Firefighter: Toronto Ontario Canada Deadline: March 14, 2016

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Firefighter

Deadline: March 14, 2016

Job Description:

General Information

The following career information provides a summary of key components of the Operations Firefighter recruitment and selection process.

Applying to the Operations Firefighter job call requires your patience and diligence in both understanding the eligibility criteria and navigating your way through the recruitment and selection process. All stages of the Selection Process, including pre-application requirements, are designed to assess your suitability for the career.

An application process will open for each hiring period.  You must apply to each hiring period separately. You will not be able to transfer your application between hiring periods.  If you were unsuccessful or not selected for a hiring process you must reapply; your application will not migrate from one hiring period to another.  Successful submission of an application does not guarantee employment.

Our on-going application process for the Operations Firefighter job call will generally occur through three (3) hiring periods annually: January/February (Winter), May/June (Spring) and September/October (Fall).

You must successfully complete each stage of the recruitment and selection process to be eligible to receive the final job offer.  The Selection process includes, but is not limited to, Physical, Medical and Psychometric Assessments and Background Checks  You will be required to provide a current Police Reference Check when requested, and may also be required to complete a Psychometric Assessment both as a condition of employment.

Please note that there are many issues that interfere with the timelines provided for initiating and completing hiring periods.  These may include budgets, labour disruptions and other City of Toronto issues.  All hiring periods are initiated based on Toronto Fire Services needs to meet staffing and workforce contingencies.

Submitting Your Application

It is in your best interest to be as thorough as possible when filling out the application so that we may make the best informed decisions as to your suitability and fit to the organization. Applications are not received on a first-come-first-served basis.

To apply and proceed through the recruitment and selection process candidates must have and maintain an active e-mail address. It is the candidates’ responsibility to provide and maintain current contact information in their on line profile. All correspondence to candidates will be via the e-mail address provided on their application.

Toronto Fire Services supports the Ontario standardizations for education and candidate testing with respect to the hiring of Operations Firefighters at full time municipal fire services. These new standards are now incorporated into our recruitment and selection process: (1) the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001: Firefighter I & II Certification is the new minimum standard of education, (2) the Ontario Fire Administration Candidate Testing Service is the new provincial standardized candidate testing service for the full-time fire services, and (3) the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)  certification as the minimum level of First Aid and CPR required training.

In addition, Toronto Fire Services has launched the Firefighter Career Access Program (FCAP) to assist potential candidates with meeting requirements of the new standards. Candidates, who do not have the minimum NFPA 1001 Level I & II education, can submit the Operations Firefighter application to participate in the selection process to qualify and compete for hiring opportunities. The Firefighter Career Access Program strategy outlines financial support to qualified applicants for the training, skills development and acquisition of the Firefighter education that is require to compete for the entry level Operations Firefighter career. Those who qualify may have some or all of these costs covered.  Check with your financial institution. The FCAP strategy is delivered in partnership with the City of Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS). In order to find out if you can qualify to apply to the FCAP through the TESS partnership, you must visit with a Toronto Employment & Social Services consultant for an assessment interview. You must be a resident of the City of Toronto to qualify with Toronto Employment & Social Services.

You can submit your application to the Operations Firefighter campaign under one of two application streams: (1) General Hiring stream and, (2) the Firefighter Career Access Program stream.

Please continue to review the information posted here for information about the Firefighter Career Access Program and the recruitment and selection process for each of our entry level Firefighter application streams.

Applications to the FCAP stream are accepted in the September/October (Fall)  application period only.

Need help researching NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I & II training institutions?  Visit our Candidate Resources section for a current listing – Firefighter Training and Education.

Submitting Your Application

Candidates qualify for a position in the Hiring Pool through submission of their application to either the (1) Firefighter Career Access Program (FCAP) stream (un-Trained Candidates) or, the (2) General Application stream (Trained Candidates).

Applications will only be received electronically through TalentFlow 

Eligibility Criteria and Qualifications

To submit an application to either hiring stream, all candidates must:

  • be eighteen (18) years of age or older
  • be able to understand and communicate clearly in English under stressful conditions (this ability will be assessed throughout the selection process)
  • have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma(Grade 12) or academic equivalent (minimum)
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have a pardon/records suspension if previously convicted of a criminal offence
  • be able to work shifts (days, nights, weekends and statutory holidays)

Candidates enrolled in post-secondary courses for the completion of the NFPA 1001 Firefigher Level I & II education are not eligible applicants to the FCAP application stream

At the time of application submission, candidates who are enrolled in an NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I & II training program and have not successfully completed the program cannot submit an application to either application stream

Once your application is submitted, you cannot upgrade, edit or downgrade the application to change streams.  Check the application stream for additional pre-application and post-application eligibility criteria.

