Firefighter Recruitment

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Welcome to the City of Peterborough Firefighter Recruitment Process for 2021. This page includes information developed by Peterborough Fire Services and the Human Resources Division to provide you with helpful information about the process throughout all the various steps.

About the City of Peterborough
Located on the Trent-Severn Waterway in the heart of the Kawartha tourism region, Peterborough is a unique community known for its exceptional quality of life and beautiful setting. Peterborough has it all – a multitude of recreational opportunities, a diverse industrial, commercial and agricultural base, quality health care and excellent schools – including two outstanding post-secondary institutions. Peterborough is just one hour from the Greater Toronto area.
About Peterborough Fire Services

Peterborough Fire Services provides emergency and support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to the citizens of the community.

There are 3 stations throughout the City, and we maintain a non-staffed Foam Tender at the Airport. Fire Services provides employment for approximately 100 staff that spread across prevention, administration, communications, suppression, public education, and training.

A career as a Firefighter is both a demanding profession and a rewarding one. Peterborough Fire Services is made up of a team of skilled professionals committed to providing a superior level of service based on the three lines of defence, fire prevention, public education and emergency response. We seek highly talented individuals who have a keen interest in serving the public.

Successful candidates will: combat fires; perform rescue work; perform call taking and dispatching functions using computer aided dispatch and other communications applications in the alarm room; administer designated emergency medical procedures; conduct public education programs; identify fire hazards; and operate/maintain firefighting equipment and fire stations. Peterborough Fire Services employees are members of the Peterborough Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Thank you for your interest and we wish you success in your endeavours to become a firefighter with the City of Peterborough.

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Required Qualifications

To be eligible to compete, candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training Program at an OFM Endorsed Community College and or NFPA 1001 level I & II (or equivalency).
  • Ontario Fire Administration Inc (OFAI) Candidate Testing (CTS) – Certificates for Stage One, Stage Two and Stage Three.
  • Successful completion of OFAI swim test
  • Grade 12 education or equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Education
  • Valid Ontario “D” Driver’s License with “Z” endorsement: Must have attained at time of application. Must have no more than 4 demerit points in a single violation, OR no more than a total of 5 demerit points. Proof of valid driver’s license with DZ endorsement and a driver’s abstract will be required at the time of offer.
  • Pleasure Craft License
  • Must have no criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted. (Proof of a clear criminal reference check will be required as a condition of an employment offer)
  • Valid Standard First Aid with Basic Life Support Certificate or Health Care Provider Certificate
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Speak, read, and write English proficiently and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding conditions
  • Visual requirements in accordance to NFPA 1582: https://www.ofai.ca/candidate-testing-information/stage-two-vision-assessment
  • Hearing requirements as per OFAI standards

Candidates must be prepared to work 24-hour shifts including weekends and holidays.

Overview of the Recruitment Process

The Recruitment process will consist of several steps as outlined below. Candidates must successfully pass through all steps of the recruitment process in order to proceed to each consecutive step.

The recruitment process will identify successful candidates for our hiring needs.

Step 1: Complete OFAI Candidate Testing (Stages One Through Three)

The City of Peterborough will be utilizing the services of Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing. We will only accept applicants who have received certification from OFAI (Stages One through Three). Please visit their website at www.ofai.ca for more information. If as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, you are not able to obtain all certificates prior to application, they must be obtained prior to the interview process.

You will also be required to complete the OFAI swim test. If as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions you are not able to complete the swim test, one must be obtained prior to the job offer provided a swim test is being offered.

