About Us:

Firefighter Services of Ontario Ltd. (FSO) is an elite, comprehensive, pre-employment screening service exclusively dedicated to assisting municipalities in examining the physical and psychological ability of career and volunteer firefighter candidates in terms of health- and occupational-specific performance. FSO uses valid and legally defensible screening procedures, and highly qualified staff that are trained to follow all standard screening protocol in order to meet the needs of our partnering city corporations and colleges. Understanding and appreciating the stressful nature of the firefighter pre-employment screening procedure, the FSO staff are trained to ensure candidates are provided with a professional, transparent, fair, encouraging, and pleasant experience.

Municipalities wishing to schedule a test date, please email [email protected] Thank-you.


We are thrilled to announce our partnership with City of Oshawa and Oshawa Fire Services. We look forward to serving their candidates and working with their incredible team. Welcome Oshawa!

Open Testing Session – December 17, January 7, January 14

For candidates wishing to experience the tests as they wish. An opportunity to practice or pre-qualify for upcoming recruitments.

Practice Session – register for any assessments to measure your current status and determine where improvement is needed for future recruitments.

Pre-Qualify Session – register for all six tests. Candidates who pass all six tests in one day may pre-qualify for recruitments occurring within 6 months of their appointment.

Click on the ‘Registration’ tab to book your appointment.


Recruitment Guide | Application Checklist
Step One: Apply online at www.burlington.ca/careers. Deadline is December 9, 2022 11:59PM EST.
Step Two: Book your appointment with Firefighter Services of Ontario. Deadline is December 9, 2022 4:00PM EST.
Step Three: Complete the Emotional Stability and Resiliency Assessment. Deadline is December 16, 2022 4:00PM EST.

Note: For candidates who successfully completed all six tests in one day (Medical, Clinical, CPAT, Acrophobia, Tread Water and Aptitude), on or after January 14, 2022, you would be required to successfully complete:
1) Clinical Assessment
2) Emotional Stability and Resiliency Assessment
3) Submit your application package

Please contact [email protected] to confirm your eligibility.

Test Deadline: November 19, 2022; December 3, 2022

Test Date: November 26, 2022

Test Date: November 26, 2022

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NEW: Emotional Stability and Resiliency Assessment

This assessment screens candidates for characteristics of resiliency and emotional stability. It also helps to identify positive psychological characteristics that are associated with successful performance as a firefighter. Municipalities and Fire Departments who would like more information on this valuable tool can contact [email protected].


-To book a CPAT Orientation, or to purchase the aptitude prep manual, please email [email protected]

For CPAT and Clinical Assessment Training:
-Firefighting-specific fitness training services offered by Kinetix Performance.


“I also just wanted to say, thank you again. So much. Your entire staff was so encouraging throughout the testing process – especially Brad at the CPAT. I also really appreciated the time you took to go through feedback with me. It helps me better understand where I need to improve and how I can do that. Even though I wasn’t successful, your staff’s encouragement and patience with me, and the overall environment, made today a positive experience and for that I really can’t thank you enough.”
-Lauren BlackburnFire Fighter Candidate

“The day was gruelling but ran smoothly and efficiently by the proctors and staff. I really liked how the physical and aptitude test scores were cumulative, which I think is a fair and more accurate representation of the candidates. To see your scores at the end of the day in each area was extremely helpful since you then have a chance to improve upon your weaknesses. Overall it was a very positive testing experience!”
-Angela WilsonFire Fighter Candidate

“Firefighter Services of Ontario provides fair, and transparent testing ensuring candidates are not caught off guard. They’re professional, well organized, and friendly staff help relieve some natural stress of the testing which allows candidates to do their best. The customer service they provide goes above and beyond any of the testing services I’ve taken part of in the past. Firefighter Services of Ontario supports you throughout the recruitment process and makes you feel like they’re not just in it for your money. Thank you to Fern and her highly qualified team!”
-Robert Derbyshire, Full-Time Fire Fighter, City of Burlington

“I really enjoyed the overall coordination of the testing and the steady flow of the day. I am very happy I was successful and the orientation really did pay off! The testing is a very good baseline of how fit a firefighter needs to be and I will be maintaining this level of fitness throughout my career. I am also happy about the constructive criticism and will be making the needed adjustments for next time.”
-Joshua Chassie, Fire Fighter Candidate

“I wanted to let you know the whole process was really well run on your end! I have done many of these types of testing days in the past at other facilities and it’s usually a nightmare. Tests followed by long intervals of waiting around – never knowing where to go next…Saturday was a breeze – the staff was super helpful and while I hope to not have to do this process again, if I do, I hope it’s through Firefighter Services of Ontario!”
-Donald Owens, Fire Fighter Candidate

“Hey Fern, I just wanted to say that I was hired full-time by a city that didn’t use your program, but I did attend many testing dates with Firefighter Services of Ontario. Each time I was there your staff is second to none. No matter what my outcome was, the staff and testing was great. Thanks again to your staff.”
-D. SmithFull-Time Fire Fighter

“I just wanted to thank-you for accommodating me with an individual appointment for the CPAT. I appreciate the professional and kind staff at Firefighter Services of Ontario.”
-Rob GilmourFire Fighter Candidate

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