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Oakville recruitment

The Town of Oakville's Fire Department is not currently recruiting Probationary Firefighters.

Oakville requirements

All applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications to be considered for vacancies:

  • Successful completion of ONE of the following:
    • Pre-service firefighter education and training program certificate; or
    • NFPA 1001-Firefighter II, education and training program from an accredited institution; or
    • Two years experience as a municipal firefighter in a municipal fire department; or
    • Ontario Fire Certification; or
    • Minimum 5 years volunteer firefighting experience in a municipal fire department
  • Must be 18 years of age or older and legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • A minimum of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma High (Grade 12) or academic equivalent
  • Visual acuity of unaided 20/30 uncorrected in each eye with colour, depth and peripheral vision safe for the occupation of firefighter
  • Be able to understand and communicate clearly in English under stressful conditions, both oral and written
  • Valid Standard First Aid and CPR certificates
  • Valid and unrestricted Ontario class “D” driver’s license with a “Z” air brake endorsement and a driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behaviour. Applicants with 6 or more demerit points are ineligible for consideration. A driver’s abstract will be required and must be dated within the last 30 days from when requested.
  • A satisfactory criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening will be required and must be dated within the last 30 days prior to commencement of employment.
  • Valid certification of the York University Firefighting Physical Fitness Test or Canadian Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) – please note that certificates must be less than 6 months old.

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Successful completion of fire service-related courses (auto extrication, ice/water rescue, high angle/rope rescue, confined space, hazardous material, critical incident stress management)
  • Successful completion of life-saving certificates (First Responder, Basic Trauma Life Support, Automatic External Defibrillation, First Aid - Instructor's Level, Emergency Medical Care Attendant)
  • Work experience (minimum two years) related to the fire service (skilled trades, building, construction, electrical, plumbing, pipe fitting, mechanical, heavy equipment operation, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, paramedical, teaching or instruction)
  • Community involvement and commitment to serving the public
  • Knowledge and understanding of a different culture and fluency in a language other than English
  • A demonstrated commitment to a lifestyle of health and fitness
  • Proven ability to interact harmoniously with co-workers, superiors, subordinates and allied agencies
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Positive team player that demonstrates maturity and sound judgment
  • Training and/or experience using computer software  

Working for the Oakville Fire department:

In Oakville, firefighters work on a rotating 24 hour shift schedule, including weekends and holidays. This is not a 9-to-5 job. Successful candidates will be expected to rotate between stations and platoons at the discretion of fire management throughout their career with the Oakville Fire department.

Our firefighters are members of the Oakville Professional Firefighters’ Association.