Firefighter Recruitment - General Information
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Firefighter Recruitment - General Information

The Recruitment Process  

Generally, City of Windsor Firefighter recruitment takes place on a two-year cycle. While hiring can take place at any point, applications during the two-year interval are only considered from those submitted during the most recent designated recruitment period.

Please note:

  • The information contained on this website is meant to assist candidates interested in applying for the City of Windsor Firefighter recruitment.  It is subject to change pending various factors involved in the recruitment process, budget, etc.
  • The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) have recently been updated to reflect the upcoming Firefighter Recruitment Process.  Information previously contained on this website regarding Firefighter recruitment may not have been applicable to the current recruitment process and should be disregarded.

The following outlines our anticipated process and the order in which we will complete this recruitment. Note that we have anticipated dates for each stage, providing applicants with a frame of reference on the anticipated recruitment. The City of Windsor's recruitment process is subject to change.

​Step ​Description ​Date(s) of Reference
​1 ​Advertisement

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 12pm (noon) to
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 12pm (noon)

​2

​Application available online: Online Application

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 12pm (noon) to
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 12pm (noon)
​3 ​Application review
Thursday, July 25, 2019 to
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
​4 ​Payment Schedule - Aptitude and Assessment testing

​Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8am to
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 6pm

​5

​Aptitude and Assessment testing
(no alternate dates than those listed)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Friday, September 6, 2019
​6 ​Post Aptitude and Assessment test results (pass/fail) on citywindsor.ca Monday, September 16, 2019
​7 ​Contact candidates who will move on to Physical Fitness test

​Monday, September 16, 2019 to
Thursday, September 19, 2019

​8 Payment Schedule/Registration - Physical Fitness testing

Friday, September 20, 2019 to
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 (payment due upon arriving for Physical Fitness test)

​9

Physical Fitness testing​
(no alternate dates than those listed)

Windsor, Ontario:

     Friday, September 27, 2019 to 
     Saturday, September 28, 2019

Toronto, Ontario (alternate test date) (York University):

     Saturday, October 5, 2019 to 
     Sunday, October 6, 2019 (if necessary)

​10 ​Post Physical Fitness test results (pass/fail) on citywindsor.ca

​​Friday, October 11, 2019 to
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

​11 ​Request candidate resumes for those who have passed Physical Fitness testing

Friday, October 11, 2019 to
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

​12 ​Short listing of candidates Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - until interviews are scheduled
​13 ​Interviews

​Held throughout the months of November, December, January

​14 ​Offer of Employment ​Friday, January 17, 2020
​15 ​Processing of candidates offered employment

Friday, January 24, 2020 to 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

​16 ​Hire Date - commencement of training program/probationary period Monday, March 23, 2020


Please note, failure to complete or pass any step will eliminate an applicant from the current competition.

Step 1 - Advertisement

The City of Windsor will advertise on the City of Windsor website online for the period of application.

Step 2 - Application available online

In order to apply for the Firefighter recruitment, applications will only be accepted online for the period of application availability as indicated in the table above. No late applications will be accepted.

Step 3 - Application review

Basic requirements:

  • At the time of application, must be 18 years of age or older
  • At the time of application, must have proof of an Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma or Ontario Ministry of Education equivalency and any other education documents deemed necessary by the Corporation at time of hire
  • At the time of application, applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e., Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, legal permanent residence, birth certificate or landed immigration documentation)
  • At the time of hire, must have proof of a valid and lawful Class "D" Ontario Driver's License with "Z" endorsement, in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act, for the purposes of operating a City of Windsor vehicle and provide a driver's abstract as a condition of employment
  • Successful completion of an Aptitude Test, Assessment Test, Physical Test, and interview(s)
  • Satisfactory police clearance at the applicant's expense at time of hire
  • Satisfactory driver's abstract at the applicant's expense at time of hire
  • Satisfactory references from current and/or previous employers at time of hire
  • Satisfactory medical assessment as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards 1582 for Firefighters at the Corporation's expense; and any other testing and/or examination, which may be required by the medical practitioner and/or determined by the City of Windsor at time of hire
  • Compliance with the Family Relationship Procedure and the Employment Policy
  • Satisfactory completion of a 12-month probationary period of employment
  • Observance of the rules, regulations, instructions, benefits and any conditions governing employment with the Corporation as may be in effect at the time of recruitment and/or employment, or established by the Corporation of the City of Windsor at any subsequent time

All applications will be reviewed to ensure that the minimum eligibility requirements are met in order to move forward in the process.  Those applicants who meet the initial requirements at the time of application will be contacted by the City of Windsor informing them of the next step(s) they will have to undertake in the process in order to continue in the competition.

