Pre-Service Firefighter Requirements

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Welcome to the Northern College Pre-Service Firefighter program. You have chosen to pursue an exciting and challenging career.

You should be aware that there are strict requirements used by various fire agencies for their firefighter selection testing instruments. Northern College does not use these strict requirements as entrance requirements; however, we do use them for career counseling purposes.

We want you to be successful in the Pre-Service Firefighter program. In order to do this, Northern College will familiarize you with the criteria that will be used as part of the pre-interview assessment phase of the recruitment of firefighters. This will assist us in helping you succeed in your quest to becoming the best you can be.

The following outlines are what you will require for the first week and what is involved with the firefighter selection process:

    1. The PAR-Q+ questionnaire MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED to participate in fitness testing. You must bring in a completed physical assessment form from your physician or medical practitioner indicating that you can participate in rigorous fitness testing.
      This testing process is a COMPULSORY part of the program and will not be repeated. It is very important to remember to bring attire that is suitable for strenuous physical activity.
    2. Students must complete a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Person Sector Check at their local police department by completing the applicable CIPC form. Students must provide a copy of the original document to the designated person in their department and must be done on the first day of class and be current within 3 months of the start of the 1st semester.Any costs incurred when obtaining the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Person Sector Check is the student’s responsibility. More information on the process of obtaining the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Person Sector Check can be found at http://www.cpic-
    3. Prior to admission, you must provide evidence that you are a Canadian citizen or that you have permanent residency in Canada. We recommend that you hold a valid Driver’s License (Class G).

    Note: Prior to hire in a Fire Service – a DZ license may be required.

The cost of the items on the right is approximately $1250.00 excluding textbooks. A list of vendors will be provided to you on Orientation Day.

This curriculum is based on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 (2013) Edition which meets the body of knowledge and practical skills required to meet the job-related performance objectives. Graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program are eligible to write the OFMEM Provincial Firefighter Test which will give them NFPA 1001 Firefighter I, II and NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Operations certification.

You will need to purchase or provide:

  • Textbooks ($750.00)
  • Black safety shoes or boots
  • NFPA fire gloves
  • NFPA balaclava
  • NFPA helmet(orange)
  • Approved NFPA or CAN/CSA Structural Firefighter Boots
  • Uniforms can be purchased during the first week from


Note: In order to graduate and be eligible to write the OFMEM provincial tests and perform the practical skills testing, students MUST be able to pass an NFPA 1582 equivalent medical evaluation and an equivalent CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test).

In view of strenuous physical demands of professional firefighters, it is strongly recommended that applicants acquire and maintain an advanced level of physical fitness including cardiovascular and upper body strength, prior to and throughout the program.

Students are strongly advised to have their visual acuity, colour vision and hearing assessed. A career in municipal fire services requires visual requirements of a least 20/30 in each eye without corrective lenses.

Students are also encouraged to investigate and ensure they are free of acrophobia and claustrophobia. A deficit in any of these areas may prevent securing employment in the fire services field.

Students are required to adhere to the code of conduct as found in the Pre-Service Firefighter Student Manual that includes professionalism, integrity, reliability, punctuality, maturity, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Students are advised that all competencies specified for this program must be met, and therefore, attendance in class, lab and field placement experience is essential.

For additional information contact the program coordinator:

Timmins Campus
Craig Hartley
705.235.3211 ext.

Criminal Record Check

The Schools of Health Sciences, Community and Emergency Services require successful completion of placements and/or visits in a variety of agencies that may include schools, health, community and social agencies. Students will be working with or have unsupervised access to, vulnerable persons* while on placement and therefore must complete a satisfactory Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Person Sector Check prior to having direct contact with vulnerable persons.

*Vulnerable persons are defined by the Criminal Records Act as: “persons who because of their age, disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent, are in a position of dependence on others or who are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them.”

Without a clear Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Person Sector Check, a placement agency may deny a student access to their premises.

Preservice Firefighter students must provide an original copy of their Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Person Sector Check (photocopies will not be accepted). Application must be completed at your local Police Service. Policies may vary between Police Services regarding the provision of Criminal Record Checks, and may require a letter stating that the student is enrolled in their program and must be signed by the Dean of Health Sciences and Emergency Services.

This letter will be prepared by the college and mailed to each student before July 15th, provided that the student has confirmed their attendance in a Northern College program and paid their seat deposit before July 1st. Students that confirm at a later date will experience a delay in obtaining their letter and must contact the college.

If you do not receive a letter or have any questions or concerns, please contact our Program Assistant,
Amanda MacLeod at ext. 2187 or by email at

Any cost incurred when obtaining the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Person Sector Check is the student’s responsibility. More information regarding this process can be found at

Important: The Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Person Sector Check are requirements of the school boards, institutions and agencies where students are assigned to complete their placements and are for that purpose ONLY. As such, individual agencies may require updated information prior to commencement of hire.

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