Full-time Firefighter Recruitment

2017/18 OS & CPS test results

View the results of the OS & CPS testing (PDF, 688.2 KB)

Test results are sorted by Personal Identification Number. To find your Personal Identification Number, refer to the testing confirmation email sent by Gledhill Shaw. 

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email.


For inquiries, Email: careerfire2017/18@hamilton.ca.

The Hamilton Fire Department is responsible for the delivery of fire protection services to Hamilton citizens. The department offers both full-time and volunteer firefighter positions to men and women who are community-minded, highly motivated and team players. If this describes you, then consider becoming a firefighter with us.

Hamilton’s Fire Department operates out of 30 sites across the city. We have 17 fire stations with full-time firefighters who respond to different emergency situations and 13 fire stations staffed by volunteer firefighters.

Firefighters are responsible for a wide variety of duties including, but not limited to:

  • Applying first aid to stabilize and prepare patients for transport to medical care facilities.
  • Assisting with the development of pre-fire plans.
  • Controlling hazardous materials to prevent injury or loss of life and to minimize property and environmental damage.
  • Maintaining fire equipment.
  • Operating fire apparatus such as pumpers, aerial devices, tankers, rescue trucks, and support vehicles within the structure of the Highway Traffic Act.
  • Participating in fire safety inspections.
  • Participating in public relations activities.
  • Performing administrative duties.
  • Performing communication duties including operating mobile and portable radios, computers, and other equipment.
  • Performing fire ground operations under the direction of a supervisor.
  • Performing rescue operations as part of a team and individually.
  • Performing station duties.

To become a firefighter with the City, you must:

  • Be able to communicate in English both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to conduct routine maintenance and cleaning of stations, apparatus, and equipment.
  • Be able to make decisions and react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.
  • Obtain an Ontario Class ‘DZ’ driver’s licence before December 1, 2017, with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton.
  • Be able to obtain a valid York University Fitness Certificate and Assessment upon receiving a conditional offer of employment.
  • Be able to provide photo identification.
  • Be able to work in a highly structured work environment, on rotating shifts, following the rules, regulations and procedures of the department.
  • Be capable of learning and performing the various methods and techniques used in extinguishing and preventing fires and in rescue techniques.
  • Have a valid Class “G” Driver’s Licence with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton at time of application. A valid Class “DZ” licence with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton is required on or before December 1, 2017.
  • Have a willingness to participate (on-duty) in a professionally regulated physical fitness program and in training courses directly related to the duties of the job.
  • Have an Ontario High School Diploma or approved equivalent.
  • Have the ability to acquire a general knowledge of hazardous materials, poisonous substances, arson detection, life safety systems and other job related subjects, and be familiar with the procedures associated with these subjects.
  • Have the ability to work within confined spaces or high places.
  • Have visual requirements of at least 20/30 in each eye without corrective lenses, have normal depth perception, and have colour vision.
  • Have, at minimum, a Basic Rescuer or Level “C” Certificate (Heart and Stroke) and Standard First Aid Certificate (Canadian Red Cross, Canadian St. John’s Ambulance or WSIB approved training is acceptable, dated no more than 12 months before the date of your application. Any training that exceeds these minimum requirements would be considered an asset. You must present both certificates at the time of interview.)
  • Maintain the physical strength and agility to perform hard work and operate all firefighting/rescue apparatus and equipment, as well as safety equipment under adverse conditions, frequently, for prolonged periods of time.
  • Not have any criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted.

Required firefighter tests

After you apply for a position, you need to write the CPS Entry Firefighter Test (aptitude) and the OS Firefighting Assessment. The City has secured the services of Gledhill Shaw Enterprises Ltd. to administer the two written tests. Each candidate must first apply for a Firefighter position then register with Gledhill Shaw with payment and write both test components in order to be considered further in the hiring process. 

Register for the CPS and OS Firefighting Assessment
Registration is open from Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8 am to Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6 pm.

The OS-Fire Fighting Assessment Test is a functional characteristics assessment to examine essential personal and performance characteristics in applicants for fire fighting positions. It is an objective assessment tool based on occupational requirements that were identified by fire fighting experts to be essential for the maintenance of public safety in fire fighting. The OS-Fire Fighting Test is not an aptitude test.

The assessment includes up to 250 questions that deal with a variety of emergency situations or sets of circumstances as well as mathematical and mechanical problems. These questions are grouped to reflect specific characteristic areas that Fire Services consider essential to effective performance and public safety. This test takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

To be considered successful in the OS Test, you must meet/ pass all required areas. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee an interview.

The CPS-Entry Firefighter Test is a cognitive test of selected knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to succeed as a fire fighter in today’s environment. This entry-level test helps identify those candidates who will perform well in training and go on to perform successfully on the job.

The CPS consists of 100 questions, divided into sections to gauge the candidate’s understanding of written and oral information, arithmetic reasoning, maps, diagrams and mechanical drawings and information. The answers to the questions in the test are recorded on a separate computer bubble scan sheet and marked out of 100.

