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Ottawa Fire Services Recruitment

Current Opportunities

To view current job postings, and to set up Career Alerts to receive e-mail notifications of new employment opportunities, please visit

To view information about the ongoing volunteer firefighter application process, please visit the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment page.

Department Profile

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) protects the lives, property and environment for the citizens of and visitors to the City of Ottawa. OFS provides services from 45 stations located across the City of Ottawa. Collectively, these stations provide service to approximately 1,000,000 residents across 2,796 square kilometres. The OFS team is comprised of career firefighters, volunteer firefighters, as well as inspection, education, safety, training, communications, maintenance and administration personnel. OFS personnel provide many valuable services to the community beyond fighting fires, including:

  • Fire Prevention and Public Fire Safety Education services which include: fire prevention inspections, code enforcement, determination of cause and origin of fires, attendance at public events and dissemination of public fire safety educational materials;
  • Fire Suppression services which include fire rescue, tiered medical response, training, communications and incident management; and
  • Special Operations includes Vehicle and Machinery Extrication, Rope and Confined Space Rescue, Trench/Collapse and Urban Search and Rescue, Fire Support Unit - Rescue Task Force, Hazmat/Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive, Wildland Fires, Light Rail Transit Rescue, Water/Ice Rescue, Specialized Foam Suppression.

In order to provide these services, the OFS team operates from six divisions as follows:

  1. Office of the Fire Chief
  2. Urban and Special Operations
  3. Rural Operations – Volunteer Personnel
  4. Community Standards and Communications
  5. Training and Safety
  6. Operational Support Services

For more information, please visit the Ottawa Fire Services page.

Job Profiles


  • Responsible for all fire 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 (frequently involving considerable hazard).
  • 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 with respect to, but not restricted to the following: police, paramedics and 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 and communications as assigned.

For more information about career firefighting, please visit the Career Firefighter Recruitment page.

For more information about volunteer firefighting, please visit the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment page.

Fire Dispatcher (Part-Time)

Under the direction of a Communications Supervisor, the Dispatcher is responsible for :

  • receiving emergency calls from the public and other agencies.
  • quickly analyzing information received from the caller and dispatching the required emergency vehicles.
  • efficiently operating console equipment, including telephone, radio, and computer aided dispatch.
  • following established procedures in making calm, sound decision as required in an emergency services environment.
  • possessing a good working knowledge of available resources to support emergency scene operations.