City of Owen Sound-Full-time Firefighter Candidate Pool

Important Notes from Ontario Fire Administration Inc.

You must have valid certificates for Stages One, Two, and Three to apply to the City of Owen Sound.

The Ontario Fire Administration Inc. does not submit your certificates or application to Owen Sound.  Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to the City of Owen Sound 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 Owen Sound recruitment process should be directed to Owen Sound 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:

To view information on all stages, click 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

The Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services Department is currently recruiting candidates for a full-time Firefighter Candidate Pool. Successful applicants from the candidate pool will join a team of professionals responsible for combating and extinguishing fires, prevention of fires, protection of person and properties, emergency medical response, and carrying out water/ice rescue operations.
The Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services will be hosting an open house for interested candidates to attend to understand the City’s recruitment and selection process. The open house will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Fire Hall located at 1209 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON. N4K 2L6.
To be eligible for consideration you must:
  • Must successfully complete and be in possession of valid Candidate Testing Services Certificates from Ontario Fire Administration, all three(3) stages.
  • Have reached 18 years of age and be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Be able to understand and communicate clearly (orally and written) in English.
  • Have uncorrected 20/30 vision in each eye, satisfactory peripheral and colour vision, and hearing (without artificial aids) that meet the standards for safe firefighting.
  • Have received a secondary school graduation certificate or equivalent.
  • Be in possession of NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications certified by IFSAC (International Fire Service Accreditation Congress) or the Pro Board/ or related firefighting experience.
  • Hold and maintain a valid, unrestricted Ontario Driver’s Licence Class “D” with a “Z” endorsement (or out of province) or equivalent and a clean drivers abstract.
  • Hold a valid Standard First Aid and CPR “C” Level (Basic Rescuer) certificates.
  • Be able to handle intense and sustained physical effort necessary to safely perform firefighting duties.
  • Have no criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.
  • Be able to respond to fire calls within a reasonable amount of time.
Application Submission Requirements:
1. Ontario Fire Administration Inc. – All Candidate Testing Services (CTS) Certificates
2. Cover Letter and Resume in the format listed below
3. Valid copies of certificates and licenses
1. Ontario Fire Administration Inc. – Candidate Testing Services (CTS) Certificates
All candidates are required to submit CTS Certificates (3 stages) from the Ontario Fire Administration with their application. Ontario Fire Administration Inc. provides a standardized and uniform approach to the candidate testing process for candidates pursuing a firefighting career in municipal fire departments in Ontario.
The Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services (OFAI CTS) will enable those individuals whose aptitude, interpersonal skills, physical abilities and practical firefighting skills align with the needs of municipal fire services, to pass through the system. When a candidate successfully obtains their OFAI CTS certificate, they are ready to apply to the City of Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services. Only those candidates with valid CTS certificates will be considered.
Please visit the following website for Ontario Fire Administration Candidate Testing Information.
The Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Services (CTS) consists of six (6) steps:
The following outlines all of the OFAI assessments in Step Four which, if passed successfully, will enable you to receive your OFAI CTS certificates. These certifications will enable you to apply to City of Owen Sound Firefighter Candidate Pool. It is important to note that all candidates must follow the testing process as outlined, by each stage. Everyone starts at Stage One and continues through the process. If a candidate does not pass one assessment, they cannot continue to the next assessment. In addition, candidates will only pay for the assessments that they take.
Note: Transportation costs and any fees associated with the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. screening and testing will be the responsibility of the applicant.
2. Resume Format
Candidates are asked to submit a resume in the format outlined below:
  • A cover letter with your Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address and explanation of why you would like to work for the Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services.
  • A resume with your Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address and the following headings and corresponding information in list form below each heading: Education, Firefighting Experience, Employment Experience, Certificates & Licences (listing all required certificates and licences outlined above with expiration dates if applicable, including driver’s license and all other related certificates)
  • Fonts on cover letter and resume shall be 12pt.
3. Certificates
Candidates are asked to provide valid copies of all required certificates and licenses as well as any other related certificates listed on their resume.
The selection process:
  •  Applicants with all required CTS certificates will be short listed based on their application package and top scoring candidates will be invited to attend an interview.
  • Top scoring candidates from the interview process will be asked to complete a Work Personality Index Test
  • A ranked eligibility list of qualified candidates from the interview and work personality index testing phases of recruitment process will be developed.
  • Qualified candidates will be advised of their placement on the ranked eligibility list.
  • Vacant Fire Fighter positions will be filled through the ranked eligibility list.
Please be advised, the City of Owen Sound will be using both email and telephone to communicate with applicants regarding the candidate pool. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include a current phone number as well as current email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the candidate pool and your application will be removed from the process.
Interested candidates may submit the required documentation electronically between April 15 and no later than noon on June 3, 2016. We thank all applicants for their submission however only those invited to the interview will be contacted.
Human Resources Department
City of Owen Sound
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for the testing opportunity will be contacted. The City of Owen Sound is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
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