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Although “Minimum Qualifications” vary considerably from city to city and recruitment to recruitment, the following information is designed to provide a solid understanding of the often required qualifications and the possible preferred qualifications.




Minimum Qualifications:

· Legally entitled to work in Canada

· Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent

· Valid First Aid and C.P.R.

· Valid, Unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License (G)

· Have a DZ License by the interview or shortly after hire

· No more than 6 demerit points (usually)

· Valid Physical Fitness Assessment (usually)

· Vision 20/30 uncorrected

· Excellent hearing without the use of artificial aids

· Clear Criminal Record Search and Vulnerable Sector Screening


Preferred Qualifications:

· Pre-Service Firefighter or NFPA 1001—Firefighter I & II

· Certified Firefighter or Certified Career Firefighter

· Firefighter experience (volunteer or professional)

· Specialized Rescue training and/or experience

· Hazardous Materials

· Fire Technology education

· Medical Training (i.e. paramedic)

· Mechanical training and/or experience

· Building Construction training and/or experience

· Heavy Equipment training and/or experience

· Electrical education and/or experience

· Post-secondary education

· Ability to swim

· Excellent communication, customer service and interpersonal skills

· Community Involvement

· Second Language, including Sign Language

· Ability to work in a team environment


Eastern & Western Canada


In some cities, Fire Departments require duo-trained candidates…

EMT-P (Paramedic) and NFPA 1001—Firefighter I & II. 


Required Qualifications:

· NFPA 1001 - Firefighter I & II

· High School Diploma or equivalent

· Class 3 Driver's License with Air Brake endorsement

· Clear Driver's Abstract (6 or less demerit points)

· Clear Criminal Record Check with V.S.S.

· Physical Fitness Assessment

· Medical Fitness Assessment

· Vision of 20/30 uncorrected

· Valid First Aid and C.P.R.

· Excellent skills in communication, interpersonal relations and customer service

· Ability to work in a team environment


Preferred Qualifications:

· Fire-related work experience (volunteer or professional)

· Specialized Fire Courses (Wildland, Aircraft, Industrial)

· Post-secondary Education

· Specialized Rescue training

· Hazardous Materials training

· Building Construction training or experience

· Mechanical training or experience

· Heavy Equipment operation training or experience

· Ability to swim

· Fluency in a second language or sign language

· Community involvement

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