A Message from the Fire Chief

Fire Chief Lori Hamer

Welcome to the 2023 London Fire Department Probationary Firefighter Recruitment.

Proud of its roots dating back to 1873, the London Fire Department today is a multi-faceted fire service focused on adapting to an ever-changing and dynamic community through continuous improvement and innovation. The strength of our Department comes from Our Team of over 400 individuals dedicated to serving and protecting the City’s 423,000 residents, as well as tens of thousands of students attending Western University and Fanshawe College. Together, we work “together to strengthen Londoner’s quality of life… community-wide… neighbourhood by neighbourhood”.

How we spell success: T-E-A-M-W-O-R-K

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Fire safety education and prevention, which are the first two lines of defence, are the primary focus of our Fire Prevention Division; however, those responsibilities are also shared by all of our Fire Fighting Division Team members. Nonetheless, when emergencies do occur, fire related or otherwise, the Fire Fighting Division is trained and equipped to deliver fire suppression, auto-extrication, and defibrillation services, as well as specialty services such as Hazmat, Technical Rescue and Water/Ice Rescue. Other teams that make up the composition of our Fire Department are Training, Communications, Clerical, Apparatus and Stores Divisions... the individuals that train our staff, dispatch alarms, keep the fire apparatus running, ensure supplies are readily available, as well as assist in the overall organization and function of the Department.

The London Fire Department strives to foster a workplace in which all individuals maximize their potential, regardless of their differences. We are committed to attracting, engaging, developing and celebrating exceptional people in public service who are representative of our community. We are proud to be a part of public service, working with dedicated people who go the extra mile striving for excellence and the personal satisfaction of a job well done.

The London Fire Department will be partnering with Firefighter Recruitment Services of Canada to assist in the preliminary work of receiving applications. Please direct all inquiries through the portal that has been set up for the recruitment. Due to the high volume of calls we will be unable to return any call related to the position of Probationary Firefighter made directly to the City of London.

Thank you and good luck with your application.

Lori Hamer
Fire Chief

Ready to Get Started?


Before You Get Started

Please read all the sections on this page carefully to ensure that you completely understand the process and requirements before applying.

How Does the Application Process Work?

The application process starts here, on this website. You'll need to:

  • Register on this website: you'll need a valid, unique email address and a password of your choice.
    NOTE: If you have applied in the past you will need to create a new account and application.
  • Pay the administrative fee (see below).
  • Fill out application form online. This application must be completed and finalized BEFORE June 21st, 2023, at 4:00pm EST.

Costs/Fees for Probationary Firefighter Application

  • Any costs incurred to obtain and/or provide supporting documentation are your responsibility.
  • Non-refundable administrative fee of $180.00 CDN (plus 13% HST - #822318424RT0001) (payable via PayPal®, MasterCard®, Visa®, or American Express®) prior to application.


Academic Requirements:

Applicants must be able to show successful completion of the below:

Proof of Grade 12 Diploma in the Province of Ontario, GED or equivalent. (Transcript with grades or diploma accepted as proof)

Current IFSAC and/or ProBoard Endorsed:

  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level II
  • NFPA 1072 Hazmat Awareness
  • NFPA 1072 Hazmat Operations
  • Specialty rescue certificates seals from IFSAC and/or ProBoard will be considered an asset.
    Special consideration will be given to Technician Level Certifications for the above.

DZ Driver's License Requirement:

  • Valid unrestricted Ontario class D driver's license with a Z endorsement prior to application closing date on June 21st, 2023.
  • Out of Province equivalent licenses will be accepted at the time of the application, however these must be converted to a valid Ontario DZ license within 90 days of hire.
  • Must provide proof of a 3-year uncertified driver's abstract with application.

First Aid Certificate Requirements:

  • Current First Aid, CPR & AED Certification is required.
  • 'Emergency Care for Professional Responders' (previously known as EMR certification) will be considered an asset.

Drivers Abstract Requirement:

3 Year Uncertified Drivers Abstract

Please upload a copy of your original Driver's Abstract (a copy of a copy will not be accepted). If you already possess a 3 Year Uncertified Drivers Abstract, it must be dated from December 24th, 2022 forward. You can order the drivers abstract online via Service Ontario Website for $12.00. Any Driver's Abstracts dated after June 21st, 2023 will not be accepted.