After the reading of an oral passage, candidates will be permitted approximately 2 hours to complete the test. Candidates can prepare by studying basic mathematic and mechanical manuals and Fire Fighter preparatory material that is readily available in retail bookstores.

To be considered successful in the CPS Test, you must achieve a minimum of 85%, Meeting the requirements does not guarantee an interview.

Candidates who get a conditional offer will have to obtain a York University Firefighter Fitness Assessment at their own expense. The City only accepts the York Fitness Assessments.

Vision, hearing & lungs assessment

The assessment includes:

  • a test of your eyesight, colour vision, and depth perception.
  • a hearing test (audiogram).
  • a lung assessment (to determine the health of your lungs and airways).

At the time of a conditional job offer you must possess prescribed visual requirements of 20/30 in each eye without corrective lenses, normal depth perception, and normal colour vision.

Physical fitness evaluation

The physical tests that you must pass are designed to be directly related to fire suppression operations. Firefighters must have the strength, agility and endurance to carry and climb ladders, wear and use self-contained breathing apparatus, place and operate hose lines, and execute a rescue and many other activities.

Aerobic fitness
Aerobic fitness is measured directly using expired air analysis while running on a treadmill. The speed and incline are gradually increased until the candidate reaches his/her maximum intensity. This test is designed to measure endurance or work capacity.

Participation in moderate to high intensity aerobic workouts (30 to 45 minutes per workout, 4 to 5 times per week) involving such activities as jogging, cycling, swimming and rowing, can help you prepare for the aerobic fitness assessment. Consult your physician and/or a qualified fitness instructor before starting any exercise program.  

There are eight job-related performance tests. The tests are designed to simulate the physical demands of a firefighter's job which requires both muscular strength and endurance.

To prepare for these tests, you may wish to participate in supervised weight training, stretching and an aerobic exercise program to increase strength, improve flexibility, and enhance aerobic fitness. Consult your physician and/or a qualified fitness instructor before starting any exercise program. 

Claustrophobia test

Wearing a blacked-out face piece, you will be locked in a confined area for a time to be determined by the tester. While you are confined, you will be instructed by the tester to reach up to the top, left front corner and count the number of washers on a bolt sticking out of the wall. You must then call out the correct number to the tester. This test detects fear of confined areas. It is scored on a pass/fail basis.

Ladder climb - Acrphobia test

Wearing a 9.1 kg cylinder from a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), you will climb a 12.2 m extension ladder, uncouple and re-couple a wall-mounted hose connection, then climb down the ladder. This test assesses fear of heights (acrophobia) and manual dexterity.

Ladder lift

You will remove and replace a 25.5 kg ladder from brackets mounted 1.93 m above the floor. This test simulates the demands involved in numerous firefighting activities such as pike poling and removing ladders from aerial beds which require working at or above chest/shoulder height. It assesses muscular strength and endurance of your upper body and back.

Victim drag

You will drag a 91 kg "victim" a distance of 15 m while weaving in and out of traffic cones placed every 3 m. This simulates rescuing a downed firefighter wearing full turn-out gear. It assesses upper body, back, plus lower body muscular strength, agility and dynamic balance.

Hose advance/ drag

You will pull a 70 kg sled which simulates pulling a charged hose line (a hose line that is ready to discharge water), a distance of 15 m. This test assesses leg power and muscular strength of your upper body.

Hose carry/ stair climb

You will lift and carry over your shoulder a 38.5 kg bundle of hose up and down two flights of stairs twice. This test simulates carrying equipment to the staging areas of a high-rise fire. It assesses dynamic balance, muscular strength of the upper body and back, plus muscular endurance and power of your legs.

Rope pull

Using a rope, you will hoist and lower in a hand-over-hand manner, a 22.5 kg weight to a height of 20 m. This test simulates hoisting firefighting equipment to and from windows or roofs. It assesses manual dexterity plus the muscular strength and endurance of your upper body and back.

Forced entry

In this test you are required to move a heavily weighted tire a distance of 12 inches (30.5 cm) on a table, by hitting the tire repeatedly with a 10 lb (4.5 kg) sledge hammer. This task simulates a forced entry through a door or wall and requires upper body strength, upper body endurance and motor ability. The height of the table is the height of a door handle and also the height at which a sledgehammer or axe is normally swung during a forced entry.

The tester will record the number of hits and the total time taken to complete the task. Timing begins when you first draw the sledge hammer back from the tire and ends when the tire first contacts the wall.

Be aware that the hammer will rebound, so hold onto the hammer tightly during both the hit and rebound.

Review What to Expect During the Recruitment Process for further details on the below dates.

May 2017
Application process opens Thursday, May 25, 2017

June 2017
Application process closes Wednesday, June 14, 2017

July 2017
Registration to Gledhill Shaw for OS & CPS Testing July 13 to 19, 2017

August 2017
OS & CPS Testing August 10, 11 & 12, 2017
Applicants are required to attend on one of the three dates.
One test is in the morning and one test is in the afternoon. Both tests must be written on the same day.
Location for testing: Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y2, Wentworth A, B and C Rooms.

