Peterborough ON – (December 7, 2017) – Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training students at Fleming College will have a new home starting in September 2018.
The program is relocating to the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy (EOETA) in Norwood. The 20-acre site provides the opportunity for live training situations and includes a search and rescue maze, confined space, three-storey burn tower, flashover unit, survivor unit, an education hall, four classrooms and a small cafeteria.
“This is a dedicated training facility where students will be taught all aspects of firefighting in a realistic environment,” said Carol Kelsey, Dean of the School of Justice and Community Development. “With the move to the Academy, we can increase the amount of time students spend in hands-on training and they will learn on the latest equipment, including two frontline pumper trucks.”
The hands-on training portion of the program will increase from 120 hours to 160, and live fire training will include new high-intensity propane training tools.
“To have access to a facility such as this is rare among firefighting programs in the province,” added Kelsey.
Firefighting students currently attend classes in a building next to the Peterborough Fire Services station on Clonsilla Avenue, and perform skills training part-time at the EOETA.
Fleming’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training is a one-year, three-semester college certificate program that offers both a September and January intake. The training content of the program has been approved and endorsed by the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM). Graduates of the program will be prepared to challenge both the written theory and practical skills evaluation portions of the National Fire Protection Association standard, provided by the OFMEM.
About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.
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