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Fire Services


OUR MISSION: Be Caring. Be Safe. Prevent Harm.

female fire chief in uniform next to fire truckLori Hamer, Fire Chief

Preventing fires remains our first line of defense, which is the role of our Fire Prevention Division’s Inspectors and Educators. Nonetheless, when emergencies occur, the Firefighting Division is not only trained and equipped to deliver fire suppression, auto-extrication and defibrillation services but also Hazmat, Technical Rescue and Water/Ice Rescue Services. Supporting these teams are employees in our Training, Communications, Clerical, Apparatus and Stores Divisions who train, dispatch alarms, keep the fire apparatus running, ensure supplies are readily available and assist in our overall functioning. Our team of over 400 dedicated employees serve more than 380,000 residents as well as tens of thousands of students attending Western University and Fanshawe College.

Interested In Joining Our Team?

Postings for all City of London jobs are listed in the Current Opportunities section within the City of London Employment webpages. Here you can also learn more about our general Recruitment Process and about Our Organization. Additional details are below about the many positions in Fire Services, as well as some general information and guidelines about the typical recruitment process for each. Visit the Safety and Enforcement Job Categories page to hear what some of our employees have to say about their work with the City.

Probationary Firefighter

Our Firefighters respond to a variety of emergency situations including structure fires, auto-extrications and cardiac related events. As well, many Firefighters also serve on one of our three Special Teams: Ice/Water Rescue or Swift Water Rescue, Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue (Rope Rescue). When not involved in emergency events, our Firefighters are out in our community promoting public service, fire prevention and life safety.

Minimum academic requirements:male firefighter standing next to fire truck

  • Proof of grade 12 diploma in the Province of Ontario, GED or equivalent (transcript with grades or diploma accepted as proof)
  • Graduation from a NFPA 1001, Level II Firefighting Program with current IFSAC and/or PROBOARD endorsement

Driver’s license requirements:

  • Valid unrestricted Ontario class D driver's license with a Z prior to the closing date of the posting
  • DZ Licence and/or road tests completed after the application deadline will not be accepted
  • Out of Province equivalent licences will be accepted at the time of application, however these must be converted to a valid Ontario DZ license within 90 days of hire
  • Must provide proof of a 3 year uncertified driver’s abstract with application

Specialty Rescue requirements:

  • At least one of the following Operations Level Certificates (special consideration given to Technician Level Certifications)
  • Ice/Water Rescue or Swift Water Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Technical Rescue (Rope Rescue)

First Aid requirements

  • First Aid Certification (special consideration given to EMR certification and CPR with AED)
  • CPR

Criminal Reference Check

  • Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screen, no more than 12 months old at the time of the posting
  • May be obtained from the police department in the city reflected on your driver’s licence
  • Must be uploaded with your application prior to the posting closing date
  • While waiting for your Criminal Reference Check to be processed, you may upload your payment receipt as proof of applying

Physical Testing

  • Only York University Firefighting Physical Fitness Tests will be accepted
  • Candidate Physical Ability Tests (CPAT) are not accepted

Exams

  • A pre-qualifying exam is part of our recruitment process
  • Details regarding date, time and location would be provided when a recruitment is in process

Fire Prevention Inspector

female fire prevention inspector wearing uniform and helmet, holding pad and pen, in front of truckOur Inspectors guard public and Firefighter safety through the education and enforcement of the Ontario Fire Code, identification of hazardous conditions and elimination of fire hazards. They also assist in the development of fire safety plans and in determining the cause and origin of fires. Findings from investigations are used to develop strategies and safety programs.

Candidates being considered for Inspector positions are typically required to complete a written test regarding the Ontario Fire Code . Successful applicants at this stage are then asked to complete an in-person practical scenario test and then attend an interview with a Deputy Fire Chief and recruiter. Provision of references, proof of education/certificates and Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screen round out the process.

Public Fire and Life Safety Educator

Our Public Educators use proven educational strategies to address fire and injury risks in the community. Whether delivering a lecture to a large group or speaking one-on-one with citizens at local events, our Public Educators help encourage Londoners to have fire safety the first consideration at all times.

Selection of candidates being considered for Educator positions includes an interview with the Fire manager overseeing the position, along with a recruiter. Provision of references, proof of education/certificates and Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screen round out the process.

Communications Operator

Communication Operators play a key role in thefemale 911 operator seated at desk with computer, wearing headset response to emergencies. They serve as the vital link between the public and Firefighting crews, answering 911 calls and dispatching the appropriate resources.

Candidates being considered for these positions are typically required to complete an in-person job specific test and then attend an interview with a Deputy Fire Chief and recruiter. Provision of references, proof of education/certificates and Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screen round out the process.

Mechanic

Our Apparatus Division team members maintain and repair a fleet of front line fire apparatus and passenger vehicles. They also maintain and repair auto extrication, rescue and firefighting equipment, including SCBA and related components.

Selection of candidates being considered for Mechanic positions includes an interview with the Fire manager overseeing the position, along with a recruiter. Provision of references, proof of education/certificates and Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screen round out the process.

Training Instructor

Our Instructors play a fundamental role in ensuring that Firefighter skills are continually updated to reflect changes in best practice, legislation and safety systems. They also coach, mentor and train new recruits who have joined our team.

Selection of candidates being considered for these positions includes an interview with the Fire manager overseeing the position, along with a recruiter. Candidates may be asked to prepare and deliver a job-specific presentation in the interview. Provision of references, proof of education/certificates and Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screen round out the process.

Administrative

woman standing at shelf holding binderOur administrative team members provide a variety of internal customer services to our team. They also assist the public with requests for general assistance, fire prevention and safety information, reports and inspections.

Selection of candidates being considered for Administrative positions includes an interview with the Fire manager overseeing the position, along with a recruiter. Provision of references, proof of education/certificates and Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Screen round out the process.

 

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