Fire Fighter

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  • Program TitleFire Fighter
    Credential: Diploma
    Delivery: Online
    Program Length: 3 Semesters (1 year)
    Program Availability: Full-time or Part-time
    Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.

    Program Description


    The Firefighter Program is designed for First Nation communities at a community volunteer level.
    Participants in the program will gain the knowledge, skills and basic techniques required for basic fire
    fighting services. They will learn fire apparatus operations, safety devices and features of fire fighting
    vehicles and equipment, and the occupational health and safety requirements of the job.

    Students have fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.

    Learning Outcomes


    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    • Apply fire sciences theory and suppression techniques to the role of Firefighter.
    • Use the tools and equipment employed by the fire services in a safe and efficient manner.
    • Apply ethical, legal and safety concepts in a professional manner.
    • Interact with diverse communities in a respectful manner.
    • Communicate effectively making use of fire service terminology.
    • Apply interpersonal, critical thinking, and problem solving, skills appropriate to the role of Firefighter in the classroom and in labs and other practical application settings.
    • Co-operate and work effectively as part of an inter-professional team with fire services, other emergency response personnel and special populations.
    • Apply effective first responder principles and practices.
    • Explain the role of Firefighter in relation to fire safety in society.
    • Demonstrate the culminating role performances for an entry recruit in such areas as: fire suppression, community education and fire prevention, fire fighter emergency patient care, environmental protection, and special rescue operations.
    • Apply wellness and fitness concepts and techniques in support of vocational readiness and resilience and lifespan health.

    Your Career


    Graduates may find employment with a municipal (volunteer or career), regional or territorial, airport or military fire service, as a firefighter (career or volunteer), fire dispatcher, fire prevention officer, or in the field of industrial fire and safety.

  • Admission Requirements


    College Eligibility

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
    • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR
    • General Educational Development (GED); OR
    • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).

    Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

    Application Process
    Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.

  • Courses


    2016/2017 Academic Year

    Semester 1
    Basic Study Skills
    Fire Behaviour and Ground Operations
    Fire Prevention and Public Education

    Semester 2
    Fire Emergency Patient Care
    Firefighter Fitness Management
    Role of Firefighter in the Community

    Semester 3
    Professional Communications for Firefighters
    Fire Apparatus Operations
    Hazardous Materials Awareness
    Fire Behaviour and Chemistry of Combustion

    Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

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  • Course Descriptions


    Semester 1
    Basic Study Skills
    This course will enable students to assess their current study skills and plan for improvement. Students will practice time-management techniques for successful studying. Students will learn to develop powerful reading skills and practice memory techniques to enhance ability to learn and improve test performance. This course will also help students to develop specific study skills for mathematics and related subjects and implement an action plan to improve them.

    Fire Behaviour and Ground Operations
    This course defines fire and its behaviour, from ignition to extinguishment as a result of lack of fuel or oxygen. Fire is studied from both physical and chemical standpoints. Stages and classes of fire and recognizable events are studied, as well as methods of heat/fire spread and the methods used to control and extinguish fire. Students learn about protective clothing, the donning and doffing of self-contained breathing apparatus, and the tying and use of knots. The course also covers hoses, appliances and the placement of ladders and ladder carries.

    Fire Prevention and Public Education
    Students will gain an overview of firefighters protection and prevention activities. Topics include the principles, practices and procedures of fire prevention inspection; fire legislation, regulations and standards; and fire prevention resources agencies. Students focus on public relations, public education, fire safety planning and effective communications. In addition, students learn to interact effectively with the community and be sensitive to diversity.

    Semester 2
    Fire Emergency Patient Care
    This course will provide an overview of the Ontario Emergency Medical Care System and the specific roles of members of the emergency response team. Emphasis will be on the specific roles and responsibilities of the firefighter emergency medical responder (EMR) and the teamwork essential to the effectiveness of the EMS response. Content will include medical legal issues, firefighter wellness, basic anatomy and medical terminology, patient assessment, respiratory and cardiovascular emergencies, the related patient care and associated situational management.

    Firefighter Fitness Management
    Students will incorporate fitness into their lifestyles by developing and understanding the principles of fitness. Through lecture, discussion, written assignments, gym labs and fitness testing, students will demonstrate their fitness abilities and understanding of lifestyle management as it relates to the demands of life as a career firefighter.

    Role of Firefighter in the Community
    Topics covered in this course include fire prevention and pre-fire planning activities. Principles, priorities and procedures involved in fire prevention are outlined. Legislation, regulations, standards and fire prevention resource agencies are described.

    Semester 3
    Professional Communications for Firefighters
    This English course is designed to help Fire and Emergency Services students develop business writing, reading, and researching skills. The course will also emphasize the strategies of effective business communication.

    Fire Apparatus Operations
    This module familiarizes the student with a fire apparatus and points out the differences between normal truck operations and emergency response. The components of the pump are covered, including pump intakes and discharges, pressure control devices, ancillary devices and gauges, proper pump pressures, single- to multiple-line pumping operations, and pump operator’s responsibilities.

    Hazardous Materials Awareness
    This course further develops students’ skills in recognizing hazardous materials, interpreting material safety data sheets and determining the appropriate course of action to take for the hazard present. This course also provides you with generic rescue principles and practices along with an understanding of the rescue process as conducted by firefighters. Key factors, conditions affecting common rescue, the role and responsibilities of emergency rescue responders and safety teamwork in rescue will be covered.

    Fire Behaviour and Chemistry of Combustion
    This course will review basic gas laws and define fire and its behaviour from ignition to cessation. Fire will be studied from both a physical and chemical standpoint. Stages and classes of fire, methods of heat/fire spread and the methods to contain and extinguish fire will be highlighted.

  • Fees & Expenses


    Tuition fees listed are in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    • Application Fee: $100.00
    • Textbooks: $975.00
    • Postal Fee: $49.00
    • Tuition Fee: $3,825.00

    Total Tuition & Fees: $4,949.00