Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment

Application period for the 2017/18 Volunteer Firefighter recruitment is  closed

 

Candidates moving forward in the recruitment process will be contacted by email.

Questions?

For inquiries, email volunteerfire2017/2018@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.

Please retain a copy of the Information Guide (PDF, 161.3 KB) for detailed information regarding the recruitment process and important dates. 

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

  • Responding to fire and rescue emergencies.
  • Performing manual work of a hazardous nature involving fighting fires, salvaging, and rescue work and administering first aid under direct supervision.
  • Participating in regular training and maintenance work of the fire station and equipment.
  • Making decisions and working without supervision until an Officer arrives on the scene.

To become a volunteer firefighter with the City, you must:

  • Be able to communicate in English both in speaking and writing.
  • Be able to conduct routine maintenance and cleaning of stations and all types of apparatus and equipment used.
  • Be able to obtain an Ontario class DZ driver’s licence during the probationary period.
  • Be able to work in a highly structured work environment and follow the rules, regulations and procedures of the Hamilton Fire 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 Ontario class G driver’s licence or higher with 0 demerit points satisfactory to the City of Hamilton.
  • 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 make decisions and to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.
  • Have visual requirements of at least 20/30 in each eye without corrective lenses, have normal depth perception, and have colour vision.
  • 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.
  • Successfully complete the recruit-training program.

Apply online by attaching your resume and answering the mandatory questionnaire. Applications are disqualified if:

  • The mandatory questionnaire is not completed in full
  • Your resume is not submitted
  • False statements are made on your resume or questionnaire

2017/18 important dates

Review What to expect during the volunteer firefighter recruitment process for further details on the below dates.

1. Application process

  • Open date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Close date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2. Written aptitude test

  • Invite notifications sent via email: Week of September 18, 2017
  • Invited applicants are required to attend testing: Saturday, September 30, 2017
  • Location for testing: 
    • Hamilton Fire Department
      Indoor Training Facility Building
      1227 Stone Church Road East
      Hamilton, ON  L8W 2C7 

The information below is for the first intake anticipated for February 2018


3. Interview process

  • Invite notifications will be sent by email: Week of October 16, 2017
  • Interviews will be conducted: October 23 to November 4, 2017
  • Location for Interviews: At the volunteer station which you applied to

4. Physical agility test

  • Invite notifications will be sent by email: Week of November 13, 2017
  • Invited applicants are required to attend testing: December 2, 2017

5. Conditional offers 

  • Conditional offers will be made by e-mail outlining next steps: Week of December 11, 2017
    (Police vulnerable sector check, medicals, licence and driver’s abstract check, references)

6. Medicals

  • December/January 2017/18

Note: Your vision will be tested at the medical. The acceptable vision required for this position is 20/30 in each eye without corrective lenses. You must satisfactorily complete a colour vision test.

7. Firm offers

  • Firm offers will be made by email: Week of January 22, 2018

8. Recruit training program

  • First intake: February 15, 2018
  • Second intake: August 20, 2018 

Note: All qualified applicants will take the written aptitude test on September 30, 2017. Only those applicants that are being considered for the February 2018 hiring will be invited to the interview process in October 2017. Applicants not contacted for an interview in October 2017 will be informed by e-mail of the status of their application for the potential inclusion in the August 2018 intake.


What to expect during the volunteer firefighter recruitment process

The City of Hamilton only accepts applications during specified recruitment campaign dates. These dates will be advertised as they become available.


Catchment areas

You must live within eight kilometres and five minutes from the Volunteer Fire Station to which you are applying (based on Google Maps).

Click on the address below to link to Google Maps for the station you are applying for:

Station # Address
14 595 Chapel Hill Road Elfrida
15 415 Arvin Avenue Stoney Creek
16 939 Barton Street East Stoney Creek
17 363 Isaac Brock Drive Stoney Creek
18 2636 Highway #56 Binbrook
19 3302 Homestead Drive Mount Hope
21 365 Wilson Street West Ancaster
24 252 Parkside Drive Waterdown
25 361 Old Brock Road Greensville
26 119 Lynden Road Lynden
27 795 Old Highway #8 Rockton
28 1801 Brock Road Freelton

Contact the Area Commanders’ Office at 905-546-2424, extension 6078 if you have any questions about whether you live within a catchment area.


Invite notifications will be sent via email  to candidates who qualify for the written aptitude test. The test will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Documents required for registration:

  • A Valid Class “G” Driver’s Licence with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton at time of application (street address must match what is listed on your on-line contact information in “My Profile” or as indicated on your manual mandatory questionnaire) is required for registration.

Testing:

  • Paper and pencils will be provided. 
  • Calculators are not permitted.

Please note: Successfully completing the written aptitude test does not guarantee an interview. 

