Toronto Fire Services

Careers with Toronto Fire Services


There are challenges to implementing change while moving a front line Emergency Response Department forward. Accountability, budgets and staffing are nebulous and unbalanced at best. In addition, for many Ontario Fire Departments added emphasis is placed on progressing workforce diversity.

Provincial and municipal guidelines and regulations play essential roles in re-aligning policies and resources to promote workforce dynamics including, hiring and training and development. In the City of Toronto fire fighting needs are becoming increasingly complex.  We recognize the need for a strong and diverse workforce to advance a dynamic caring and responsive Fire Services. 

Our goal at Toronto Fire Services is to hire entry level Firefighters, across all Divisions, who can assist us in realizing these endpoints.  By taking a holistic approach to our hiring policies our entire workforce become fundamental implants to change.

Assess yourself. Assess Toronto Fire Services.  Become one of our team members with a focus on collaborative, inter-professional, in-house and community based service delivery.


Career Selection

You have the opportunity to research your career options in a number of ways including the use of this Careers website. Here you can review all of the information outlining the various entry level Firefighter careers offered by Toronto Fire Services. Through the internet, you can also access additional information about "Becoming a Firefighter in Ontario".  As well, many of our front line staff fulfil a wide variety of the Firefighter occupations and can provide you with insight into the day-to-day functions.  Use any or all of the resources to support your search for information about starting a Firefighter career within the City of Toronto. 

As we endorse change, we also incorporate accepted guidance and standards such as those prescribed by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).  The NFPA establishes minimum codes and standards that are there to provide us with ways to prevent the occurrence of disasters, manage their impact, and protect us. All entry level Firefighter positions will be matched with a comparable NFPA code.  

Toronto Fire Services offers entry-level Firefighter career opportunities in the Divisions of Operations (Operations Firefighter NFPA 1001), Fire Prevention (Fire Prevention Inspector, NFPA 1031), Public Education (Public Educator, NFPA 1035)), Communications (CallTaker/Dispatcher, NFPA 1061), and Mechanical Services (Emergency Vehicle Technician, NFPA 1071). Please use the appropriate links to learn about each of these career options.  Toronto Fire Services does not accept external transfers to any of the entry level Firefighter positions.


Hiring Periods

Toronto Fire Services will announce hiring periods to receive applications to each job call. Application periods will generally occur in January/February (Winter), May/June (Spring) and/or September/October (Fall) annually.  The application period may at any time be closed should Toronto Fire Services and the HR-Team warrant that sufficient applications have been received for the position posting.

We encourage you to assess your readiness to compete for any of our entry level Firefighter positions by fully reviewing the information posted on this website.

You must pass each stage of the recruitment and selection process to be eligible for final consideration.  The Selection process for all entry level Firefighter positions includes, but is not limited to, Physical and Medical assessments, and Background Checks --- you may also be required to provide a current Police Reference Check and complete a Psychometric Assessment as a condition of employment.

Please note that your application is only eligible for one hiring period.  If you are unsuccessful or not selected to participate in the hiring process you must re-apply to a subsequent hiring period. Applications are not transferrable between application streams, job calls or hiring periods.

Attend a Career Information Session for information about the recruitment and selection process for all entry level positions.  Continue to check the web calendar for updates on times, dates and locations of the information sessions.

First Class salaries for all Firefighter positions is $90,623 (January 1, 2014)


Submitting an Application

The City of Toronto has established an on line application process for all employment opportunities including application to the Toronto Fire Services entry level Firefighter position. Only applications submitted through the on-line process will be accepted.  The on-line application process is currently managed by TalentFlow.


Important Things to Remember:

  • Only those applicants being considered for a position will be contacted.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to maintain their TalentFlow profile with up-to-date contact information (address, phone #, last name etc.).
  • When submitting an application, the name on the resume/cover letter must match that of the registered user. DO NOT apply on behalf of anyone else.
  • Applications must be completed and submitted prior to 12 midnight (EST) the day of the closing.
  • Review your application and pre-screening questions prior to clicking "Confirm and Submit". Once submitted, you cannot change your application or re-apply. 


The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workplace culture with a workforce that is representative of the population it serves. Applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and visible minority group members are encouraged.

The City of Toronto strives to be a model of public service excellence and is looking for people who share our values. Find out more about the Toronto Public Service.


TalentFlow "Help" Page

If you experience any technical difficulties during the registration/application submission process please contact TalentFlow Support (Brainhunter Systems Ltd.) at 1-877-223-1833 or email, Monday to Friday. For all other inquiries contact City of Toronto HR staff at

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities is available upon request. If you encounter a problem registering or applying on line, please call 416-392-8665 (accessibility issues only) or email for assistance.


Hiring Periods

Operations Firefighter:                                 Application closed

Fire Prevention, Fire Inspector:                       Application closed

Public Education, Public Educator:                   Application closed

Communications:  CallTaker / Dispatcher.        Application Closed

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities is available upon request. If you encounter a problem registering or applying on line, please call 416-392-8665 (accessibility issues only) or email for assistance.

Information Updates


Career Awareness Program

Aptitude Testing

Toronto Fire Services Career Awareness Program – Aptitude Testing