Fire Fighters

The Fire Fighter Recruitment FAQ


How Do I Apply?

  • Our next recruitment campaign will take place in the Fall of 2016.
    At that time you will be able apply online.

Do I Qualify?

Candidates must:
  • Must possess a valid CTS (Candidate Testing Services) Certificate from the OFAI (Ontario Fire Administration Inc.) at time of application.  
    Information can be obtained at
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Have achieved Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
  • Hold a valid, unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License with an excellent driving record. (G1 & G2 Licenses are not acceptable)
    • Successful applicants must receive a Class DZ Ontario Driver’s License within 6 months of hiring date.
  • Have excellent hearing without the use of artificial aids.
  • Have visual acuity of 20/30 uncorrected in each eye and colour vision which is safe for firefighting.
  • Be able to swim proficiently.
  • Have effective English communication skills.
  • Have the ability to successfully complete comprehensive written, medical, physical and swimming tests.
    Refer to the  “Do I Have to Do a Physical/Medical Test?” section for more information. 
  • Have a Criminal Records Search, Vulnerable Sector Screening that is acceptable to the City of Mississauga.
    Refer to the “Do I Need a Criminal Record Search?” section for more information.
  • Have Current Standard First Aid and CPR “C” Level certificates.
     Refer to the  “What Type of First Aid Training is Required?” section for more information. 

Do I Need a Firefighter Pre-Service or Other College/University Affiliated Courses to Qualify?

  • You will need to meet the requirements to obtain a  valid CTS (Candidate Testing Services) Certificate from the OFAI (Ontario Fire Administration Inc.) at time of application.   Information can be obtained at ..

What Type of First Aid Training is Required?

  • All candidates must have Current Standard First Aid and CPR "C" Level certificates

Do I Have to Do a Written Test?

  • Yes,  as part of the Candidate Testing Services (CTS) from the OFAI (Ontario Fire Administration Inc.) certification, you will be required to complete the National Fire Select Test during Stage One. This must be done prior to submitting your application.

Do I Have to Do a Face-to-Face Interview?

  • Yes, if you are selected with a specific level skills assessment, you may be forwarded to a first round interview.  
         ** The first invitation typically consists of an interview with two of our Fire District Chiefs. 
  • If you are selected for a second interview, you will be asked additional questions by a panel headed by our Fire Chief and/or Assistant Chief. 
  • You may be invited to a practical exercise after the second interview, prior to the referencing stage.

Do I Have to Do a Physical/Medical/Swim Test?

  • Yes, candidates must be fit physically, medically and be able to swim proficiently.   As part of the Candidate Testing Services (CTS) from the OFAI (Ontario Fire Administration Inc.) certification, you will be screened medically at Stage Two.  This must be done prior to submitting your application.
  • The CPAT will be administered as part of Stage Three in the Candidate Testing Services through OFAI.  This must be done prior to submitting your application.
  • A medical exam will take place at the final stage of our recruitment process.

Do I Have to Provide Previous Work References?

  • Candidates moving forward from the Interview stage will be reference checked. You must provide 3 work related references from either supervisors or managers that you directly reported to (reference consent forms will be provided at the interview session).

Do I Need a Criminal Record Search?

  • A criminal Record search, vulnerable sector screening will be requested of the applicant when invited to a first interview.
  • One needs to obtain this search from the Police Service where you reside at the time of the interview.

Is Training Provided?

  • All newly hired Firefighters with Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services embarks on a 12-14 week training program at our training facilities at the Garry W. Morden Centre which is located at:

    Garry W. Morden Centre
    7535 - 9th Line
    Mississauga, ON
    L5N 7C3
Recruit Training Program follows the competencies of NFPA 1001:
  • Fire Department Organization
  • Professionalism
  • Safety
  • Fire Behaviour
  • Ropes & Knots
  • Ladders
  • Water Supply
  • Hose & Appliances
  • Fire Streams
  • Extinguishers
  • Fire Suppression
  • Forcible Entry
  • Ventilation
  • Search & Rescue
  • Salvage & Overhaul
  • Incident Management
  • Fire Cause Determination
  • Apparatus Operations, driving, pumping
  • Hazmat Operations
  • Specialized Rescue Awareness
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Public Education
  • Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
  • Communications
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • FF Survival & Rapid Intervention

What Skills Are An Asset?

Some of the skills we are looking for from a potential Firefighter are:
  • Trades Qualification
  • Community College – Fire Protection Engineering Technician/Technology Program
  • Previous or Current Firefighting Experience
  • Previous Emergency Services Experience (e.g. Paramedic)
  • Previous Military/Coast Guard Experience
  • Lifeguard (NLS Certification)
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Training
  • Climbing Skills – Mountain/Rope
  • Medical, Ski Patrol or Other Professional Emergency Service Certification
  • Coaching/Teaching/Counselling/Recreation Leadership
  • Volunteer Work
  • Driving Heavy Vehicles
  • Operating Heavy Equipment
  • Specialized Aircraft Licensing
  • Confined Space Training

What Do Firefighters Do?

  • Medical Aid – administer First Aid and CPR, in addition to cardiac care using semi-automatic defibrillators.
  • Rescue Operations – Search and rescue; removing injured persons from motor vehicles, industrial accidents and confined spaces; water rescue.
  • Firefighting – handling hose lines, operating firefighting equipment using hand tools.
  • Public Education – presenting programs and attending public events to promote fire safety awareness.
  • Fire Prevention – inspecting commercial, industrial and residential buildings; enforcing the Provincial Building and Fire Codes and Municipal by-laws; preparing emergency pre-plans.
  • Hazardous Material Management – controlling toxic spills that may endanger the public or the environment.
  • Maintenance – daily upkeep of grounds, buildings and apparatus.

On the job training in the above techniques is provided on a continuous basis to all firefighters. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform City Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.  All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

A candidate's sex, age, colour, race, or religion is not a factor in the selection process.   In fact, Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services is actively seeking applications from individuals who reflect the City's diverse community.