Interviews will be conducted from October 23 to November 4, 2017. If you are selected for an interview you will be contacted via email.

Required documents to be provided at the interview

Original and one copy of each of the following documents are required at the interview:

  • A minimum valid Class “G” Driver’s Licence with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton at time of application (street address must match what is listed on your on-line contact information in “My Profile” or as indicated on your manual mandatory questionnaire) is required for this step in the process.
  • The City of Hamilton Reference Consent Form will be provided to you when you are contacted for an interview.  You will be required to bring the completed Reference Consent Form to the interview listing three (3) references.  Please note these employment references must be people that you have reported to and at least one of the references must be someone you have reported to within the last three (3) years.  Personal references are not acceptable.

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

You must successfully pass the interview process to be considered further.

Invite notifications will be sent by e-mail to candidates who qualify for the physical agility test. The test will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Documents required for registration

  • A Valid Class “G” Driver’s Licence with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton at time of application is required for registration (street address must match what is listed on your on-line contact information in “My Profile” or as indicated on your manual mandatory questionnaire). .

Attire

  • Please ensure you wear the appropriate clothing (i.e. active wear - running shoes, and gym clothes) to complete the physical agility test.We ask that you do not wear shorts.

Wearing a firefighter turnout coat, gloves, hardhat, and a blackened-out mask, you will crawl on your hands and knees through a maze. As you move through the maze you will be following the openings in each section by feeling for the openings with your hand. The maze will have a basic square, three sides of the square will be closed and one side or front open. It will also consist of a short cylindrical tube, and a round opening as well. You will be watched by an instructor who will help you if you get into trouble during the task. The instructor will help you put on the mask and entering the maze and upon exiting the maze, the examiner will tell you to stand and remove your mask.

The applicant must complete this test in less than six minutes. If the applicant is unable to complete the test in the required time, removes his/her mask during the test, or panics while wearing the mask, the applicant will be classified as failing the test and all further testing will be discontinued.

Applicant to maintain three point contact when climbing.

Wearing a firefighter turnout coat, gloves, safety belt and rope, you will climb up to the top of the ladder and touch the ladder tip with both hands. The examiner will assist to secure and remove the safety belt from the applicant's waist. After reaching the tip, proceed down the ladder three rungs where you will be instructed by the examiner to take a leg lock. The leg lock will be demonstrated to the group by one of the examiners before the testing begins. Once the examiner is satisfied that the leg lock has been completed correctly you will then be instructed to remove both your hands from the ladder and lean backwards. After completing this evolution you will be instructed to release your leg lock and proceed down the ladder to the ground.

The applicant must complete this test in less than five minutes. If the applicant is unable to complete the test in the required time, or panics while climbing the ladder the applicant will be classified as failing the test and all further testing will be discontinued.

Wearing a firefighter turnout coat, gloves and hard hat you will grasp the marked rungs of the four roof ladder, lift it off the apparatus bracket (as a unit), carry it 15 m, then place it upright against the wall with the bottom positioned on a designated line. Upon direction for the examiner, you will return the ladder to its position on the apparatus bracket. If you drag the ladder you will fail the test.

The applicant must complete this test in less than four minutes. If the applicant is unable to complete the test in the required time, or is unable to complete the required task, the applicant will be classified as failing the test and all further testing will be discontinued.

Wearing a firefighter turnout coat and gloves, you will grasp the training dummy weighing 81 kg under the arms and around the chest and drag it a distance of 15 m, while weaving in and out of traffic cones placed 3 m apart. You will be disqualified if you pull on the dummy's arms or use its handle.

The applicant must complete this test in less than two minutes. If the applicant is unable to complete the test in the required time, refuses to or is unable to drag the dummy, or is unable to complete the required distance, the applicant will be classified as failing the test and all further testing will be discontinued.

Wearing a firefighter turnout coat and gloves, you are required to pull a 65 mm hose filled with water, (not charged) from the west wall, and advance the line to the brass drain on the East wall a distance of 30 m.

The applicant must stay within the boundaries of the course at all times or you will be disqualified. The task must complete this test in less than two minutes. If the applicant is unable to complete the test in the required time, refuses to, or is unable to drag the hose, or is unable to complete the required distance, the applicant will be classified as failing the test and all further testing will be discontinued.

Wearing a firefighter turnout coat and gloves, you are required to pick up two foam pails weighing a combined weight of 32 kg and carry them through an obstacle course of 15 m. You will be required to open a door and proceed through an obstacle course. After completing the obstacle course you will proceed back to the room where you started with the pails. You must stay within the boundaries of the course at all times and you are not allowed to place the pails on the ground (except to open the door) during the course or you will be disqualified.

The applicant must complete this test in less than three minutes. If the applicant is unable to complete the test in the required time, refuses to, or is unable to pick up the pails, or is unable to complete the required distance, the applicant will be classified as failing the test and all further testing will be discontinued.

