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

QUALIFICATIONS:

 Education/Experience:

  • Secondary school graduation or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Two years of accumulated work experience

 Skills/Abilities:

  • Must be compassionate, honest, integral and have a genuine interest to serve and provide an essential service to meet the needs of the community
  • Must have excellent customer service skills with the ability to interact with the public, Fire Services and all other levels of City Staff, in a professional, courteous and tactful manner
  • Must be able to identify, understand, and meet/exceed the requirements of internal and external customers
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively, including the ability to issue and accurately comprehend written/oral information and instructions in stressful situations
  • Must be reliable and have the ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Must be able to follow direction and effectively prioritize tasks/demands as appropriate
  • Must have proven ability to function and contribute as an effective team member and to work independently
  • Must have strong analytical/critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Must be competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Must have a mechanical aptitude
  • Must be fit and able to handle the sustained, intense physical and psychological effort required to perform the duties of the position
  • Must be willing and able to work in extremely adverse, dangerous and stressful situations
  • Must possess a valid Ontario Class ‘G’ driver’s licence or equivalent
  • Must meet the definition of a competent driver as defined by the Corporation
  • Knowledge and ability to work effectively with computers, computer programs, and software

Assets:

  • Previous experience in fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency services (e.g. paramedic, police officer, nursing), military/coast guard, search & rescue
  • Post-secondary diploma or degree
  • Trades qualification(s) (red seal, certifications)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certifications in NFPA 1006 technician level, NFPA 1035, NFPA 1031, NFPA 1072, NFPA 1002
  • Previous Recreational Protective Service experience (Lifeguard, ski patrol, etc.)
  • Previous experience with large vehicle operation, and/or heavy equipment
  • Valid Standard first aid, CPR certification and defibrillation certification
  • Related health and safety training and certification (i.e. WHMIS, chainsaw, working at heights)
  • Previous coaching/teaching/counselling/recreation leadership experience
  • Commitment to volunteerism and community involvement as demonstrated by experience volunteering in social/civil/community events and initiatives, non-profit organizations, counselling, crisis intervention
  • Fluency in a second language or sign language
  • Demonstrated athletic or physical capabilities and achievements
  • Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) testing certificate

 CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must remain a competent driver as defined by the Corporation
  • May be required to provide a successful driver’s record (uncertified)
  • After training, must be able to obtain and maintain an Ontario Class ‘D’ licence with a ‘Z’ endorsement
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Standard First Aid, CPR certification and defibrillation certification
  • Must meet standards for visual acuity (Best-corrected – stable 20/40 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 (testing with either Ishihara Colour Vision Test or the Farnsworth D-15) and vision field testing
  • Must undergo medical pre-placement health screening including successful completion of the Corporation’s employment medical examination, possible MTO medical exam, along with baseline audiometric and pulmonary function testing
  • Must undergo a successful Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)
  • Must have the ability to work at heights or on ladders without signs of acrophobia and in confined spaces wearing SCBA without signs of claustrophobia
  • Must successfully complete the Fire Department’s job-related physical fitness testing
  • Must successfully complete the required probationary exam and evaluation
  • Must work on a 24 hour shift schedule that involves working weekends and holidays

Given the high volume of applicants that are typically received, the screening of applications will be based on the minimum and asset qualifications listed for this position.  Applicants whose qualifications and experience more closely match the minimum and asset qualifications of the position will proceed to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Employment Equity

As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Accommodation

Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.

 

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. Resume/Application Review
  2. Validation of Required Documents
  3. Written Aptitude Test
  4. Health & Medical Evaluation Fitness Assessment
  5. Job-Related Physical Fitness Testing
  6. Interview
  7. 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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