The following information is for the first intake anticipated for March 2018

October 2017
First round of interviews October 16 to 20, 2017

November 2017
Second round of interviews in November 2017

December 2017
Conditional offers will be made week of December 11, 2017. You must obtain an Ontario class “DZ” driver’s licence on or before December 1, 2017, with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton.

January 2018
Physical fitness testing (York)

February 2018
Police Vulnerable Sector Check submission due by February 9, 2018
Employment start date - as required for our 2017/18 hiring
Training period - 18 weeks

Application process

If you would like to become a firefighter with the City, apply online during the recruitment window by answering the mandatory online questionnaire and attaching your resume. Once you register or log-in please ensure that “My Profile” is updated to include your current address, phone number and email address. All form of communication will be sent to you based on your profile information. If you do not fully complete the questionnaire or do not attach your resume, your application will be disqualified.

Registration & payment

All applicants are required to register for CPS Entry Firefighter Test (aptitude) and the OS Firefighting Assessment with Gledhill Shaw. You will not be contacted by the City. It is your responsibility to register. Each firefighter candidate must write both test components on the same day in order to be considered further in the hiring process.

Register for the assessment testing with Gledhill Shaw

Registration is open from Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8 am to Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6 pm.

You are required to book one of the following dates only:

  • Day 1 Thursday, August 10, 2017 
  • Day 2 Friday, August 11, 2017 
  • Day 3 Saturday, August 12, 2017

Booking is on a first come, first served basis. Once a session is fully booked you will not be able to choose the date.

A non-refundable testing fee of $140 (HST included) is to be paid at the time of online registration. PayPal or a major credit card will be the only acceptable form of payment.


Within 24 hours of registering, candidates will receive two separate emails, one from Gledhill Shaw and one from PayPal.

  • The email from Gledhill Shaw will include confirmation date of test registration, providing your Personal ID Number, items to bring to the test, and time and location of testing.
  • The second email is from PayPal confirming your payment. Candidates are required to bring a copy of the email confirmation to the testing.

If candidates do not receive a confirmation email after 24 hours please email Gledhill Shaw at gledhillconsulting@gmail.com 

Hamilton Fire Department will be employing two (2) mandatory tests as part of the process.

  • The OS (Occupational Screening) Firefighting Test is a readiness assessment based on functional characteristics that are essential for effective firefighter trainees.
  • The CPS (Cooperative Personal Services) Entry Firefighter Test is a cognitive test of certain knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to succeed as a firefighter in today’s environment.

Photo ID is required at time of testing and throughout the recruitment process.

  • Driver’s Licence
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Health Card

You must bring the following with you to the testing:

  • Test Confirmation Email
  • Two H or HB pencils and a good eraser
  • Photo ID
  • If you would like to bring water please do so as it will not be provided

Testing location

Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y2
Wentworth A, B and C Rooms.

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Check-in: 8 am
Test: 9 am

Date: Friday, August 11, 2017
Check-in: 8 am
Test: 9 am

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Check-in: 8 am
Test: 9 am

Directions & parking

If you are selected for an interview will we get a hold of you by email. 

Bring the original and one copy of each of the following documents to your interview:

  • Ontario High School Diploma or approved equivalent as established by the Ontario Ministry of Education. For evaluation of International educational certificates please contact:
  • Proof that your basic rescuer or level "C" CPR certificate (minimum) is valid at time of application and will remain valid throughout the process until time of hire.
  • Standard First Aid certificate (minimum) that is valid at time of application and will remain valid throughout the process until time of hire. Canadian Red Cross, Canadian St. John's ambulance, or WSIB-approved training is acceptable.
    • If a certificate for either CPR or First Aid is not available a letter on company or department letterhead outlining the recognized training stating the level and the date completed, may be accepted.
  • Valid Class “G” Driver’s Licence with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton at time of application. A valid Class “DZ” licence with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton is required on or before December 1, 2017.

If the above information is not provided at the interview, you will be disqualified from the process.

Conditional job offers will be made based on the number of jobs available. To be eligible to continue further in the process the following conditions must be met:

  1. Police Vulnerable Sector Check (satisfactory to the City)
  2. Valid York University Firefighter Fitness Assessment Evaluation
  3. Medical (administered by our physician)
  4. Reference Checks
  5. Driver’s Abstract Check (conducted by the City and satisfactory to us) 

Complete the Reference Consent Form (PDF, 140 KB). References must be employment-related and someone that you report or reported to.

You will be required to obtain a Police Vulnerable Sector Check at your own expense. To obtain your police check, go to the police service in the municipality where you permanently live.

In order for your application to be considered, you must not have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted at the time of application and your police check must be satisfactory to the City.

You will be contacted by the City with a date and time for your third-party medical assessment.

  • The cost of the medical assessment is covered by the City.
  • The required medical documents will be provided to you once your appointment has been confirmed.
  • You must successfully complete the medical assessment to be considered.
  • Your vision will be tested at the medical assessment. The acceptable vision required for this position is 20/30 in each eye without corrective lenses and the ability to satisfactorily complete a colour vision test.

Successful candidates start 18 weeks of training on their employment start date.