Nova Scotia

Halifax Fire eases recruitment requirements for potential firefighters

For the first time in nine years Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency is launching a recruitment drive for people interested in a career in fire fighting.

The new selection process eliminates post-secondary certification requirement and fees

The hiring process for new HRFE firefighters includes aptitude testing, physical abilities testing and a panel interview. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

For the first time in nine years Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency is launching a recruitment drive for people interested in a career in fire fighting.

Halifax Regional Council approved a new selection process for recruits earlier this week that removes barriers for new applicants.

The new process eliminates the need for a post-secondary certification and recruitment fees that in the past cost recruits upwards of $1000.

The HRFE says the new requirements  "eliminates barriers" for those who want a career in fire fighting. 

  • Grade 12 education
  • Nova Scotia Class 5 Driver's Licence, or equivalent from other province
  • Criminal record check with no job-related convictions for an offence which has not been pardoned
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English
  • 18 or older
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Potential recruits should be community-minded, highly motivated, physically fit and a team player.

Information sessions wil be held around the HRM for potential recruits over the next month:

  • Cole Harbour: Cole Harbour Place (Westphal Room), Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
  • Dartmouth: Dartmouth Sportsplex (Common Room), Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
  • Halifax: Halifax Forum (Multipurpose Centre), Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
  • Hatchett Lake: Prospect Road Community Centre (Multipurpose Room), Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
  • Cherry Brook: Black Cultural Centre, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
  • Halifax: St. Andrew's Community Centre, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

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