Firefighting as a Career
Firefighter BenefitsHourly Salary
(Rates as of February 2019)
|1st 6 Months
|2nd 6 Months
- 1 - 2 years of service: 8 duty shifts
- 3 - 10 years of service: 12 duty shifts
- 11+ years of service: 16 duty shifts
- In 21st year and after 23 years of service: 20 duty shifts
Firefighters are granted 12 duty shifts in lieu of the twelve statutory holidays granted to other civic employees and are taken separately from annual vacations.
Health and Welfare
Firefighters are covered by a cumulative sick leave plan, as well as group life insurance, dental, medical services and extended health care plans.
Hours of Work (Fire Suppression)
Rotating day and night shifts for a 42 hour week - two day shifts (08:00 - 18:00) followed by two night shifts (18:00 - 08:00). After each of these duty tours, a firefighter has approximately four days off.
Hours of Work (Fire Prevention and Training)
4 day work week, 35 hours/week.
In addition to the Canada Pension Plan, firefighters are covered by the Municipal Superannuation Act and contribute to these Pension Plans.