A career with the Kitchener Fire Department gives you the opportunity to work with a team that keeps our community and neighbourhoods safe.

On this page:

  1. About Kitchener Fire
  2. Why join Kitchener Fire
  3. How to get started
  4. Female firefighter program

About Kitchener Fire

Our team is made up of over 200 people and responds to more than 15,000 calls a year.

Learn more about Kitchener Fire

Why join Kitchener Fire

Kitchener firefighters are skilled professionals who take pride in serving our community. We provide essential services through these lines of defence:

  • public fire education programs for residents of all ages and business owners
  • educating the community on and promoting fire prevention, including inspections and enforcement
  • learning new firefighting tactics to suppress fires through experience and training in rescue techniques, medical emergency procedures, controlling hazardous materials and more

How to get started

Find out if you qualify

To become a firefighter with Kitchener Fire, you must:

  • be a graduate of the pre-service Firefighter Education and Training Program or NFPA 1001 - Firefighter I & II certified;
  • have successfully completed all three stages of the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. Candidate Testing Service;
  • have a valid and current First Aid and CPR certificate (Level C Standard);
  • have an outstanding employment record;
  • have the ability to support and project values compatible with the organization;
  • have strong communication, interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • be committed to work in a team environment

If we hire you, you must supply proof of:

  • valid Class "DZ" driver's license deemed acceptable by the City of Kitchener
  • satisfactory police records check, including the Vulnerable Sector Screening deemed acceptable by the City of Kitchener.

Improve your application

Consider these areas to improve your application:

  • Certified Firefighter or Certified Career Firefighter through the Ontario Fire Marshal (Components 1, 2, 3 testing or equivalent)
  • previous firefighter experience (professional or volunteer)
  • previous related work experience
  • certified trade training or experience
  • knowledge of Firefighting equipment, terminology and practice
  • demonstrated community service involvement
  • other relevant specialized training/qualifications

Firefighters are active in the following areas:

  • community service
  • community education
  • continuing education in all firefighting aspects

Apply for a job

Check our job opportunities page to see if we are hiring.

Candidate testing

We use the Ontario Fire Administration (OFAI)’s candidate testing program to assess potential firefighters. Learn more on the OFAI website.

Female firefighter program

Our goal is to educate women on careers in firefighting to help more women join the fire service. We hope to encourage more women to take an interest in firefighting and identify a clear pathway into their firefighting careers.

Kitchener Fire staff lead the female firefighter program on a volunteer basis.

Kitchener Fire Camp Female Firefighter in Training (FFIT)

Our FFIT camp is open to young women, non-binary and trans youth 15 to 19 years old who are interested in learning more about a future career in the fire service. The camp provides participants with first-hand knowledge of the duties of a firefighter while developing emergency preparedness skills.

The Kitchener Fire Camp FFIT is four days of physically and mentally demanding, hands-on learning, modelled after similar camps in the province and originally developed by the Ottawa Fire Department. This program aims to help educate and empower young women regarding careers in the fire service and is supported by Fire Service Women Ontario.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion. We especially encourage applications from youth who identify with any of the following groups: Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+, religious minorities and the intersections of these identities.

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Open the accordions below to learn more about the camp. Send us an email if you have any questions.


Waterloo Region Emergency Services Training and Research Centre

1001 Erbs Road

Waterloo, Ontario

N2J 3Z4

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Training included

All Kitchener Fire Camp FFIT activities will be led and supervised by qualified firefighters.

Training includes: 

  • Search and rescue
  • Fire communications
  • Fire prevention
  • Medical call demonstration
  • Wearing firefighter gear, including the use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
  • Hose lines and ladders
  • Auto extrication demonstration (Jaws of Life)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Forcible entry Axes
  • Ropes/high angle
  • Health, wellness and fitness information, and much more!
Medical and fitness considerations

The physical demands of a firefighter are characterized by strength, endurance, coordination, agility, and dexterity. Participants of Kitchener Fire Camp FFIT will experience the physical and mental stressors of a firefighter, although to a lesser degree. All activities take place in a supervised and controlled environment. Tasks are broken down into manageable segments to avoid overloading the body. An individual may choose not to participate if at any time they do not feel comfortable, and instructors will provide additional support and direction. Instructors will stop activities if at any time there appears to be any risk of injury or danger. To maintain a safe and productive environment, proper rest, hydration, and nutrition is will be emphasized during the camp, and must be continued at home during the Kitchener Fire Camp FFIT.

The following is a list of factors that will increase the difficulty of the physical and mental demands that are required during tasks:

  • Turnout gear and SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) restrict movement, adds weight to the individual and requires increased respiratory effort. Approximately 60 pounds.
  • Equipment used is often heavy and is frequently used in awkward positions. Approximately 25 to 50 pounds.
  • Environmental conditions such as sun, humidity and rain can add difficulty to tasks and cause fluctuations in body temperature.
  • Darkness and/or non-toxic simulated smoke in a fire training scenario decreases visibility and increases the difficulty of tasks.
  • Emotional stress and excitement due to “the unknown” can increase heart rate and the onset of fatigue.
High angle rope rescue where trained firefighters will lower the team individually with full control over the ropes/safety lines. All safety equipment will be used which includes harnesses, helmets, ropes, and safety lines.
Application requirements
  • Applicants must be age 15 to 19 on June 25, 2022
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Agree to follow all safety rules
  • Participate in all activities and classes
  • Have a valid OHIP or Provincial Health Card
  • Must bring CSA approved steel toe boots (with the green triangle logo)
  • Must be able to wear all Personal Protective Equipment provided by Kitchener Fire Camp FFIT
  • Complete the above application including the 300 word essay
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a waiver of liability, photo release, and emergency contact form
  • Have COVID-19 vaccines based on public requirements for sports teams in Waterloo Region