Recruitment Information

Recruitment is CLOSED


Firefighting is a demanding and respected profession that offers an opportunity to provide valued services to the public.  We are seeking individuals who embrace the delivery model for fire protection that is based on the three lines of defense against fire: 

  1. Public Fire Safety Education
  2. Fire Safety Standards and Enforcement
  3. Emergency Response

Firefighters are expected to maintain a high standard of professionalism, integrity, credibility, solve problems, work as part of a dynamic team and possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

If you are committed to serving your community and helping people, are willing to continuously train and learn, and work well in a team environment, you may be an ideal candidate for a career with North Bay Fire and Emergency Services.

You must be physically fit and psychologically prepared to handle the sustained, intense, physical effort often required to perform these duties. You will be required to work at heights and confined spaces, and wear supplied safety equipment.


The General Duties and Responsibilities for the position of Firefighter include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform public education and public relations
  • Participate in fire safety inspections
  • Develop pre-incident plans
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development
  • Perform firefighter safety practices
  • Perform fire ground operations
  • Perform rescue operations
  • Perform hazardous materials and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear operations
  • Provide emergency patient care
  • Operate and maintains fire apparatus
  • Maintain fire equipment
  • Perform communication duties
  • Perform administrative duties
  • Other Duties and Responsibilities as may be assigned


Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I and II certified from an accredited program from a recognized institution, accredited by the International Fire Services Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or Pro Board (must be complete with seals)
  • Valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Services certificate including Stage One, Two, Three. Please Note:  Candidates required to renew their certificates during the recruitment and selection process must do so at their own expense.
  • Valid Standard First Aid and “Basic Rescuer” CPR (Level C) or better
  • Valid Class "D" Ontario Driver’s Licence with "Z" endorsement
  • Have a pardon if previously convicted of a criminal offence
  • Be available to respond and report to the fire station in an emergency situation within 30 minutes when off duty
  • Willingness and ability to work in extremely adverse and dangerous situations and under stressful conditions
  • Initiative
  • Problem solving/analytical skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to effectively prioritize tasks/demands, as appropriate
  • Must be familiar with the legislation/regulations that apply to this position
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal/Interaction skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work and positively interact within a diverse work environment
  • Commitment to personal and professional development and in continuing training and education through ongoing learning

Note: Prior to a conditional job offer, candidates will be required to pass a psychological suitability and resiliency assessment.

What would make a preferred applicant?

We actively seek candidates who possess skills, certifications and education that are over and above our minimum requirements:

  • University degree, Community College Diploma or Trade Certification in any discipline recognized by the Ontario College of Trades
  • EMCA Designation
  • Advanced emergency medical training
  • Advanced technical rescue training
  • Advanced hazardous materials training
  • Previous experience in emergency services, construction, trades mechanical, large vehicle operation, military (please define if experience is full-time/part-time/seasonal)
  • Community service involvement (please define role and commitment level e.g., yearly, monthly, weekly)
  • Computer literacy, utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Coaching/Teaching/Counselling/Recreation Leadership


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