Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Certificate (1 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 3 Semesters

Program Codes
T085-PC

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements or forms that have to be completed before the start of the semester or the date specified.

Requirements for Pre-Service Firefighter

Northern College’s strong and well-regarded Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program will prepare you for a highly exciting and rewarding career in firefighting alongside working professionals in a unique and state-of-the-art integrated emergency services building.

As a student, you will have access to a highly flexible on-campus live burn training facility that is also used by working firefighters but give you the priority for learning. This building is one of only two in the province that is directly on-campus – only steps away from the classroom – which allows for greater convenience and more frequent use in programming. It is also the only post-secondary fire building in the province that provides real smoke, preparing you for true-to-life scenarios, along with movable walls that provide a wide variety of layouts to navigate while walking or crawling through smoke-filled rooms and hallways. These different situations also help prepare you for any type of navigation through unseen and highly stressful circumstances you might encounter on the job. All of this combines to provide you with unmatched hands-on practice in essential fire-fighting skills that will have you job-ready in no time.

The curriculum for this program will give you the skills and knowledge in firefighting and general education courses in order to give you the best advantage in becoming a professional firefighter. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge through lab and field placements with regional Fire Services, and as a Northern grad, will be welcoming by employers who await you.

The program runs for three straight semesters, one in the fall, one in the winter, and the final semester a 6-week course in May and June. This allows you to progress through the program without any pauses, getting you into the workplace quickly and efficiently. The spring semester focuses on building your skills in live and exhilarating firefighting training called “evolutions.” You won’t want to miss it!

Your classes will operate like training in a real fire station. You will wear a uniform every day and be required to purchase some clothing and equipment, in addition to textbooks, so you can get the career experience you need straight away. The cost is estimated to be about $1,500.00 for your fire-fighting uniform. Northern College will provide most of your external wear for firefighting.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you may get hired to work in municipality/city firehalls, military, industry, nuclear plants, or natural resources-ministry forest fire fighting services, at airports, or any type of emergency based firefighting services.

 

Contact Information

Craig Hartley, Program Coordinator
705-235-3211 ext. 2121
hartleyc@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

Program Specific Requirements

Pre-Service Firefighter Requirements

 

Domestic Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)

Or equivalent

Mature students (those who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program) must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@northern.on.ca or 705-235-7222 for more details.

Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

While the Pre-Service Firefighter program does not require a math course as an entrance requirement, employers may require additional tests that include mathematical skills and reasoning. It is strongly recommended that applicants take a senior high school math credit prior to enrolling in the Pre-Service Firefighter program.

International Admission Requirements

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELT Academic International English Language Testing System: a minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Computer-based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic: Graduate Diploma: 58+

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact admissions@northern.on.ca.

Additional Information
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate (C.P.R. – HP content) (Must be obtained prior to the start of the program).
  • Standard First Aid Certificate, or equivalent. (Must be obtained prior to the start of program).
  • Completed Form.

Many fire service employers are implementing the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard as their applicant medical requirements. This standard covers the fire department physical and medical evaluation process and provides in-depth information that will be of assistance in determining if those interested in a career in firefighting meet the medical criteria for employment.

Candidates for the program must be free of criminal offenses in order to be allowed in the field setting. An unpardoned criminal record will result in inability to participate in clinical practice courses and will prevent the student from graduating. A recent criminal reference check – (within 3 months) is required prior to the end of the first week of classes in September. Any costs for these checks will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

a) Permanent Residents of Ontario.
b) Receipt of Application by February 1st.
c) Achievement in the Required Academic Preparation*

Note: Grade and course requirements are used in the selection process. If applicants are enrolled in Grade 12 required subjects (as indicated above), in the second semester (February to June), grade 11 marks will be used to assess admission eligibility.

Fees and Equipment

All Pre-Service Firefighter students must take part in a mandatory orientation session the first week of September. Students must purchase personal items of NFPA approved bunker gear apparel (gloves and balaclava, bunker boots, work boots, helmet and uniforms – which is included in the $1250 overall estimate for additional course supplies, excluding textbooks.

Semester 1
FF1013 Fitness for Firefighters I

This course will provide students with general and job-specific knowledge of fitness, enabling them to improve and maintain life-long personal and occupational fitness levels.  Emphasis will be placed on areas that relate to the physical demands of a firefighter (appropriate cardiorespiratory fitness, lifting safety and core endurance/health).  Additionally, attention to health and fitness as it relates to the whole individual including muscular strength/endurance/power, cardiorespiratory conditioning, psychological well-being and nutrition.  Special consideration will be place on nutrition and healthy eating habits and its importance for occupational performance and healthy living.

FF1022 Emergency Patient Care

The emphasis of this course is placed upon developing assessment skills for use in planning the stabilization and management of patients in a variety of medical/trauma situations. Students will be introduced to patient assessment, pathological processes and the management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients. Assessment is taught using a “hands on” approach that involves demonstration, performance and practice to hone skills. Practical sessions will follow the same outline as theoretical components of the course to assist in reinforcing knowledge and skills.

FF1041 Emergency Patient Care Practice

The emphasis of this course is placed upon developing assessment skills for use in planning the stabilization and management of patients in a variety of medical/trauma situations. Students will be introduced to patient assessment, pathological processes and the management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients. Assessment is taught using a “hands on” approach that involves demonstration, performance and practice to hone skills. Practical sessions will follow the same outline as theoretical components of the course to assist in reinforcing knowledge and skills.

