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Summer Firefighting Training for Young Women Camp FFIT

Young women firefighters in training.

Camp FFIT – Female Firefighters in Training: August 12- 16, 2019

The City of Ottawa – in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario (A Not-for-Profit organization of women and men from Ontario fire departments) – presents a unique opportunity to give young women a taste of what it’s like to be a firefighter.

Camp FFIT is designed to educate young women about the career of fire fighting. All participants will have an opportunity to speak to men and women of the Career and Volunteer Ottawa Fire Services, as well as firefighters from neighbouring communities and students who have recently graduated from a Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program.

Participants will also have an opportunity to perform many tasks, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Basic Firefighting
  • Team building
  • Wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Use of SCBA – Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Basics of Pump/Ladder operations
  • Fitness and Nutrition Information
  • Aerial ladder climb
  • Auto Extrication
  • Basics of technical rescue
  • Search and rescue
  • Forcible entry
  • Catching hydrants
  • High rise operations
  • Fighting simulated kitchen and car fires.

All CAMP FFIT Activities and Evolutions will be led by qualified members of Ottawa Fire Services. Francophone staff will be present for the teaching/classroom component of the training. However, for the skill development exercises (i.e. extinguishing a live car fire, extrication, etc.) the instruction will be in English – which is the standard operational language for first responders to ensure the safety of all participants.

To qualify you must:

  • Be 15 to19 years of age
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Complete an application form
  • Agree to follow all rules and regulations
  • Participate in all activities and classes
  • Must possess a valid OHIP or Provincial Health Insurance Card.

 To apply you must:

The cost of CAMP FFIT is $150 and all participants will require steel toe boots to take part in all fire ground activities.

Please note: Application deadline is Friday, May 24, 2019

Learn more about this exciting opportunity from past participants: My Experience at Camp FFIT 2015. For additional information concerning Camp FFIT, please send an email to or contact the Training Centre at 613-580-2424 x 29621.

Volunteering, training and recruitment frequently asked questions

This F.A.Q provides general information for those planning for a career/future in firefighting, as well as those applying to become a firefighter in the nearer future or present. Industry professionals may also reference this information to confirm details about OFS training and recruitment practices

Education Requirements

Does OFS have any preferred colleges to attend for Firefighter training/to become a Firefighter?

OFS does not endorse one educational institution over another. It would be up to the individual to research the institution and decide what they feel is the best for them. 

Volunteering, Cooperative Education & Opportunities for Growth

I want to become a Firefighter one day! Does OFS offer any junior firefighting volunteer/training opportunities for teenagers?

OFS does not presently offer a junior Firefighter program. We do support Camp FFIT which is designed to educate young women about a career in firefighting.  

I want to become a Firefighter one day! Does OFS offer cooperative education placements for high school students?

Yes, OFS generally has four (4) yearly openings for co-op students. Due to safety reasons co-op students usually do their placements in an office setting. 

Recruitment Process and Application Details 

How often does OFS recruit Firefighters?

Every two years the City of Ottawa starts a new competition for the position of probationary fire fighters. Candidates are selected for interviews based on their placement in this competition. The number of recruits selected annually varies. 

How many recruits does OFS hire on average when they complete a recruitment campaign?

In 2015 OFS hired 36 new full time recruit fire fighters for urban operations.

Where can I find information on firefighter pre-qualification procedures?

Please visit our Qualifications and Procedures webpage for more information.

What is the full job profile (roles and responsibilities) of an OFS firefighter?

Please visit our Firefighter Job Profile webpage for more information.

When is the next recruitment campaign?

Please visit our City of Ottawa Firefighter Campaign - Timelines webpage for more information.

OFS typically receives 2000 applications for a fire fighter positions. If successful after the written examination candidates shall be interviewed and ranked. During the interview process we look for candidates that have shown a commitment to becoming a firefighter and/or serving their community. 

How do I join as a volunteer firefighter? 

You can learn more here.

Where can I learn more about the candidate physical ability test (CPAT)

You can learn more here.

What are the medical requirements? 

NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments. You can 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?

 We train all our recruits to NFPA 1001 and NFPA 472 standards.

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

Currently each recruit receives 14 weeks 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 14 week recruit training is in 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.

Volunteer Firefighter recruitment

The City of Ottawa welcomes applications for volunteer firefighters.

