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Competition Number 
Development & Emergency Services
Posting Category 
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Job Type 
Number of Positions 
Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 193
CA-ON-Thunder Bay
Pay Band 
Posted Date 
Post End Date 
Effective Date 
July 8, 2008
Supersedes Date 
August 30, 2006

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Fight Fires, Save Lives

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Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is continually working on building a diverse, innovative, nationally recognized Fire Rescue Service committed to ongoing quality service to the community it serves.


Our mission is “To Save Life, Property and Environment by Providing Fire Protection, Rescue, Public Education and Medical Assistance to Our Community.”


If you are committed to serving your community, helping people, working in a team environment,  are willing to continuously learn, and are physically fit, you may be an ideal candidate for a career as a Firefighter with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue.


The first stage of the recruitment process, the written aptitude test, will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018.   A registration fee of $60 will be required prior to completing the aptitude test. 


Applicants are required to register and apply online at to complete an online application form, submit a resume, cover letter, and provide proof of education and certificates.  All registered applicants (up to 500) will be invited to write the aptitude test, and will be provided with more information about this process via email (including how to pay for the registration fee) prior to March 3, 2018


Learn more about becoming a City of Thunder Bay firefighter by attending one of our information sessions, which will be held on:

  • January 25, 2018 at the Confederation College Lecture Theatre from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, and
  • February 6, 2018 at the 750 Hammond Avenue (Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Training Centre) from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Visit Become a Firefighter to learn more about becoming a firefighter with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue.


General Information:


As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.


Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.


Application forms must reference the competition number and be submitted to Human Resources.



Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: The emergency response role involves the control and extinguishment of fire, salvage, and rescue work and many other duties, under the immediate supervision of superior officer. The fire station role involves duties relating to maintenance of station, vehicles, and equipment, as well as training and preparedness to respond quickly to any emergency.



  1. Responds to all alarms of fire or other emergency and operates fire hose lines, nozzles and related hose line adapters and various types of portable extinguishers, as well as hydrants, sprinkler and standpipe connections and other special fire protection systems.
  2. Drives fire apparatus to and from emergency calls, and operates fire pumps to provide fire streams, and at other times, operates controls of aerial ladders.
  3. Carries, places, operates and works from different types of ladders and gains access to buildings or structures by use of forcible entry tools and equipment, while sometimes using various types of protective breathing apparatus when required to work in hazardous atmospheres.
  4. Ventilates buildings and structures by natural or mechanical means; performs rescue and salvage operations while handling tools and equipment pertaining to these operations.
  5. Performs overhauling operations and related functions.
  6. Administers basic first aid and performs artificial respiration and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation; operates mechanical resuscitators.
  7. Performs extrication practices and special assignments as may be required and operates various types of detection instruments employed by the Fire Department to detect hazardous situations.
  8. Takes general care of and makes minor repairs to tools and equipment; cleans and keeps in good condition, personal protective clothing, vehicles, station, furnishings and grounds of the hall to which assigned.
  9. Participates in Pre-Fire Planning and Home Inspection Program, or any other such public service program as may be adopted by the Department; attends and participates in any training session to which individual or crew is assigned.
  10. Takes such oral, practical or written examination as is stipulated by Department policy.
  11. Performs such other duties as may be directed by superior officers.




  • Secondary school graduation;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Standard First Aid, CPR certification and defibrillation certification


  • Must possess or be able to obtain a Class D-Z Ontario Driver’s Licence;
  • Must meet standards for visual acuity (Best-corrected – stable 20/20 binocular visual acuity with no less than 20/100 in the worse eye [soft or RGP contacts, glasses/lens inserts are all acceptable] and Un-corrected – stable 20/100 binocular visual acuity), normal colour vision and vision field testing);
  • Must undergo medical pre-placement health screening including successful completion of the Corporation’s employment medical examination, possible MTO medical exam, along with baseline audiometric and pulmonary function testing;
  • Must undergo a successful police records check, Type II;
  • Must have the ability to work at heights or on ladders without signs of acrophobia and in confined spaces and smoke filled areas without signs of claustrophobia;
  • Must successfully complete the Fire Department’s job-related physical fitness testing;
  • Must successfully complete the eight-month probationary exam and evaluation;
  • Will be required to submit to finger printing.