FF1123 Fire Service Orientation

In this course you will learn and demonstrate the culminating role performances of an NFPA 1001 (2019) level I, entry level recruit in areas of: Introduction to the fire service, firefighter safety and communications. Students will also learn and be expected to demonstrate the testing and maintenance responsibilities for power plants, scene lighting and fire hose.

 

FF1061 Fire Behaviour & Building Construction

In this course you will learn and demonstrate culminating role performances of an NFPA 1001 (2019) level I and II entry level recruit in the areas of building construction, building materials, structural collapse and the effects of fire suppression activities on buildings. The course will also provide an understanding of fire dynamics by explaining fire science, the combustion process, fire behavior, classification of fire and their associated extinguishing agents, fire behavior indicators, fire development patterns, potential for rapid fire development, and the use of ventilation and suppression tactics for controlling fires.

 

FF1213 Firefighter I

This course will cover the basic theoretical information for an entry level firefighter necessary to meet the job performance requirements of NFPA 1001 (2019) level I. The topics covered in this segment will include: firefighter personal protective equipment, portable extinguishers, ropes and knots, ground ladders, forcible entry, tactical ventilation, fire hose, hose operations and hose streams, fire suppression, overhaul, property conservation and scene preservation.

 

FF1501 Firefighter I – Practical

In this course you will demonstrate and be evaluated in the performance of essential practical skills in accordance with the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management approved skill sheet for practical testing for a Firefighter I (NFPA 1001-2019).

 

MA1053 Mathematics Fundamentals I

Students will review mathematical concepts and operations of basic arithmetic skills and their applications. Whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, ratio and proportions are topics covered.

EM2073 Life Safety Education

In this course, students focus on community risk reduction with a focus on fire and life safety education. Students will explore the valuable resources needed and currently used in the field of life safety educators. Through successful completion of course content, students meet all requirements of Fire and Life Safety Educator I defined in Chapter 5 of the NFPA 1035 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire and Life Safety Educator.

Semester 2
EM1043 Incident Management Systems, Operations and Leadership

This course is designed to create an understanding of key foundational concepts as well as how to implement during simple and complex incidents, including the management and understanding of all divisions within the IMS.

FF2005 Technical Rescue & Maintenance

This course will present the theory and practical basics of fire service technical search and rescue as it pertains to NFPA 1006 (2013), chapter 5. In addition, this course will provide basic knowledge for a student to perform technical rescue support and vehicle extrication operations based on the requirements of NFPA 1001 (2019) Firefighter level II. Students will also learn and be expected to demonstrate the testing and maintenance responsibilities for the various equipment used within these disciplines.

 

FF2013 Fitness for Firefighters II

This course is a continuation of the previous semester’s fitness course. It will provide students with general and job-specific knowledge of fitness, enabling them to improve and maintain life-long personal and occupational fitness levels.  Emphasis will be placed on areas that relate to the physical demands of a firefighter (appropriate cardio-respiratory fitness, lifting safety and core endurance/health).  Additionally, attention to health and fitness as it relates to the whole individual including muscular strength/endurance/power, cardio-respiratory conditioning, psychological well-being and nutrition.  Special consideration will be place on nutrition and healthy eating habits and its importance for occupational performance and healthy living.

FF2021 Advanced Emergency Patient Care Practice

The emphasis of this course is placed upon developing advanced assessment skills for use in planning the stabilization and management of patients in a variety of medical/trauma situations. Students will be introduced to patient assessment, pathological processes and the management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients. Assessment is taught using a “hands on” approach that involves demonstration, performance and practice to hone skills. Practical sessions will follow the same outline as theoretical components of the course to assist in reinforcing knowledge and skills.

FF2032 Advanced Emergency Patient Care

The emphasis of this course is placed upon developing advanced assessment skills for use in planning the stabilization and management of patients in a variety of medical/trauma situations. Students will be introduced to patient assessment, pathological processes and the management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients. Assessment is taught using a “hands on” approach that involves demonstration, performance and practice to hone skills. Practical sessions will follow the same outline as theoretical components of the course to assist in reinforcing knowledge and skills.

FF2044 Hazmat Awareness & Operations

Content will focus on the role, responsibilities and actions taken by firefighters as firefighter emergency responder at an awareness level during a hazardous materials incident. There will be a focus on recognition, firefighter protection, interagency coordination securing the area and accessing of information from additional resources.

FF2103 Incident Management

This course will provide students the understanding and ability to apply an Incident Management System (IMS) which is a framework used to organize emergency incidents. This system provides the command structure and management terminology used at emergency incidents. In conjunction, students will learn the importance, benefits and challenges of proper note taking.

 

FF2104 Firefighter II

This course will cover the basic theoretical information for an entry level firefighter necessary to meet the job performance requirements of NFPA 1001 (2019) level II. The topics covered in this segment include: foam firefighting, liquid and gas fires, fire origin and cause determination, and community risk reduction.

FF2501 Firefighter II Practical

During this course you will demonstrate and be evaluated in the performance of the essential practical skills expected of a Firefighter II, NFPA 1001 (2019) in accordance with the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management approved skills sheets for practical testing.

 

Semester 3
FF2110 Practical Fire & Rescue Evolutions

This course will focus on the culminating performances of all the skill learned in fire ground operations, patient care, hazardous materials awareness/operations and technical rescue.

FF3041 Technical Rescue Practical Testing

This section will focus on the culminating performances of all the skill learned in FF2005 Technical rescue and maintenance. Students will demonstrate and be evaluated on the performance of essential skills expected of NFPA 1006 (2013) General rescuer, chapter 5, in accordance with the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management approved practical skills testing sheets.

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