 The Recruitment and Selection Process

  • candidates must apply to each eligible application period process
  • An applicant is processed through each hiring period separately
  • candidate must submit their application to either the (1) Firefighter Career Access Program(FCAP) stream (un-Trained Candidates) or, the (2) General Application stream (Trained Candidates)
  • candidates who are enrolled in the NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I & II training course cannot submit an application under the FCAPprogram

Recruitment & Selection Process

Application Period Hiring Pool Medical / HR Process Recruit Class
January – March March April May
May – July July August September
September – October October November January

 

*An application period may be terminated at any time that Toronto Fire Services and the HR-Team recognize that sufficient applications have been received for the job call.

Managing Your Application

  • only one application can be submitted per application period
  • only one application per applicant will be processed per hiring period
  • once submitted, applications cannot be accessed, edited or updated
  • all required documents must be dated prior to the date of application submission
  • all required documents must be submitted as e-copies when requested
  • EMR certificates must be current and valid at the time of application submission
  • only the Candidate Testing Services (CTS) certificates will be accepted
  • all CTS certificates must be current and valid at the time of application submission

Application Streams

How to Apply

  1.     Firefighter Career Access Program (FCAP): The Un-Trained Candidate Application Stream

The following is recommended before applying under this steam:

  • seek medical advice to ensure you are able to navigate through all  stages of the eligibility criteria and selection process
  • seek consultation with Toronto  Employment & Social Services (TESS) to see if you qualify for their support – this includes receiving financial assistance through all stages of the selection process; you must be a resident of the City of Toronto to qualify for the FCAP through TESS

Application period is September/October only

Candidates must complete and/or possess all Application Requirements listed in Step 1 before submitting their application:

Step 1: Application Requirements

At the time of application submission, applicants under this stream cannot be enrolled in the NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I & II education.

 Step 2: Application Review

Candidates will have their applications reviewed to verify submission of required documents. Our HR team will contact you with respect to the timing of this Step. Candidates will be contacted via the email address provided on their application. You will submit all documents required to confirm your eligibility to participate in the recruitment campaign – this includes submission of your CTS test certificates. You will be required to submit e-copies of all original documents. We recommend PDF formats for the submission of documents. If your documents are not received on time or cannot be validated as original submissions your application will not proceed.

Candidates who successfully complete the Application Review Step are eligible to move forward in the selection process.

Step 3: Interview

Candidates may be invited to attend an interview to further assess their skills, abilities and characteristics.

At the interview, candidates will again be required to identify themselves using photo identification showing a current likeness (driver’s licence, passport, or military ID).

The job interview is a vital part of the selection process.  Candidates should be well rested and prepared to attend.  The Behavioural Assessment interview is a panel format conducted by staff from Toronto Fire Services.

Step 4: Right of First Refusal

Successful candidates from Step 3 may receive the Right of First Refusal letter, requiring you to:

  • Complete the Firefighter education curriculum: NFPA 1001, Firefighter Level I & II, endorsed by ProBoard and/or IFSAC
  • Complete the NFPA 472  Hazardous Materials Operations level
  • Complete the CTS certificate, Stage 3 includes:
    • Complete the Candidate Physical Abilities test (CPAT)
    • Complete the Firefighter Technical Skills Assessment
  • Obtain a valid Ontario unrestricted Class A, B, C or D Driver’s Licence with Z air brake endorsement
  • Obtain an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certificate (minimum)  

Step 5: Hiring Pool

Candidates who successfully meet the required standards and screening criteria of the previous Steps may advance to the General Stream hiring pool.

Step 6: Conditional Job Offer

After successful completion of Steps 1 through 5 you may receive the Conditional Job Offer.  This offer does not mean that you have a job.  It is subject to you meeting the requirements identified in Step 6 of the selection process. Acceptance of this Conditional Job Offer does not bind you to proceed in the selection process, nor does it bind Toronto Fire service to continue you in the selection process.

Candidates must satisfactorily complete all the requirements and assessments identified here in Step 6 to proceed in the selection process and qualify to receive the final job offer:

  • provide three (3) employment references
  • provide originals of all application credentials, this includes the Criminal Record Check, obtained from their local Police Service if requested
  • provide the completed CTScertificate
  • Attend a comprehensive Medical Assessment with the Chief Medical Officer for Toronto Fire Services and successfully meet the standards required for Toronto Fire Services Operations Firefighters. You mustreceive clearance from the Chief Medical Officer to move forward in the selection process.  The Medical Assessment includes, but is not limited to:
    • a comprehensive review of past and present medical history
    • an electrocardiogram, blood work, urinalysis and chest x-ray
    • a physical examination related to Firefighter duties
    • a test of eyesight and colour vision (candidates must possess the prescribed visual requirements of 20/30 uncorrected vision in each eye and colour vision that is safe for fire fighting)
  • provide  a current and valid Ontario unrestricted Class A, B, C or D Driver’s Licence with Z air brake endorsement
  • provide  a current and valid (issued with 30 days) Ontario 5-Year Statement of Driving Record (Restricted). Candidates who provided an equivalent driver’s licence at the time of application must also provide an original driving record from their issuing jurisdiction
  • provide a current and valid  Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certificate (minimum)

TFS Recruit Training:

Candidate who successfully complete all components of the Conditional Job Offer are eligible to receive the final job offer with a class date to begin Operations Firefighter Recruit training.