Step 2: Candidates submit online application with cover letter, resume and OFAI CTS Certificate by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021
Candidates will submit an online application with cover letter, resume and OFAI CTS Certificate which details their education, experience and level of training in the following:
  • Auto Extrication
  • Confined Space
  • Water/Ice Rescue
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Rope Rescue
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Pumper Operations
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Radio and computer aided dispatch
  • Note Taking
  • Valid Standard First Aid with Basic Life Support Certificate or Health Care Provider Certificate
  • Work Experience related to Fire Service including:
    • Skilled Trades
    • Heavy Duty Equipment Operation
    • Building Construction
    • Emergency Vehicle Operation
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Previous Municipal/Industrial Firefighter Experience (including volunteer)
    • Paramedical
    • Mechanical
  • Volunteer Experience in Emergency Services field
  • Community involvement and commitment to serving the public and demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Knowledge and understanding of different cultures and fluency in a language(s) other than English
  • Strong leadership, administrative, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficient in use of computers including keyboarding skills and familiarity with computer aided dispatch processes

Note: Proof of certificates/diplomas will be requested at the time of the interview.

You will need to attach your cover letter, resume and OFAI CTS Certificate to the online application.

Step 3 – Select Candidates for Interviews

Candidates will be selected for interviews following the screening of the resumes. Interviews will be held in September and/or October 2021.

Interviews will be conducted in a panel format. The interview is designed to test not only the candidate’s technical knowledge and abilities, but also to allow Fire Services and City of Peterborough, Human Resources Division to assess the candidate’s overall suitability for the position.

Candidates must be prepared to submit the following:

  • Proof of successful completion of a Pre-Service Firefighter Education Training Program at an OFM Endorsed Community College and/or NFPA 1001 level I & II
  • Proof of completion of Ontario Fire Association Inc (OFAI) Candidate Testing (CTS) – Full Certificates comprising of Stages One Through Three. *
  • Proof of completion of OFAI swim test
  • Grade 12 or equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Education
  • Valid Standard First Aid with Basic Life Support Certificate or Health Care Provider Certificate
  • 3 Current Work References

The City of Peterborough’s policies & procedures support employees with disabilities in accordance with relevant legislation. If you require an accommodation for the interview process, please advise Human Resources when you are contacted for an interview. They will work with you to determine how best to accommodate you.

Step 4 – Offer of employment

After the completion of checking references, job offers will be coordinated by the Human Resources Division. Upon offer of employment, candidates must provide:
  • Driver’s License Abstract – with no more than 4 demerit points in a single violation, OR no more than a total of 5 demerit points, which is obtained at the time of offer of employment, along with proof of DZ license.
  • Clean Criminal Reference Clearance Check with vulnerable sector check – current at the time of offer of employment.
  • Targeting a recruit class of February/March 2022.
Probationary Period
The probationary period is twelve (12) months. As probationary firefighters you will be required to successfully pass written and practical examinations in addition to physical and mental challenges as part of the probationary assessment process. The probationary period will also include ongoing assessment of new recruits in the performance of their day-to-day job duties.

Contact

Contact the City of Peterborough Human Resources Division by telephone at 705-742-7777 ext. 1770 or email Kathy Rochon.

Further information regarding the OFAI Candidate testing can be obtained at www.ofai.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Submit your application using our online Probationary Firefighter form.

When are applications due?

No later than 12 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021.

Can I submit all my certificates and other supporting documentation when I apply?

No, all supporting documentation will be requested at the time of the interview. The only documentation that is required is outlined above in Step 2.

I do not have time to get my D Licence with Z endorsement; can I still apply if I can get it before an interview?

No, candidates must have a valid “DZ” License at the time of application.

I do not accept have time to complete the OFAI Candidate Testing. Wil you accept test results from other organizations?

No, applicants must have completed and passed the OFAI Candidate Testing in order to apply for our 2021 recruitment. Note: If as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions applicants are not able to obtain the full certificate(s), one must be obtained prior to the interview process.

My OFAI certificate will be expiring before August 2021. Do I need to get an updated certificate prior to applying?

No, we are asking that candidates have valid OFAI certificates on the day that they apply. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to provide updated, valid certificate(s) at that time

I submitted my cover letter and resume and have now completed additional training. Can I submit another resume?

No, please do not submit more than one resume.