour shift structure is being implemented on a trial basis at this time. There are currently six fire stations located throughout the City of Oshawa. Staff may be assigned or transferred to any station at any time. Fire Fighters are required to maintain membership in the Oshawa Fire Fighters Association, Local #465, of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

Job Requirements

To be eligible to compete in this competition, applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma O.S.S.D (Grade 12) or academic equivalent and successful completion of one of the following:

    o   Pre-services Firefighter Education and Training Program Certificate or;

    o   N.F.P.A. 1001 accredited program from a recognized institution or;

    o   O.F.M. curriculum components 1,2, and 3 with examination certificate or;

    o   Minimum two years’ experience as a full-time Firefighter in a municipal fire department

  • Minimum one year of prior full-time work experience.  Fire suppression, construction, trades, mechanical, emergency medical, large vehicle operation or fire prevention related experience is an asset.

  • Current Standard First Aid with HCP, CPR and AED.  Completion of higher level E.M.S training is an asset.

  • Possession and maintenance of a valid unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License, minimum class D.Z.  Applicants with more than six demerit points are ineligible for consideration.

  • Have no criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted. 

  • Have 20/30 vision in each eye without corrective lens

  • Normal colour vision

  • Normal unaided hearing

  • Specialized rescue courses are an asset.

  • Applicants must successfully complete Stage One, Two, Three and Swim Test of Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Program. Applicants must hold valid OFAI certificates for Stage One, Two and Three at the time of application. Swim Test must be completed by May 28, 2018.  You are not required to submit the Swim Test certificate, however you must be prepared to produce a valid certificate upon request.  For more information, please visit  (All costs associated with the test are the responsibility of the applicant).

  • Ability to work 24 hour shifts, including days/nights, weekends and holidays.

  • Must be fit and able to handle the sustained, intense physical and psychological effort required to perform duties of this position.

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, strong interpersonal and customer service skills for interacting with the public and internal City staff

  • Demonstrate initiative, mechanical aptitude and problem solving skills.

  • Speak, read and write English fluently, and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding conditions

Application Process

  1. Detailed resumes must be submitted electronically by accessing the City of Oshawa website at
  2. Applications which contain errors or omissions, or failure to follow procedural directions and meet deadlines at any stage of the recruiting process, will result in an application being disqualified.  Hard copies of resumes will not be accepted.
  3. Ensure that a valid e-mail address and phone number are provided; the majority of contact will be via email.  Please ensure that you check your junk e-mail to ensure that mail does not get lost in this folder.
  4. Please note that applicants will be required to provide proof of all qualifications; applicants will be notified when this is required.

Selection Process

  •  Personal expenses incurred as part of the selection process are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants for the City of Oshawa must hold valid OFAI certificates for Stage One, Two and Three at the time of application. Swim test must be completed by May 28, 2018.  You are not required to submit the Swim Test certificate, however you must be prepared to produce a valid certificate upon request.  For more information, please visit .

  • The process consists of the following stages:

    1.     Applicants holding a valid Ontario Fire Administration certificate (as noted above) are invited to apply electronically ( by the deadline date.

    2.     Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview and will be required at that time to provide three supervisory references.

    3.     Applicants who are offered a position will be required to undergo an employment medical exam.  Employment reference checks will be conducted, and candidates will be required (at their own expense) to provide a current Criminal Reference Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search, proof of a valid unrestricted D.Z. driver’s license and drivers abstract

We would like to thank all applicants however, please note that only those selected to attend an interview will be contacted and all other applicants will be kept on file.  Applicants are advised that written, oral and practical testing may form part of the selection process.

All applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes.  Please ensure that you check your email regularly to receive any correspondence.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC).  The City of Oshawa will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities and/or needs related to the OHRC.  Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


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