Firefighter Job Profile

Firefighters always conduct themselves in a professional manner and receive a high degree of public support and respect. You may be an ideal candidate for a career as a professional firefighter if you:

  • Want to help others and serve your community
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Enjoy ongoing learning both in the classroom and on the job

Training

Firefighters are always learning and must keep up-to-date on the latest information and techniques. All probationary firefighters receive extensive training in the latest firefighting and rescue techniques, including:

  • Handling emergency and medical calls
  • Hazardous material situations
  • Fire prevention legislation
  • Arson investigation techniques
  • Fire safety programs

Physical and mental health

Firefighters must be able to handle periods of intense and sustained physical, mental and emotional stress.

Teamwork

Firefighters must work together as members of a well-honed team. Extended periods of time are spent working together, whether in emergency situations or performing duties around the fire station.

Work/life balance

Firefighters provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In Oakville, firefighters work on a rotating 24-hour shift schedule. They work weekends and on holidays. This is not a nine-to-five job.

Responsibilities

Fire and emergency response

  • Undertake suppression duties necessary to save life and property
  • Combat, extinguish and/or prevent fires by rapidly and efficiently performing varied duties as required under emergency conditions
  • Lay and connect hose, hold nozzles and direct high-pressure water streams
  • Raise, climb and work from ladders
  • Use and/or operate all equipment associated with fire extinguishment and incident control
  • Use SCBA and full protective clothing while working in noxious and/or smoke-filled environments
  • Ventilate buildings or areas to release heat, smoke or fumes
  • Perform salvage operations to protect property and prevent water damage
  • Perform overhaul operations to ensure complete fire extinguishment

Medical emergency response

  • Provide emergency medical response and aid to injured persons using advanced techniques to restore cardio-pulmonary functions
  • Perform rescue/extrication operations where necessary
  • Secure immediate area and transport required medical equipment
  • Assess situation/victim for medical history, visual and vital signs
  • Perform appropriate intervention (e.g. first aid, CPR, defibrillation)
  • Provide assistance to medical personnel (information transfer, lift/carry patients, etc.)

Other emergency response

  • Perform a variety of rescue-related duties to protect the public and lessen severity of injuries, including: auto extrication, confined space entry, water/ice rescue, high angle/rope rescue, HAZMAT response, etc.
  • Provide service assistance with respect to (but not limited to) police, ambulance, other fire departments and the public
  • Manage crowd, bystanders, victim's relatives, etc.

Non-emergency response

  • Perform general maintenance work in the up-keep of the fire department property including equipment, apparatus, buildings and grounds
  • Participate in training programs to maintain and upgrade skills, knowledge and proficiency
  • Participate in public relations projects and perform duties at events for the public including station tours, visits, demonstrations, parades, etc., as assigned
  • Conduct or assist in training of other fire personnel
  • Perform inspections and assessments related to fire prevention
  • Perform other duties related to public education as assigned
  • Other duties or specialized assignments as assigned