Recruitment Information

At the current time, North Bay Fire and Emergency Services is not actively seeking Probationary Firefighters.

The following provides a summary of key components of the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services Firefighter recruitment and selection process.

Eligibility Criteria and Qualifications:

  • Minimum Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Class “D” Ontario Driver’s Licence with “Z” Endorsement
  • Valid Standard First Aid and “Basic Rescuer” CPR (Level C) or better
  • Valid Candidate Testing Services Certificate through the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Be available to respond and report to the fire station in an emergency situation within 30 minutes when off duty
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have a pardon if previously convicted of a criminal offence
  • Willing to work 24 hour shifts (includes weekends and statutory holidays)


Assets Considered:

  • Sound knowledge of fire fighting principles, practices and equipment gained through either formal training and/or practical experience
  • Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program Certificate and/or volunteer firefighter experience
  • Previous experience in a mechanical or building trade

North Bay Fire Services supports the Ontario Operations Firefighter standards for education and candidate testing 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 and, (2) the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Candidate Testing Services is the new provincial standardized candidate testing service for the full-time fire services.


North Bay Fire and Emergency Services (City of North Bay) utilizes the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Services (CTS) which is wholly owned by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.   The OFAI Candidate Testing Service consists of five (5) mandatory assessments.  The OFAI five assessments, if passed successfully, will enable you to receive your full OFAI certification in which is required to apply for the position of Probationary Firefighter.


It is important to note that all candidates must follow the testing process as outlined by the Ontario Fire Administration Inc., by each stage/assessment.  Clicking on the following assessments will take you to the Ontario Fire Administration website for information, pricing, validity periods and re-testing policies for all assessments.  The testing facility is located at 2025 Courtney Park Drive in Mississauga, OntarioPre-assessment guides can be downloaded as part of the testing requirement.  

For information on the assessment process, registering for assessments or other information pertaining only to testing, please contact the OFAI office at 905-426-6756 or by email at


Stage One - National Fire Select Test

Stage Two, Part One - Medical Assessment

Stage Two, Part Two - Clinical Assessment

Part Two - CPAT Orientation (optional)

Stage Three, Part One - Candidate Physical Ability Test

Stage Three, Part Two - Firefighter Technical Skills Assessment