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Probationary Firefighter (up to 18 full-time)

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Job Title:
Probationary Firefighter (up to 18 full-time)
Job Number:
Job Code:
Job Category:
Fire & Emergency Services
Fire & Rescue
500 O'Connor Drive
Bargaining Unit:
Job Type:
Full Time
Employment Type:
Number of Positions:
Hours of Work:
42 hrs/week
Probationary Rate:
$67,861.00 - $113,101.00/Year
Date Posted:
July 5, 2024
Closing Date:
July 21, 2024

Opening Statement

The City of Kingston is grateful to experience the traditional territories of Anishinabek (Ah-nish-nah-beg), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-o-show-nee) and Huron-Wendat (huron-wen·dat). Kingston is a smart, livable city in the heart of eastern Ontario. Its stable and diversified economy includes global corporations, innovative start-ups and all levels of government.At the City of Kingston, we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential elements of a thriving workplace. We value the unique perspectives and experiences that each individual brings to our team. As we continue to grow, we are dedicated to creating an environment where all employees feel welcomed, respected, and empowered to contribute their best work. The City of Kingston views diversity as its strength and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, including those from underrepresented communities.As staff, you play a pivotal role in enhancing people's lives by delivering exceptional, customer-centered services of the highest quality. Within our highly ethical environment, you'll embrace accountability by consistently going above and beyond, actively listening to our customers, creatively addressing their needs, and maintaining unwavering respect for all individuals you serve. As a result, you'll become an integral part of our qualified and dynamic team, recognized for its compassion, excellence, integrity, inclusivity, and adaptability.

Position Summary

All applicants must apply online at Assistance to apply online is available at or 1-877-427-7717.

(up to 16) positions in anticipation of upcoming retirements and additional staffing for 2024/2025.

The Probationary Firefighter Recruitment and Selection Guide will outline the tentative recruitment and selection process. The link for the recruitment guide is attached. Eligibility for this competition including short-listing will be based on information provided in your online application. You must demonstrate how your qualifications, training and experience relate to this position. We thank all who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted electronically. Remember to check your e-mail and junk folder regularly.

Firefighters will be responsible for all fire suppression activities that are necessary to save life and property.

Immediately respond to fire, medical, rescue and other emergency and non-emergency related calls as required.

Combat, extinguish and/or prevent fires by rapidly and efficiently performing these varied duties as required under emergency conditions, frequently involving considerable hazards.

Provide emergency medical response and aid.

Perform rescue/extrication operations where necessary to prevent loss of life or further injury, from any cause.

Drive and/or operate any equipment, apparatus and vehicles in accordance with applicable policy and the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

Participate in fire safety, fire prevention, public education and public relations duties.

Follow instructions and orders from Officers in action, maintenance and training situations.

Perform other related duties as required/assigned.

Qualifications, Competencies

Grade 12 diploma or equivalent in education. ***proof of required documentation to be presented and verified at the physical testing stage***

Prior work experience in fire suppression, trades, emergency medical response, fire prevention, etc. would be considered a strong asset.

NFPA 1001 Level I & II certification required. ***proof of required documentation to be presented and verified at the physical testing stage***

Possession of a valid Class “DZ” driver’s license (or out-of-province equivalency) and a satisfactory driving record (0 demerit points) is required. ***a valid driving abstract will be run at the time of interview***

Valid and current Standard First Aid and CPR Level C certificate is required. ***proof of required documentation to be presented and verified at the physical testing stage***

Must be able to successfully pass the OFC swim/tread test.

Meet the prescribed visual requirements (20/40 in each eye WITHOUT corrective lenses and colour vision safe for firefighting).

Must be able to adhere to NFPA hearing standards and respond to verbally transmitted instructions over radio.

Speak, read and write English fluently, and communicate clearly and precisely under demanding, high-pressure situations.

Able to perform the essential duties of the job safely under intense and sustained physical efforts.

Obtain and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check, including Vulnerable Sector, at time of employment, and not have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted.

Be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

Available to work twenty four (24) hour rotating shifts including nights, weekends and statutory holidays.

Able to handle intense and sustained physical effort in high risk situations to safely perform the duties of a Firefighter in a team environment.

Must be able to work at heights and in confined spaces as required.

Ability to interact constructively with co-workers, superiors and members of the public.

Ability to work effectively under stressful situations.

Ability to accept change and strive for excellence in customer service.

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.

Experience in coaching, counseling or public education is considered an asset.

Closing Statement

Please inform us of any accommodations we need to make to ensure a barrier-free recruitment experience. Accommodations are available in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC)and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) at any stage in the recruitment process. We’re happy to provide more information if you email us at

Please apply to Career Opportunities at:
Your resumé must demonstrate how you meet position requirements. Please upload to your profile any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position. We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Please ensure to check any spam or junk folders for any emails coming from a City of Kingston account.