Training and Recruiting
The City of Greater Sudbury has a dedicated crew of volunteer firefighters that is committed to providing fire protection services to their local areas and the community at large.
Being a volunteer firefighter can be both rewarding and challenging, requiring you to dedicate time to respond to emergency calls and commit to many hours of training.
Station 8: Whitefish
4895 Municipal Road 55
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Station 9: Beaver Lake
7535 Highway 17
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Station 12: Dowling
65 Highway 144
Thursday, April 13, 2017
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m - 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Station 21: Falconbridge
21 Edison Road
Saturday, April 15, 2017
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Volunteer Recruitment is now open!
Volunteer firefighters play an important role in keeping the community safe from fire and other hazards. If you are dedicated, have excellent team work skills and good health and physical fitness then consider joining our team! Volunteer firefighting is a great way to learn valuable skills, give back to your community and make extra income.
2017 Volunteer Recruitment April 3 - April 30, 2017
The City of Greater Sudbury only accepts volunteer firefighter applications during our annual recruitment drives.
Our recruitment process consists of a formal application, interview, physical ability testing, health and medical testing and submission of required documents.
You will be evaluated by Fire Services administration and the City of Greater Sudbury Human Resources department, as mandated by the volunteer firefighter’s union, the Christian Labour Association of Canada.
We then make offers to successful applicants and select a minimum of one recruitment class of up to 25 individuals. Review our Information Guide for details about our recruitment and application process.
Which Stations Need Volunteers?
The Chief of Fire and Paramedic Services determines which volunteer firefighter stations have the greatest need for recruits by looking at the number of volunteers at each station versus how many are required under the Fire Services Volunteer Station Staffing Policy.
Priority is given to the stations that do not meet Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) requirements for minimum numbers of volunteers and need participating members in order to meet minimum staffing levels.
Can Current Volunteers Help Recruit?
Absolutely! During recruitment drives we provide volunteer stations with posters, application packages and information guides, along with suggestions to help recruit volunteers. If you know of potential candidates you can encourage them to apply and request to conduct site visits or door-to-door recruitment campaigns in your community.
Thank you for your interest!
Recruitment is currently open. Applications will only be accepted during the specified recruitment dates.
Volunteer Firefighters are required to attend and respond to:
- fire calls
- medical calls
- water rescue calls
- hazardous material incidents
- wild fires
- motor vehicle collisions
- weekly or bi-weekly training nights
- incidents that are traumatic and could involve members of your community
- volunteer activities such as Muscular Dystrophy Boot Drives and Christmas Food Drives
Volunteer Firefighters should be:
- comfortable with small or tight spaces
- comfortable with heights
- calm under pressure
- good at following and understanding directions
- willing to wear a pager 24/7
- respond to calls at all hours of the day and night, in all weather conditions
- aware of the physical demands of the job, including wearing approximately 100 lbs of gear at emergency incidents.
All applicants must live within the response area of the station for which they are applying. To find the fire station nearest you, visit our Fire Stations page for a listing of all stations and locations.
The training centre is located at 239 Montée Principale in Azilda. It provides training for career and volunteer firefighters, emergency response personnel in the public and private sectors, and students enrolled in Cambrian College's Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program.
The training centre consists of:
- A training tower where firefighters can practice putting out fires in a controlled environment.
- An auto extrication pad where firefighters can practice removing individuals trapped in vehicles.
- Burn cells where firefighters practice conducting successful fire/arson investigations.
- A rail car where first responders learn to recognize potential sources of fire or hazardous materials and the type of response needed.
- A roof cutting prop where firefighters learn how to ventilate a building that is on fire.
- Survival training that includes a hose and ladder bailout and a confidence maze where firefighters practice skills to keep themselves and other firefighters safe.
- Fire extinguisher and pump operations training.
- Other training such as SCBA training which teaches firefighters how to safely inspect, maintain and operate self-contained breathing equipment.
For more information about our Training Centre or to schedule training sessions contact 705-674-4455 ext 2774.
A career as a firefighter is both challenging and rewarding. It is a 24-hour a day, seven days a week public service that includes working weekends and holidays. If you like helping people, work well on a team, and are physically fit; you may be an ideal candidate for a firefighting career with Greater Sudbury Fire Services.
- Respond to fire alarms, medical aid calls and other calls for assistance
- Perform various rescue operations
- Drive emergency vehicles in all weather conditions in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act and the Division's policies and procedures
- Prepare fire and emergency reports
- Educate the public about fire prevention and fire safety practices
- Respond to emergency hazardous materials situations
- Administer First Aid and CPR as required
- Ensure proper operation and maintenance of equipment and cleanliness of all fire stations
- Participate in ongoing training to maintain a high level of physical fitness and competence regarding operational procedures.
Successful completion of Secondary School Education is required. Pre-employment Fire Service training from a Community College or a recognized training academy and/or National Fire Protection Association Firefighter I, and Firefighter II is considered an asset.
- High standard of professionalism
- Problem solving skills
- Teamwork skills
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Attention: Change in Policy
If you are interested in applying for a career firefighter position at Greater Sudbury Fire Services you must get an Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) certification before applying. If you do not have OFAI certification you will not be considered.
All career firefighter applicants in Ontario must be tested to ensure they can perform the job safely and capably. These tests may include aptitude and personal suitability tests, vision and hearing tests, physical and medical screening, Candidate Physical Ability Testing and a firefighter technical skills assessment.
In the past, Fire Services administered these tests as part of the application process. We have now joined 23 other municipalities in Ontario who use OFAI to administer these tests. OFAI provides province-wide standardized testing that is open, transparent and inclusive. This process will identify the best candidates available and ensure fairness, transparency and support the City as an equal opportunity employer.
It is your responsibility to become OFAI certified before applying for a career firefighter position at the City of Greater Sudbury. Learn how to become OFAI certified.
Once you have your OFAI certification you will be eligible to apply for Greater Sudbury career firefighter jobs. OFAI provides the certification but does not have input on hiring decisions. We have designed a short application process for OFAI certified candidates, and will make the final hiring decisions.
This change in policy only affects you if you are applying for a career firefighter position. If you are applying for a volunteer firefighter position you do not need to have OFAI certification before applying, although it is encouraged.
To see if we are hiring, please visit the City of Greater Sudbury’s Current Employment Opportunities page.