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • All applicants must be 18 years or older at time of application.
  • All applicants must have a valid G Ontario driver’s license at time of application.
  • All applicants must live or work in an area served by a volunteer fire station. 

The Ottawa Fire Services may ask for additional qualifications within their application forms.

How to apply

All completed application forms and attachments may be mailed or hand delivered to one of the following locations:

  • Vars Fire Station (#73) 6090 Rockdale Rd. -  Office 613-580-2449 X42690
  • Stittsville Fire Station (#81) 1643 Main St. - Officer 613-836-3337
  • Manotick Fire Station (#94) 5669 Manotick Main St. - Office 613-580-2449 X42690
  • Carp Fire Station (#64) 475 Donald B. Munro Dr. - Office 613-580-2424 X32260

Applications will NOT be accepted at any other Ottawa Fire Services facilities.

Volunteer profile

Summary of Duties

  • Responsible for all fire suppression duties necessary to save lives and property. Combat, extinguish and/or prevent fires by rapidly and efficiently performing varied duties as required under emergency conditions
  • Provide emergency medical response and aid; perform rescue/extrication operations where necessary to prevent loss of life or further injury from any cause.
  • Provide service assistance to: police, paramedics and the public.
  • Responsible for station maintenance and upkeep of firefighting equipment and fire department property.
  • Responsible for upgrading and maintaining skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards.
  • Perform duties in fire prevention, public education as assigned.

Work Performance

Fire Emergency
  • Responds to emergency calls.
  • Drives and/or operates any vehicle or equipment as assigned.
  • Performs a variety of rescue related duties to protect the public and lessen severity of injuries.
  • Lays and connects hose; holds nozzles and directs high pressure water streams, raises; climbs and works from ladders and uses or operates all equipment associated with controlling and putting out fires or other incidents.
  • Wears oxygen mask and full protective clothing while working in noxious and/or smoke filled environments.
  • Ventilates buildings or areas to release heat, smoke or fumes.
  • Places covers to protect property and prevent water damage.
  • Performs overhaul operations in order to ensure that the fire has been completely extinguished.
Medical Emergency
  • Drives, checks safety of immediate area, brings required medical equipment.
  • Assesses situation/victim by taking medical history, visual and vital signs.
  • Conducts appropriate intervention, including CPR, other first-aid as required.
  • Assists paramedics - conveys information, lifts and carries patients, etc.
  • Manages crowd/bystanders/victim's relatives, etc.
Other Emergencies
  • Performs a variety of rescue related duties to protect the public and lessen severity of injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, confined space entrapment, water hazards, industrial accidents, incidents involving hazardous materials, etc.
  • Assesses and performs extrication of the victim's in motor vehicle accidents.
Non-Emergency Duties
  • Performs various maintenance duties to apparatus, equipment and department property.
  • Participates in departmental training programs to be proficient, knowledgeable and up to date with equipment and procedures for fire fighting, medical and other emergencies.
  • Participates in public relations projects involving visits, demonstrations, parades, etc. as directed.
  • Assists with on the job training of other firefighters.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Pre-qualification Procedures

Volunteer recruitment process consists of the following stages:

Stage One

  • Application forms are accepted and kept on file pending the filling of vacancies. Applicants are selected from those who work or live in close proximity to the volunteer stations with vacancies.

Stage Two

Security Check/Driver Profile

Security Check - Current criminal records check for vulnerable sector

Driver's Abstract - A 5 year abstract, available at any Service Ontario Center

Stage Three

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  • All volunteer Firefighter recruits are expected to complete a physical ability test. The CPAT process will be used as an evaluation tool to identify any weaknesses the candidate may have in performing job related duties and determine if those problem areas can be overcome during the candidate's probation training period.

The process follows the steps as outlined below:

    1. Orientation for Candidate Physical Ability Test (Orientation sessions are scheduled on weekends and evenings to accommodate the volunteer candidates).
    2. Medical Clearance Form (completed by a physician).
    3. CPAT Testing (scheduled on an "as needed" basis).

Stage Four

  • Interviews are scheduled throughout the year on an "as needed" basis and when sufficient candidates are need to justify a recruit hiring and training course.
Successful Candidates

A letter of offer will be issued once successful completion of all 4 stages has occurred and all required documentation had been received