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The current requirements to be eligible to apply to become a firefighter with the Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services are:

  • Must successfully complete and be in possession of valid Candidate Testing Services Certificates from Ontario Fire Administration, all three(3) stages;
  • Have reached 18 years of age and be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be able to understand and communicate clearly (orally and written) in English;
  • Have uncorrected 20/30 vision in each eye, satisfactory peripheral and colour vision, and hearing (without artificial aids) that meet the standards for safe firefighting;
  • Have received a secondary school graduation certificate or equivalent;
  • Be in possession of NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications  certified by IFSAC (International Fire Service Accreditation Congress) or the Pro Board/ or related firefighting experience;
  • Hold and maintain a valid, unrestricted Ontario Driver's Licence Class "D" with a "Z" endorsement (or out of province) or equivalent and a clean drivers abstract;
  • Hold a valid Standard First Aid and CPR "C" Level (Basic Rescuer) certificates;
  • Be able to handle intense and sustained physical effort necessary to safely perform firefighting duties;
  • Have no criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted;
  • Be able to respond to fire calls within a reasonable amount of time.

These requirements will be subject to change and the City will only accept applications when we have an active posting. To determine if we have an active posting please visit the City's employment opportunities web page.

For more information contact

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808 2nd Avenue East,
Owen Sound, ON
N4K 2H4
Phone: 519-376-1440
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