How to Apply

  1.     General Stream: Trained Candidate Application Stream

The following is recommended before applying under this steam:

  • seek medical advice to ensure you are able to navigate through all  stages of the eligibility criteria and selection process
  • ensure all certificates and required documents are readily available. If you cannot  produce documents when required, you will notcontinue in the selection process

Candidates must complete and/or possess all Application Requirements listed in Step 1 prior to submitting their application:

Step 1: Application Requirements

  • possess a completed Pre-service Firefighter Education and Training Certificate with OFM Certification to NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I & II, or received the NFPA 1001: Firefighter Level I & II Certificate endorsed by ProBoard and/or IFSAC
  • complete the NFPA 472  Hazardous Materials Operations level course
  • complete all Stages (1, 2 and 3) of the Ontario Fire Administration Candidate Testing Service (CTS)  and possess the CTS Certificates
  • possess a valid and current Ontario unrestricted Class A, B, C or D Driver’s Licence with Z air brake endorsement(or approved equivalent)
  • possess a valid and current  Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certificate (minimum)
  • complete all sections of the application and submit it. Candidates should receive immediate acknowledgement of submission of their application via the email address identified in their profile. If you do not receive the confirmation, please (1) confirm that you did press the submit button, (2) check your in-boxes for the confirmation notice, or (3) check with the TalentFlowhelp Desk for assistance.

Throughout  the hiring period the HR-Team will contact you using the email address provided on your application.

Step 2: Application Review

Candidates will have their applications reviewed to verify submission of required documents. Our HR team will contact you with respect to the timing of this Step. We will contact you via the email address identified on your application. You will submit all documents required to confirm your eligibility to participate in the recruitment campaign- this includes your CTS test certificates. You will be required to submit e-copies of all original documents. We recommend PDF formats for the submission of documents. If your documents are not received on time or cannot be validated as original submissions your application will not proceed.

Candidates who successfully complete the Application Review Step are eligible to move forward in the selection process.

Step 3: Hiring Pool

Candidates who successfully meet the required standards and screening criteria of the previous Steps may advance to the hiring pool associated with the application period only

Step 4: Interview

When TFS determines the need to hire a class, candidates from the hiring pool will be invited to attend an interview to further assess their skills, abilities and characteristics. Human Resources will periodically update all candidates with information regarding hiring expectations.

At the interview, candidates will again be required to identify themselves using photo identification showing a current likeness (driver’s licence, passport, or military ID).

The interview is a panel format conducted by staff from Toronto Fire Services.

Step 5: Conditional Job Offer

After successful completion of Steps 1 through 4 you may receive the Conditional Job Offer.  This offer does not mean that you have a job.  It is subject to you meeting the requirements identified in Step 6 of the selection process. Acceptance of this Conditional Job Offer does not bind you to proceed in the selection process, nor does it bind Toronto Fire service to continue you in the selection process.

Candidates must satisfactorily complete all the requirements and assessments identified here in Step 5 to proceed in the selection process and qualify to receive the final job offer:

  • provide three (3) employment references
  • provide originals of all application credentials, this includes a current Criminal Record Check, obtained from your local Police Service if requested
  • provide a copy of your completed CTS Certificates
  • attend a comprehensive Medical Assessment with the Chief Medical Officer for Toronto Fire Services and successfully meet the standards required for Toronto Fire Services Operations Firefighters. You must receive clearance from the Chief Medical Officer to move forward in the selection process.  The Medical Assessment includes, but is not limited to:
    • a comprehensive review of past and present medical history
    • an electrocardiogram, blood work, urinalysis and chest x-ray
    • a physical examination related to Firefighter duties
    • a test of eyesight and colour vision (candidates must possess the prescribed visual requirements of 20/30 uncorrected vision in each eye and colour vision that is safe for fire fighting)
  • provide a valid and current (issued within 30 days) Ontario 5-Year Statement of Driving Record (Restricted). Candidates who provided an equivalent driver’s licence at the time of application must also provide an original driving record from their issuing jurisdiction

TFS Recruit Training:

Candidate who successfully complete all components of the Conditional Job Offer are eligible to receive the final job offer with a class date to begin Operations Firefighter Recruit training.

candidates who provided an equivalent driver’s licence at the time of application are required to provide Human Resources with a valid Ontario unrestricted Class A, B, C or D Driver’s Licence with Z air brake endorsement at the time of receiving a final job offer.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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