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 career.

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

  • search and rescue
  • kitchen fires
  • auto extrication
  • forcible entry
  • wellness and fitness
  • catching hydrants
  • wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus)

In this program, you’ll have the chance to talk to instructors and ask questions about a career in firefighting.

Upcoming program dates

We will update this page with program dates when they are available. Subscribe to this page to get an email when we update the page.