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. Must qualify for a Class DZ License as per the Ministry of Transportation's requirements for condition of employment.
  • A minimum of secondary school graduation (grade 12).
  • 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 successful completion of a community college aptitude test, which establishes a person’s learning potential to that of a grade 12 graduate, as proof of Grade 12.

Successful completion of a degree or diploma from a post secondary institution, or a journeyman certificate supersedes the secondary school (grade 12) requirement.

Applicants will be required to provide proof of education with their application.

Employment Equity

 An applicant’s ancestry/colour/race, place of origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, marital status, family status, disability, age or record of offences are not components in the selection process.  The City of Thunder Bay is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.

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, rope rescue and water/ice rescue.

The Thunder Bay Fire Rescue recruiting process involves hundreds of interested candidates considering firefighting 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.

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