Mississauga firefighters put out the call for new recruits

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Published September 8, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Mississauga firefighters begin their 2022 recruitment drive with two virtual open house sessions next week.

Mississauga firefighters are looking for a few good men and women to join their ranks. 

Two virtual open house sessions are being held next week, on Monday (Sept. 13) and Wednesday (Sept. 15) nights, as Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services kicks off its 2022 Firefighter Recruitment campaign. 

The sessions, which run from 7-8 p.m., will share information about the benefits of becoming a firefighter in Mississauga and the hiring process, City of Mississauga officials say.  

The open house includes testimonials from Mississauga firefighters, information on the job application and recruitment process, and an opportunity to ask questions. 

Registration is not required. Simply join the session online via the City’s website. 

Alternatively, those interested can dial in to the session at 647-484-1596. 

Mississauga fire officials say the job offers plenty of training, and continuous learning and growth opportunities. 

The 21 new recruits in 2021 recently began their 17-week training course at Garry W. Morden Centre in Mississauga. They were chosen from among some 1,200 applicants. 

When they complete their training, they’ll be assigned posts largely to fill spots left vacant by retiring firefighters at a number of the city’s 21 fire stations. Mississauga will add six new stations in the next 12 years. 

The new recruits will begin their careers as probationary firefighters, adding to the 636-strong Mississauga firefighter complement. 

To start, the new hires will earn just over $60,000 annually (60 per cent of first-class firefighter salary) as probationary firefighters for one year. From there, they’ll move up the ranks from fifth-class firefighter to first-class, earning 10 per cent annual increases until reaching the top rung, where they’ll make $105,000. 

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