Town of Oakville-Probationary Firefighter Recruitment

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 Town of Oakville. 
Swim test is limited to the following date:

As each seating fills, we will add additional seats. For example, we are currently booking tests at 5:30PM. When this time slot is full, we will add additional seatings. We are unable to schedule appointment times. It is first come, first served.

OFAI does not submit candidate certificates or applications to the Town of Oakville. Each candidate is required to submit their application directly to the Town of Oakville with all the necessary requirements, as per the instructions in their job posting.  The job posting can be found at:
The posting closes January 26, 2018. Questions regarding the Town of Oakville's recruitment process should be directed to the Town of Oakville.
Information about OFAI's Candidate Testing Program can be found by clicking on the following links:
To access our Frequently Asked Questions, visit

Town of Oakville-Probationary Firefighter

Pay Range: $65,910 (Probationary rate)
Closing Date:1/26/18
Job Designation: Probationary Firefighter (8 positions)   
Job Details: Full-Time Permanent OPFFA
Posting Status: Open to all current Town of Oakville employees and external applicants.                                           

The Town of Oakville is looking for new Probationary Fire Fighters to join the Oakville Fire Department.  Working in an Incident Command System, the Fire Fighter’s role is to protect life and property through firefighting, emergency medical and other types of emergency incidents, often performed under conditions, which require strenuous physical exertion.  Fire Fighters are also expected to provide excellent customer service as well as being leaders in public fire safety education.

Fire Fighters are expected to maintain a high standard of professionalism, solve problems, work as part of a dynamic team and possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.  Teamwork is very important; Fire Fighters live and work together in close quarters throughout their 24-hour shift.  This requires all team members to depend on each other to perform their duties successfully whether having to share routine tasks at the fire station, providing services at an emergency scene, or providing service assistance to other agencies and/or the public.

Minimum Qualifications:

To be considered, you must:

  • Have successfully completed ONE of the following:
  • Pre-service Fire Fighter education and training program certificate; or
  • NFPA 1001-Fire Fighter I and II certified, education and training program from an accredited institution; or
  • Two years’ experience as a municipal Fire Fighter in a municipal fire department; or
  • Minimum 5 years continuous volunteer Fire Fighting experience in a municipal fire department
  • Possess a valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificate and swim test certificate (see note below for details).
  • Possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or academic equivalent.
  • Have unaided visual acuity of 20/30 uncorrected in each eye with colour, depth and peripheral vision.
  • Possess valid and current Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.
  • Possess a valid and unrestricted Ontario class “D” driver’s license with a “Z” air brake endorsement and a driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behaviour.  Applicants with 6 or more demerit points are ineligible for consideration.  A driver’s abstract will be required at the conditional offer stage and must be dated within the last 30 days from when requested.
  • Possess a satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.   Please note that successful candidates will be required to provide a satisfactory criminal record check dated within the last 30 days as a condition of employment.
  • Be able to understand and communicate clearly in English under stressful conditions, both oral and written.
  • Have the ability to work cooperatively as a member of an effective and professional team.
  • Have a strong desire to serve the community and a strong work ethic.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • University degree or college diploma
  • Fire Fighter experience (volunteer or professional)
  • Fluency in languages other than English
  • Trade apprenticeship or certification
  • Working experience
  • Medical training or experience (i.e. Paramedic, Nursing etc)
  • Emergency Medical Responder certification
  • Other relevant specialized training, qualifications or experience
  • Demonstrated community service and/or volunteer involvement

Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Information:

To be considered for this recruitment, the town requires all applicants to successfully obtain a valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificate and swim test certificate prior to applying.  Please visit for additional information on the Candidate Testing Program.  If you have any questions regarding the Candidate Testing Program, please contact OFAI directly at 905-426-6756 or

Important Notes:

  • When applying online, you will receive an email confirmation that your resume and cover letter has been successfully received by the town.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 by the town.
  • Resumes and cover letters will only be accepted online.  The town 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 recruitments attract a high volume of applicants. The town is unable to respond to individual inquiries during or after the recruitment process.  Please do not call the town, Human Resources or Fire department.
  • Please visit the town’s website at to view Frequently Asked Questions and Key Dates.

If you are interested in a career as a Probationary Fire Fighter with the Town of Oakville, please submit your resume and cover letter online at in the current opportunities section no later than 4:00 pm on January 26, 2018.  

This job profile reflects the general details considered necessary to perform the principle functions and shall not be construed as an interpretation of all work requirements inherent in the job. Applicants are required to demonstrate in their applications and in the interview process that their qualifications for the position match those specified.  Applicants may be required to undergo a skills assessment.

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