City of Waterloo - Probationary Firefighter

The City of Waterloo requires valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificates for Stage One, Stage Two Hearing, Stage Two Vision, Stage Two Encapsulated Treadmill, and Stage Three.

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

This recruitment closes January 31, 2023 at 4:00PM. Questions regarding Waterloo's recruitment process should be directed to Waterloo.

City of Waterloo

One of the World’s Top Intelligent Communities, Waterloo boasts a knowledge economy that is globally recognized and is home to major employers, global think-tanks, the country’s leading finance and insurance companies, and world renowned post-secondary institutions. Waterloo’s prosperity is at an all-time high and consistently outperforms provincial standards for wealth, educational attainment, and talent. From urban design and architecture awards to sustainability and economic development awards, Waterloo wins local, provincial and global acclaim as a premier destination for success.

Probationary Fire Fighter

Do you have a genuine commitment and desire to serve the community? Do you have strong work ethic paired with the ability to problem solve, take direction, and work cooperatively in a team environment?  Do you have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain your professionalism in high pressure emergency services settings? If this sounds like you, a career with Waterloo Fire Rescue (WFR) may be just what you’re looking for!

We are excited to share that the City of Waterloo is currently accepting applications for Probationary Firefighter(s) to join our team. Waterloo Fire Rescue is a diverse team of highly skilled and caring professionals who provide essential community based education, prevention and emergency response services that enhance public safety and quality of life.  Applicants who are prepared to shape our fire safe community and make a career commitment to community service, health and safety, and professional development are encouraged to apply.


  • Perform fire suppression duties to extinguish and/or prevent fires to save life and property under emergency conditions
  • Aid and provide emergency medical response,  including performing rescue/extrication operations to prevent loss of life or further injury
  • Operate all equipment including pumps, hoses, manual ladders, mechanical ladders, generators, and automobile extrication equipment
  • Secure the emergency scene for the safety of the public and other firefighters
  • Drive and operate any WFR vehicles in accordance with policy and the Highway Traffic Act
  • Support the work team and allied agencies to maintain public safety
  • Perform station, equipment and vehicle maintenance
  • Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other relevant legislation
  • Comply with departmental policies, guidelines, and departmental rules and regulations
  • Provide excellent customer service as well as be a leader in public fire safety education
  • Support fire prevention efforts by conducting demonstrations, public education,  inspections and investigations
  • Participate in training exercises and courses to continuously increase knowledge and skills to remain current
  • Be psychologically and physically prepared to respond to emergencies of any kind
  • Other duties as may be required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificates for Stage One, Stage Two Hearing, Stage Two Vision, Stage Two Encapsulated Treadmill, and Stage Three
  • Candidates must meet the criteria required by the Ontario Fire Marshall and Emergency Management (OFMEM) firefighter certification in accordance with O.Reg. 379/18 firefighter Certification. Subject to the review of WFR, applicants will normally have completed education or gained experience which will meet the criteria of the OFMEM within one of the following scenarios:
    • Have completed a pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training Program Certification recognized by the OFMEM that includes NFPA1001 Firefighter 1 & 2 certification.
    • Has been NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 & 2 certified from an accredited program from a recognized institution, accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or the Pro Board.
    • Has completed OFM curriculum components 1,2 and 3 with examination certificate and has received NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 & 2 certification.
    • Has received “grandfather” status / certification as a firefighter from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall in accordance to the O. Reg 379/18 Firefighter Certification
  • NFPA1002 Pumper Operations certification is considered an asset
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD –Grade 12) or academic equivalency
  • Current certification as Emergency Medical Responder or certification deemed equivalent as determined by WFR (e.g. Nursing or Paramedic diploma)
  • Health Care Provider CPR Level C certificate
  • Valid Ontario DZ driver’s license in good standing
  • Candidates must meet the vision requirements as outlined in Chapter Six of NFPA 1582 : Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments in accordance with OFAI requirements
  • Successful completion of psychological screening completed by a mental health professional of the employers choosing

* Candidates will not be provided with the results of or feedback from their psychological assessment

  • Ability to perform strenuous physical labour within high risk and hazardous environments
  • Must be able to work at heights or in a confined space as required
  • Ability to work on rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Free of any criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Possess a satisfactory Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Speak, read and write English fluently, and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding, high-pressure situations
  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Experience and qualifications that serve as an asset with your application can include:

  • Current and significant community service and volunteer involvement
  • Demonstrated leadership experience where the applicant has informed or helped to make positive change in a community or workplace setting
  • Formal academic credentials and experience related to emergency management, community safety, fire prevention/suppression, or workplace health and wellness
  • Completion of higher-level medical training and experience
  • Full or part-time work experience in the areas of  fire suppression, fire prevention, construction, trades, or mechanical
  • Fluency in a second language or sign language
  • Additional consideration may also be given to those with demonstrated experience in the following areas: Policing, Military, EVT, Forest Firefighting, or other as determined by WFR

*Please be advised that appointment to any position and continued employment will be conditional upon your ability to pass a pre-employment medical examination, in addition to satisfactory reference checks, criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening, and driver’s abstract check.

Annual Salary Range

$64,085 (2022 rates)

Application Process

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter, Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certifications and copies of other relevant certification identified in this posting in one document through the online application process. For posting and application details please visit:

When applying online, please consider the following:

  • You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been successfully received.  Please check your junk or spam folder if you do not see this confirmation email in your inbox.
  • Only those applicants selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted.  For details of the recruitment timelines and process please visit our website.
  • Resumes and cover letters will only be accepted online.  The City will not accept applications delivered in person or by mail.
  • Applicants must possess all necessary certifications outlined in this posting at time of application.  Applicants who are in the process of obtaining required certifications will not be considered.
  • Applicants are responsible for all costs (i.e.: certificates, testing, travel, medical) throughout the recruitment process.
  • Completion of the OFAI certificate does not guarantee applicants will move forward in the recruitment process.

Firefighter recruitment attracts a high volume of applicants. As a result the City is unable to respond to individual inquiries during or after the recruitment process, and phone calls will not be accepted. 

Be You @ Waterloo

At the City of Waterloo, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. All interested and qualified candidates, including Indigenous persons, Black persons, non-Black racialized persons/persons of colour, women, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ and those interested in joining our team are encouraged to apply.


The City of Waterloo is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive, and barrier-free. Accommodations in accordance with the Human Rights Code and other applicable legislation are available throughout all stages of the recruitment process. For accommodation during the application process, applicants are requested to make their needs known via email at, quoting the position and competition number. Applicants advanced through to subsequent stages of the recruitment process will be provided with additional opportunities to make their needs known.

We’ve Got You Covered

The City of Waterloo strives to be an employer of choice for strong talent dedicated to serving our community, and offer the following:

  • Competitive wages and a fulsome employer paid benefits package, including paid sick leave, long-term disability, OMERS pension and an Employee and Family Assistance Program;
  • A staff team dedicated to fostering and advancing action to support the organization’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous Initiatives, Anti-Racism, Accessibility and Equity;
  • Substantial internal and external training and development opportunities;
  • Compassionate and caring organization that promotes and embraces a culture of health, safety and wellness;
  • Strong commitment to providing and maintaining a psychologically safe workplace that is respectful, inclusive, and where all individuals are valued;
  • Employee Purchase Programs (Corporate Cell Phone plans, Computer Purchase Plan, etc.);
  • City of Waterloo Staff Recreation Pass;
  • Anniversary milestone gifts for regular part-time and full-time staff; and,
  • So much more!

Job Posting Deadline: January 31, 2023 @ 4:00pm

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