Fire service to begin next stage of recruitment
For the first time in six years, the Toronto Fire Service has opened its doors to new recruits — and that launched a wave of almost 3,000 applications to work with the biggest fire department in the country and the sixth largest in North America.
"Going online was a lot more efficient," Division Chief David Sheen said of the department’s first foray into recruiting on the Internet. "Before we used to play phone tag trying to reach the candidates. Now we can communicate quickly."
Sheen said the department had to look for new recruits after the previous list of candidates had been "exhausted."
But Sheen advised would-be firefighters to check the website, www.toronto.ca/-fire/recruitment, on an annual basis in the future.
Sheen said it was too early to say how many positions the applicants will be vying for. "That will depend on such factors as retirement," he said.
He said it was also too early to tell if the push to encourage more women or ethnic minorities to apply for the job had been successful.
"We want to reflect the community we serve in," he said, adding that the fire service was "very proud" of the cultural diversity of its firefighters.