The Fire Fighter Recruitment FAQ
How Do I Apply?
- Our Fall 2013 Recruitment Campaign has concluded. Our next recruitment campaign will take place no earlier than the Fall of 2016. At that time you will be able apply online.
Do I Qualify?
- Be legally entitled to work in Canada.
- Have achieved Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
- Hold a valid, unrestricted Ontario Drivers License with an excellent driving record.
(G1 & G2 Licenses are not acceptable)
- Successful applicants must receive a Class DZ Ontario Drivers 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
- Be able to swim proficiently.
- Have effective English communication skills.
- Have the ability to successfully complete comprehensive written, medical, physical and
swimming tests. See our Do I Have to Do a Physical/Medical Test? section.
- Have a Criminal Records Search, Vulnerable Sector Screening that is acceptable to the City
of Mississauga. See our Do I Need a Criminal Record Search? section.
- Have Current Standard First Aid and CPR C Level certificates. See our
What Type of First Aid Training is Required? Section.
Do I Need a Firefighter Pre-Service or Other College/University Affiliated Courses
- No. Although Pre-Service and/or College/University courses related to the Fire Service are
considered a definite asset, it is not a prerequisite. Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services
are looking for a broad range of people with different educational/technical/mechanical
What Type of First Aid Training is Required?
- All candidates must have Current Standard First Aid and CPR "C" Level
certificates. (Current refers to an expiry date of November 2013 or later OR course
completion date of November 2011 or later)
- If you have not obtained a Current Standard First Aid and CPR "C" Level
Certificates please click here
to see class times and schedules that are offered by the City of Mississauga Recreation
- For classes starting Saturday September 14, 2013 enter code 606828
- For classes starting Saturday September 21, 2013 enter code 606831
- For classes starting Saturday October 19, 2013 enter code 606830
Do I Have to Do a Written Test?
Do I Have to Do a Face-to-Face Interview?
- Yes, if you are selected with a specific level of test score and skills assessment you may
be forwarded to a first round interview.
- The first interview typically consists of an interview with Fire Management and Human
- If you are selected a second interview will be conducted by a panel headed by our Fire
Chief or Deputy Chief.
Do I Have to Do a Physical/Medical/Swim Test?
The following areas are assessed during the Medical evaluation
- Visual Acuity
- Colour Vision
- Depth Preception
- Lung Function
- Medical History
- Consists of a continuous swim of 200 m any stroke, not timed in a 25 m pool.
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
Is Training Provided?
Recruit Training Program follows the competencies of NFPA 1001:
- Fire Department Organization
- Fire Behaviour
- Ropes & Knots
- Water Supply
- Hose & Appliances
- Fire Streams
- Fire Suppression
- Forcible Entry
- 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
- Terrorism Awareness
- FF Survival & Rapid Intervention
What Skills Are An Asset?
Some of the skills we are looking for from a potential Firefighter are:
- Post-Secondary Education
- Trades Qualification
- Community College Fire Protection Engineering Technician/Technology Program
- Pre-Service Training Certificate Programs/Fire College Programs
- 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
- 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
- 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
Our Fall 2013 Firefighter Recruitment Campaign is now closed.
We thank all those who participated in the CPS Testing. The results of the testing can be viewed by clicking below.
CLICK HERE FOR TEST RESULTS
Please use your four digit ID number to access your results.
Only those candidates who scored a 70% Score or above will be forwarded to a stage where their application, questionnaire and qualifications will be reviewed. Please note that those who scored a 69% or lower will not be considered for a review of their qualifications at this time.
We have determined that the earliest Firefighter class we will be holding will be in the Fall of 2014 or the Spring of 2015, so we are not requesting information from applicants to review at this time. We will e-mail candidates directly when we wish to review applicant information.
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
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.