Benefits of a Pre Service Firefighter Program Ontario

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Benefits of a Pre Service Firefighter Program Ontario Photo by Jason White

A pre-service firefighter program is designed to provide students with basic knowledge and skills in

  • Fire suppression
  • Rescue operations
  • Environmental protection
  • Emergency patient care
  • Fire prevention
  • Community education
  • Special rescue operations

Individuals considering building a career in firefighting may enrol in this program before taking up a more advanced course at college or university. This helps them

  • Explore various career paths in firefighting
  • Meet knowledge and skills outcome required by the OFM (Ontario Office of the Fire Marshall) curriculum in diverse firefighting areas
  • Obtain practical and live training at the Toronto Fire Academy and other fire services training facilities
  • Meet minimum legal, safety and ethical requirements to pursue a career in firefighting
  • Learn to use fire equipment, apparatus and tools
  • Develop basic employment skills

They also come to know about

  • The level of commitment that the job of a firefighter requires
  • The level of physical fitness firefighters need to actively and quickly perform their job
  • The level of emotional stability the professionals need to deal with devastating situations
  • How quickly they need to act in emergency situations to confine environmental hazards
  • How challenging and demanding the job of a firefighter is

The one-year program gives students an in-depth understanding of basic fire science and job duties of firefighters, so that they can choose the right career path for themselves. It combines in-class learning, simulation training under the guidance of qualified instructors, and group-teaching scenarios.

Enrolling in a Firefighter Program

Not only the job of a firefighter is challenging, but enrolling in a course is equally tough. In order to apply for a pre-service firefighter course, you will need:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • English Grade 12 C or University or equivalent
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or 12 C or University or equivalent
  • One Science Grade 11 or 12 (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Exercise Science)
  • To complete a self-identifying questionnaire

After admission, you will need to submit:

  • Clear police check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Clear medical report
  • Proof of immunization
  • Complete CPR and First Aid Training
  • Class DZ driving licence

In addition, you should also have 20/30 vision in each eye without corrective lenses and normal unaided hearing.

Choosing the Right College

A number of colleges in Ontario offer pre-service firefighter courses. However, before applying with a college, make sure that the program

  • Curriculum is approved by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) and the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshall (OFM)
  • Provides field placement
  • Includes real-life work experience
  • Teaches you to communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, written and electronic methods
  • Incorporate practical and live fire training
  • Makes you eligible to write the Ontario Fire Marshall Provincial Testing
  • Is taught in partnership with Toronto Fire Services

Centennial College's one year pre-service firefighting education and training program fulfills all these criteria and provides extensive real-life training to students, allowing them apply principles, practices and procedures of fire science into practice.

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Here Jason White, elaborates on pre-service firefighter program; he further highlights on various factors of the program and how it helps one to make a career in firefighting.

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