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


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.


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.


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