Wearing a firefighter turnout coat, you are required to hoist a 15 m length of 65 mm hose rolled in a donut, by rope and pulleys up to the fifth floor mezzanine, and lower the same to the ground in a controlled manner. This is a timed event and time will be started as soon as you apply tension on the rope. The load must be pulled and lowered (in a controlled manner). When the load reaches the floor, the time will be stopped. If you let go of the rope before pulling the load to the mezzanine or if you drop the hose when lowering it, you will be disqualified.

The applicant must complete this test in less than three minutes. If the applicant is unable to complete the test in the required time, refuses to, or is unable to pull the load, or is unable to pull the load the required distance, the applicant will be classified as failing the test and all further testing will be discontinued.

Wearing firefighter turnout coat, gloves, hard hat and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (no mask), you will lift and carry over your shoulder a bundle of 65 mm hose (folded and tied), weighing approximately 32 kg. Once the hose is placed on your shoulder you will proceed to the fifth floor with contact of the handrail maintained and touching every step. Once you get to the fifth floor you will switch shoulders with the load so as to maintain contact on the hand rail for the decent down the stairs to ground level four times in succession without stopping. You will make contact with every step and not skip any steps while ascending or descending the stairs.

The applicant must complete this test in less than 10 minutes. If the applicant is unable to complete the test in the required time, drops the hose during the test or misses a step while going up or down the stairs, refuses to climb the stairs carrying the hose or is unable to complete the trip, the applicant will be classified as failing the test and all further testing will be discontinued.

Conditional offers will be made by e-mail the week of December 11, 2017. To be eligible to continue further in the process the following conditions must be satisfied after the conditional offer is made:

  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check

    • You will be required to obtain a Police Vulnerable Sector Check from Hamilton Police Services at your own expense.  In order for your application to be considered, you must not have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted at time of application.
  • Medicals - December/January 2017/18

    • You will be contacted by the City of Hamilton with a time for your third-party medical assessment. The required medical documents will be provided to you once your date has been confirmed. You must successfully complete the medical evaluation to be considered further.
    • Note: Your vision will be tested at the medical. The acceptable vision required for this position is 20/30 in each eye without corrective lenses and satisfactorily complete a colour vision test.
  • Licence and Driver’s Abstract Check

    • You must have a minimum valid Class “G” Driver’s Licence (address must match what is listed on your on-line contact information in “My Profile” or as indicated on your manual mandatory questionnaire) with 0 demerit points and satisfactory to the City of Hamilton. Your driver’s abstract will be conducted by the City of Hamilton.
  • Reference Checks

    • Your references submitted at the time of your interview will be contacted by the City of Hamilton.  

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.

Firm offers will be made the week of January 22, 2018.

Hamilton Fire Department - Volunteer Recruitment Training Program for 2017/18 will be a comprehensive 260-hour training program that will include the following:

  • Start date: February 15, 2018
  • Duration: Approximately 260 hours
  • Conclusion: June 2018

Requirement

Candidates are expected to attend theoretical and practical training three times per week from onset to conclusion: 

  • Tuesday 9 am to noon or 7 to 10 pm
  • Wednesday 9 am to noon or 7 to 10 pm
  • And Saturday 8 am to 4 pm or 3 to 11 pm
  • Candidates should expect 14 hours per week of training.
  • Training will occur at Hamilton Fire Department, Indoor Training Facility Building, 1227 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton and other locations as determined (training locations are subject to change).
  • Candidates are expected to commit to a minimum of 80% attendance.
  • All candidates are expected to achieve 75% or greater on assigned test/examinations and be deemed “qualified” on practical evaluations in order to successfully complete the program.
  • Candidates are expected to complete around six to eight hours of self-study per week throughout the duration of the training program. 

After successfully completing recruit training, all volunteer firefighters are expected to:

  • Maintain an attendance rate of at least 50% of regular training sessions.
  • Volunteer firefighters train a minimum of two hours per week. Depending on your assigned station this could be on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday night.
  • In addition to regular training sessions, volunteer firefighters are expected to attend/complete other mandatory training programs as required which may or may not occur during their regular scheduled training sessions.
  • In addition to training, volunteer firefighters are expected to attend at least 25% of all alarms dispatched out of their assigned station
  • They are required to participate in at least 25% of the regular cleaning of their station/apparatus and apparatus/equipment inspection at their assigned station.

In addition to the above-noted requirements as a Volunteer Firefighter you will be expected to:

  1. Successfully complete your one year probationary period.
  2. Upgrade your driver's licence to a “DZ” class licence within the first year (training is provided by the department).

For further information

Please contact the Area Commanders’ Office:

  • 905-546-2424, extension 6078
  • From Monday to Friday, between 8 am to 4 pm