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Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training

Available as a one-year program

Firefighters are on the front line of emergency response and are an integral part of any community, contributing to public safety, fire awareness and education. Learn the skills and knowledge to prepare you for success in the fast-paced and rewarding field of firefighting with this program, which conforms to the requirements for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001.
  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Certificate

  • Start Date

    September entry

  • Location
    • Belleville campus

    • Hastings Prince Edward Mutual Aid Association Fire Training Complex

Find your career

Prepare for a rewarding career working in such settings as municipal or regional firefighting, fire inspection, fire prevention and public safety, the Canadian military or the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of careers in the firefighting field, including as firefighters, medical attendants, fire rangers and fire alarm technicians.

Is it for you?

A career in the field of firefighting is both challenging and rewarding. You may be well suited to a career as a firefighter if you:

  • Want a career where you can make a difference
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
  • Are able to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Thrive in difficult situations and are able to think on your feet

Experiential Learning

This hands-on program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively as part of a fire service team and with other emergency responders to provide comprehensive service in emergency and non-emergency situations:

  • Practise and test your skills in simulated and controlled live fire training situations.
  • Learn about fire suppression, community education and fire prevention, firefighter emergency patient care, property conservation, environmental protection, confined space and environmental hazards, and rescue operations.
  • Acquire the appropriate fire service terminology required to effectively communicate in a range of situations, and develop skills to communicate professionally with diverse communities and their members.
  • Explore operating procedures, and acquire the skills to confidently use fire department communications equipment, personal protective clothing and protective equipment.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to undertake the OFM provincial firefighters test and upon successful completion of this test can apply for standing under NFPA 1001 as Firefighter Level I and II from the Proboard.

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