A firefighter in full bunker gear standing beside a ladder fire truckThe full time division has specific hiring procedures, requiring testing for physical and agility standards, written tests, as well as an interview process.  However, Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services encourages all applicants to consider improving their knowledge and skill levels by attending college-based fire technology programs.

Various programs exist throughout Canada and the United States. It has been our experience that these programs have been very beneficial for candidates to secure a position. First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, in addition to a valid DZ driver's license are some of the basic requirements to secure a career within Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services.

Some community colleges in Ontario offer programs in fire protection, fire prevention or fire protection engineering. Being enrolled in one of these types of programs may be of benefit to you. Contact the Ministry of Education and Training to enquire about current information on college programs or visit your local colleges and speak with the co-ordinators.

The Ontario Fire Marshal's Office (OFM) and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs have developed a new program to deliver a part-time and full-time Enhanced Pre-service Firefighter Education/Training Program. Please refer to the Ontario Fire Marshal's website for further information.

Minimum Requirements

In order to be considered for a career as a Chatham-Kent Firefighter, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Over 18 years of age and legally entitled to work in Canada

  • Able to understand and communicate clearly in oral and written English

  • Have a secondary school graduation certificate or equivalent

  • Have a valid first aid certificate and a valid CPR Basic Rescuer Certificate (Level C)

  • Have a valid Class "DZ" driver's license

  • You must possess valid Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) Candidate Testing Service certificates for Stage One, Two and Three to apply to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent; 


  • NFPA 1001 Level 1 and 2 accredited certification

    OR Employed or previously employed as a volunteer firefighter and grandfathered to NFPA 1001, level 1 & 2
    OR Employed or previously employed as a career firefighter and grandfathered to NFPA 1001, level 1 & 2