Driver's Abstract's are to be uploaded to online application before the application deadline of June 21st, 2023, at 4:00pm EST.

CRC with VSS Requirement:

Criminal Record Check (CRC) with a Vulnerable Sector Screen (VSS)

Already Have a CRC with VSS?

  • The City of London will accept your CRC with VSS if it is dated from June 21st, 2022 forward (no more than 12 months old).

Need an updated CRC with VSS?

  • If you do not have a CRC with VSS dated June 21st, 2022 forward, please apply online at your local Police Station of the city reflected on your driver's licence. (eg: If your driver's licence address shows an address of London – you must apply for CRC with VSS in London. If your driver's licence shows Waterloo and you live in London; your options are: get your CRC with VSS in the city your licence is listed (eg. Waterloo)).
    OR Update your driver's licence to reflect your current address with the correct city and obtain the CRC with VSS from your local police department.

Not sure what to bring when applying for CRC with VSS?

  • Please call your local Police Station to see if you require a sign-off/request form in order to apply for your CRC with VSS for employment opportunities and if so, please contact helpdesk@firehire.ca to request a form to bring with you.

Reside in Toronto?

Criminal Record Check

  • For those applicants who reside in the Toronto area, Toronto police requires you to obtain your CRC online separate from your VSS.
  • We recognize that you may or may not receive your Criminal Records Check results back from the Toronto Police prior to the June 21st, 2023, at 4:00pm EST deadline – simply: upload your receipt with your documents for your application. This will serve as proof of applying for it.

Vulnerable Sector Screen (for Employment)

  • For your VSS (Employment) request, please print the below form on LEGAL sized paper, fill out in blue ink only and mail to the address located at the top of the form:
    Toronto CRC with VSS Request Letter (PDF)
  • You will be required to submit a $65.00 certified cheque or money order with the VSS application directly to the police department with the same form.
  • Please ensure to check off the box on the form next to reason for request as "Employment".
  • Your VSS will be mailed back to you once it has been processed.
  • For full details of how to submit your VSS request please visit the Toronto Police Website
  • We recognize that you may or may not receive your Vulnerable Sector Screen results back from the Toronto Police prior to the June 21st, 2023, at 4:00pm EST deadline – simply: make a copy of the filled out form, along with copy of your certified cheque and/or money order and upload the copy with your documents for your application. This this will serve as proof of applying for it.

Keep your CRC with VSS receipt!

  • While waiting for your CRC with VSS to be processed from your local Police Department, you may use your paid receipt as proof of applying. You may upload the receipt to your on-line application (once the portal is active on May 24th, 2023).

Receipts must reflect a date on or prior to June 21st 2023 and must be uploaded to online application before application close date on June 21st, 2023, at 4:00pm EST.

Physical Testing Requirement:

Only York University Firefighting Physical Fitness Tests will be accepted (The City of London will not be accepting CPAT's).

The City of London will accept your York University Firefighting Physical Test certificate and consider it valid with a date from December 24th, 2022 forward.

  • If you don’t have one, please book your fit test today by emailing fityork@yorku.ca. The current dates are being held for the City of London: June 10th, June 11th, and June 18th, 2023 . The cost of the Fitness test is to borne by the applicant. Please print off, fill out and bring with you to your fit test the following documents:
  • CPATs will not be accepted.
  • Please Note: There will be additional assessments to be completed by the successful candidates at the offer stage.


All candidates applying to the 2023 City of London Probationary Firefighter Recruitment and have paid the administrative fee within the application portal WILL write the pre-qualifying exam.

You will be required to bring the following to the exam:

  • Photo ID
  • Your Applicant ID
    This will be emailed to you when your application is finalized. You will also see your Applicant ID displayed in the top-right of this portal once you've registered and logged in.

Exam Dates:

Sunday, June 25th, 2023
TIME: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
RBC Place (formerly London Convention Center)
2nd Floor
300 York St
London, ON
Doors open 1 hour before exam. Exam doors close at 1:50 pm.