Pre-Service Firefighter Requirements
Requirments for Completition of the Program
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.
Information for Graduates
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.
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.
Craig Hartley, Program Coordinator
705-235-3211 ext. 2121