Step 4 -  Payment Schedule - Aptitude and Assessment testing

The CPS-Entry Firefighter Test (Aptitude) and the OS-Firefighting Assessment Test will be conducted in the time period as indicated above.
 
For those who qualify, there is a fee to write the tests. The non-refundable fee is $220.00 including H.S.T. for the written Aptitude and Assessment tests.  Payment will be made in accordance with the procedures established by the service provider, Gledhill/Shaw Enterprises.  Late payments will not be accepted. Applicants will be contacted by email with all of the details pertaining to the test registration and payment process.

Step 5 - Aptitude and Assessment testing

Testing will take place according to the time schedule above. For more information on the Aptitude and Assessment tests, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.

Step 6 - Post Aptitude and Assessment test results

Test results will be posted to the Firefighter Recruitment Test Results page as they become available.

Step 7 - Contact candidates who will move on to Physical Fitness test

For those applicants who pass both the Aptitude and Assessment tests, the City of Windsor will contact them with information regarding the Physical Fitness Test and the pertinent details of the test. 

Step 8 - Payment Schedule - Physical Fitness testing

The non-refundable fee for this test is $200.00 including H.S.T.  Payment will be made in accordance with the procedures established by the service provider, Gledhill/Shaw Enterprises. Late payments will not be accepted. Applicants will be contacted by email, telephone, or written correspondence with all details pertaining to test registration and the payment process.

Step 9 - Physical Fitness testing

The Physical Fitness testing will take place during the dates indicated in the table above. The test will be the York University Firefighter Fitness Test developed by Dr. Norman Gledhill. For more information on the Physical Fitness Test, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.

Step 10 - Post Physical Fitness test results

Test results will be posted to the Firefighter Recruitment Test Results page as they become available. 

Step 11 - Request candidate resumes for those who have passed Physical Fitness testing

Those candidates who have successfully completed all of the testing components will be requested to submit a resume.  The City of Windsor will notify those successful candidates through email. The request will be made in accordance with the dates indicated in the table above.

Step 12 -  Short-listing of candidates

Windsor Fire & Rescue Services, in conjunction with the Human Resources department, will determine the number of candidates moving forward in the interview process. An interview(s) may not be offered to all candidates who have successfully passed the written and physical tests. The number of candidates short-listed for an interview will depend on the number of applicants, timelines, and budgetary considerations.

Step 13 - Interviews

The interview(s) will be conducted by a panel comprised of both Windsor Fire & Rescue and Human Resources personnel. Interview(s) will be conducted during the dates shown in the table above. For more information on the interview, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.

Step 14 - Offer of Employment

For more information on the Offer of Employment, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.

Step 15 - Processing of candidates offered employment

For more information on processing of candidates offered employment, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.

Step 16 - Hire Date - commencement of training program/probationary period

For more information on the commencement of the training program and probationary period, please review the appropriate section(s) in the Windsor Firefighter Recruitment FAQ page.

Windsor Fire & Rescue Services may select and recommend a certain number of applicants as Probationary Firefighter recruits. There is no guarantee that any given number will always be selected during each recruitment period. In fact, Windsor Fire & Rescue Services may not hire Probationary Firefighter recruits depending on budgetary and other factors.

For general information, contact 311.  

For detailed inquiries, contact:

Human Resources Department
400 City Hall Square East, Suite 408
Windsor, Ontario N9A 7K6
Phone: (519) 255-6515
Fax: (519) 255-6504
TTY: (519) 255-6685
Email: recruitment@citywindsor.ca