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Career firefighter recruitment

Recruitment process under review

Our career firefighter recruitment process is currently under review. Please be advised that Ottawa Fire Services will not be accepting career firefighter applications at this time. If recruits are needed in the interim, OFS will consult the list of successful applicants from the 2018 recruitment campaign. Please stay tuned for updated information.

Application requirements for future recruitments

What will applicants require in future recruitments

The requirements and application process for the position of Probationary Firefighter are still under review and will be updated when information is available. This section will be updated as requirements are determined.

All application requirements for future recruitments must be obtained prior to date of application unless otherwise noted (subject to change):

  • Valid Ontario “G” class driver’s licence, (or equivalent) with no more than six (6) demerit points (or provincial equivalent) accumulated.
  • Possess or obtain prior to the job offer stage a Class “D” licence with a “Z” air brake endorsement. Applicants from all other provinces and territories will require a Class 3 license with an Air Brake restriction/endorsement.
  • Successful completion of NFPA 1001 Level 1 & 2 and NFPA 1072 or 472 Operations level (proof of IFSAC or ProBoard seal), or a DEC in Fire Safety Techniques (Quebec). A Letter of Compliance with NFPA Standards from the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office (Grandfathering) will be accepted in lieu of Seals.
  • Possession of a current and valid Canadian Red Cross First Responder BLS certification.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Review of the Career Firefighter Recruitment Process

Why is the career firefighter recruitment process under review?

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) is undergoing a review of the career firefighter recruitment process as a result from the Audit of Ottawa Fire Services – Fire Suppression conducted in 2019. The audit found that the current recruitment process is lengthy (typically eight to nine months in duration) and highly resource intensive. The review is meant to ensure the most effective and efficient use of City resources while ensuring the highest quality of recruits, with consideration for diversity and inclusion.

When did the review of the career firefighter recruitment process begin?

The review began in November 2019.

When will the review of the career firefighter recruitment process end?

Tentative completion of this review is for Q4 2021. This timeline may be adjusted based on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is conducting the review of the career firefighter recruitment process?

The review is being completed by Ottawa Fire Services (OFS).

Where can I find information on the review of the career firefighter recruitment process?

Information about the review will be made available on the Career Firefighter Recruitment page once it has been approved.

When is the next Ottawa Fire Service recruitment campaign?

The next recruitment will potentially be conducted in 2022. This timeline may be adjusted based on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Is Ottawa Fire Services accepting career firefighter applications while the recruitment process is under review?

No, OFS will not be accepting career firefighter applications during the review of the recruitment process.

Why is Ottawa Fire Services not accepting any career firefighter applications during the review of the recruitment process?

New procedures are being developed that are significantly different than previous campaigns.

Can I submit an application form for volunteer firefighter while the career firefighter recruitment review is ongoing?

Yes, OFS is still accepting Volunteer Firefighter applications. For more information on how to apply to be a Volunteer Firefighter, please visit the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment page.

Do the current qualifications and procedures still apply for career firefighter recruitment?

All aspects of the recruitment campaign are under review. We will announce any additions to the qualifications and procedures as soon as they are available.

Who can I contact with additional questions about the recruitment process and application details?

You may email questions to FireRequests@ottawa.ca

Will I be notified when the review of the recruitment process is completed?

No, individual notifications will not be sent. Information about the new process will be posted on the City’s website as soon as it is available. Anyone who may be interested should check in regularly.

If I applied during the 2018 firefighter recruitment, will my application be considered if there is a need for new recruits before the review is completed?

OFS will not be accepting career firefighter applications during the review of the recruitment process. If recruits are needed in the interim, OFS will consult the list of successful applicants from the 2018 recruitment campaign.

Candidate Physical Ability Testing (CPAT) (Ongoing)

Please be advised: This test will only be conducted if there is a need for career firefighter recruits prior to the completion of the career firefighter recruitment process review and will only apply to successful applicants from the 2018 recruitment campaign.

Learn More

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) preparation guide

This guide was developed to assist candidates be physically prepared for the CPAT.

Learn More

Training Requirements and Information 

Is OFS training run by the OFS or is it privately run?

Our recruit school is run through the Ottawa Fire Services training division.

What is the procedure/curriculum like for different certifications?

The training curriculum is being reviewed as part of the Recruitment review process.  All Firefighters in Ottawa are required to be trained to NFPA 1001 and NFPA 472 standards.  Additional trainings and certifications are offered as required.

How does your probationary period work and what is the training period?

Currently each recruit attends approximately 3 months of drill school. Upon graduation they remain probationary fire fighters for a total of one year. Candidates can be dismissed for unsuitability within this one-year period.

What are the training methods of OFS? How is training delivered in OFS?

The recruit training is a boot camp format where recruits are required to participate in physical fitness training, classroom and practical drills.

Who provides driver training and education for OFS?

Driver Training for recruit fire fighters is provided by City of Ottawa Fleet Services.