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Requirements

Men and women who can meet and maintain the following minimum requirements are encouraged to apply for a position as a City of Thunder Bay Firefighter.

In order to be considered you must:

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (for clarification contact the Corporation’s Human Resources Division at 625-3298) and be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess the prescribed physical and visual abilities and have the capacity to handle intense and sustained physical and mental effort
  • Must meet standards for visual acuity (Best-corrected—stable 20/20 binocular visual acuity with no less than 20/100 in the worse eye [soft or RGP contacts, glasses/lens inserts are all acceptable] and Un-corrected –stable 20/100 binocular visual acuity), normal colour vision and vision field testing.
  • Have a valid Ontario driver's licence and have a good driving record (6 demerit points or more may affect consideration). Must qualify for a Class DZ License as per the Ministry of Transportation’s requirements for condition of employment
  • Have completed Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Standard First Aid, CPR certification and defibrillation certification.
  • Successfully undergo the Police Records Check and the Corporation’s employment Medical examination

The Corporation will recognize the following as "an equivalent combination of education and experience":

  • Successful completion of a community college's aptitude test, which establishes a person's learning potential to that of a grade 12 graduate. The cost for the test must be paid for by the applicant.
  • Successful completion of a degree or diploma from a post secondary institution.
  • A trade or journeyman certificate.

No other situations will be deemed as equivalent. Applicants will be required to provide proof of minimum education (grade 12) or equivalent with their application.

An applicant's race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, age or record of offences are not components in the selection process. The Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Other Disqualification Factors
In addition to not meeting the above minimum qualifications, a candidate will be disqualified from the process if: 

  • False information is provided 
  • Incomplete forms are submitted 
  • Submissions are received past deadlines
  • No proof of minimum education provided

What Does It Take To Become A Firefighter?
The physical demands of the job are endless, as is the ability to absorb years of continuous education and training.

Being a firefighter is self-rewarding. Few professions allow you to put your life in jeopardy to save another. With this comes a feeling of great satisfaction when helping others.

The purpose of this guide is to help you decide if you have what it takes to become a firefighter.

You will be required to become skillful in the operation and use of a wide variety of specialized equipment used for hazardous material spills, low-level - high-level rescues, water/ice rescues.

The Thunder Bay Fire Rescue recruiting process involves hundreds of interested candidates considering fire fighting as a career. In order to ensure the hiring process is fair and impartial, we have adopted the following screening process.

  1. Written Aptitude Test
  2. Health & Medical Evaluation Fitness Assessment
  3. Job-Related Physical Fitness Testing
  4. Resume/Application Review  (Short-listing of Applicants)
  5. Interview
  6. Reference Checks

It is most important to remember that all candidates hired must successfully complete a twelve-month probation period to continue employment with the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue. Written examinations and practical evaluations are part of this process.