Firefighter Recruitment


You will be challenged to look within yourself to see if you have what it takes to meet the expectations of a career as a Firefighter. Our competition is thorough and you need to be prepared for these questions:

  • What unique skills can you offer our department?
  • What sets you apart from other candidates?
  • Can you work in an environment that follows a strict code of conduct and follow a chain of command?
  • Can you work in close quarters with others?
  • Can you work shift work, evenings, weekends and holidays?
  • Can you put your life at risk to save someone else?
If you feel that you can meet the above expectations and have answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, we encourage you to apply to the City of Sault Ste. Marie Fire Service. 

To be considered as a candidate, you must meet the following mandatory qualifications:
  • Secondary School Diploma; or equivalent with proof;
  • Minimum 18 years of age;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Valid Ontario unrestricted, Class ‘DZ’ License;
  • Current Drivers Abstract;
  • Valid First Aid and CPR certification, minimum Level C;
  • Completion of NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I and II, including NFPA 1072 (previous 472) Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, with Accreditation from International Fire Services Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or Pro-Board;
  • OFMEM Grandfathering Letter stating that the requirements for NFPA 1001, Level I & Level II based on experience or knowledge have been met; if applicable.
In addition to the above mandatory qualifications, candidates are encouraged to acquire additional education, training, job related experience, labor experience and other abilities. The Preferred Qualifications are:

  • Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training from an OFM, IFSAC or Pro-Board recognized institution
  • Fire Science (Degree or Diploma)
  • Fire Science Technology (Diploma or Certification)
  • Career Firefighting Service
  • Volunteer Firefighting Service
  • Emergency First Response Training
  • Post-Secondary Education (Degree, Diploma, Certificate)
  • Trade Certification
  • Fire Service Related Course(s)
  • Occupational Health & Safety Training/Courses (Diploma, Certificate)
  • Community Involvement
  • Ability to handle periods of intense and sustained physical, mental and emotional stress
  • Ability to work 24 hours shifts, weekends and holidays
*Requirements are subject to change for each recruitment; additional qualifications may be required*

Firefighter Recruitment Guide
Please view the Job Opportunities section for our current Firefighter opportunities.

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72 Tancred Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 2W1

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