Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Curriculum

Accepting Applications for January 2023

Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 3 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 09, 2023
Offered at:
Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy (Norwood)
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$5,469.75 per semester*
$11,081.00 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the culminating role performances in the following areas: fire suppression, community education and fire prevention, firefighter emergency patient care, environmental protection, and special rescue operations.
  • Identify and use the personal and professional development resources/activities that promote growth and contribute to lifelong learning.
  • Meet the ethical, legal, and safety requirements required of professionals in the fire service.
  • Use safe practices and techniques with fire department apparatus, tools and equipment.
  • Communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, written, or electronic methods including recognized and appropriate fire service terminology.
  • Interact with others in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations in a manner that demonstrates confidence, professionalism, and sensitivity to others and to the situation.
  • Demonstrate respect when communicating effectively with diverse communities and their members;
  • Select and use the correct skills to function effectively as part of an incident management team.
  • Demonstrate the completion of the appropriate CPR and First Aid Certificates.
  • Make decisions and take courses of action that reflect sound ethical and moral standards of conduct.
  • Use effective and appropriate problem-solving and decision-making skills in emergency and non-emergency situations work effectively with other members of the fire service team, pre-hospital emergency care providers...
  • Develop life-long learning habits through the pursuit of interdisciplinary areas of study related to social and cultural understanding, civic life, personal understanding, science and technology and arts in society.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

Units/ Hours: 24

The Communications section gives an overview of the communication and dispatch systems used in the fire service. The proper use of communications, procedures and the operation of communication equipment will be covered along with the role of the dispatcher and the firefighter. The recording of information and the use of forms commonly found in the fire service is explained and practiced. Principles of the accountability systems will be stressed during firefighter communications.

Units/ Hours: 84

This Medical Response course provides an overview of the Ontario emergency medical care system and the specific roles of members of the joint emergency response teams. The program content follows the Red Cross Emergency Medical Response (EMR) program providing a comprehensive understanding of the role of a firefighter at a medical response situation. Content will cover common medical/trauma conditions, the related patient care and associated situational management. Emphasis will be on the specific roles and responsibilities of the firefighter as an emergency patient care responder and the teamwork essential to the effectiveness of this emergency response. Related topics covered in this program include legislation, regulations, standards and established policies, procedures and protocols as well the role of members of the emergency response team and the specific role of the firefighter emergency medical responder.

Units/ Hours: 24

This introductory section provides an overview of the fire service, its history, the professionalization process for firefighters and the responsibilities of the various fire department employees. In particular, it focuses on the knowledge, attitudes and skills required to be a professional fire fighter within the NFPA standards. The Fire Behaviour and Chemistry of Combustion section defines fire and its behaviour from ignition to extinguishment. Fire combustion is studied from both a physical and chemical standpoint, including the stages of fire, classes of fire, recognizable fire events, as well as methods of heat/fire spread and the methods used to control and extinguish fires. The Building Construction section details how buildings are constructed and with what materials. With a solid understanding of building construction the firefighter can properly decide how to fight the fire and be safer through all firefighting activities.

Units/ Hours: 42

The protective clothing section covers the purpose, types, uses and limitations of protective clothing. The learner practices donning personal protective clothing and equipment including maintaining, storing, cleaning and inspection. The self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) section covers types and configurations of breathing apparatus and its component parts. Respiratory hazards, limitations of breathing apparatus and emergency procedures are covered. The importance to the firefighter of the inspection, proper donning and doffing practices, operation, maintenance, cleaning and safety checks is emphasized. The firefighter health and safety section addresses safety concerns, legislated responsibilities and best practices used in the fire service.

Units/ Hours: 45

Society has come to recognize that physical fitness and wellness is essential to the enhanced quality of life. This course introduces the student to the concepts of physical fitness and provides the means to become fit and develop a healthy lifestyle. Students through discussion and practical experience will address the various components of fitness. The student will engage in an effective fitness program and develop strategies to be successful at the various firefighter fitness standards. Note: Students must pass this course to move on to Physical Fitness II/III. Students must have a successful York University Firefighter Assessment or equivalent with a valid date as of the start of semester II.

Units/ Hours: 18

The Incident Management System section provides an overview of the how firefighters respond to a fire, work on the fire ground and report through the chain of command. Principles of accountability to the firefighters and the firefighting team is stressed with an understanding of how the firefighter fits in the joint services emergency response model. The content will address the observational, assessment, problem solving and decision making skills required by firefighters at all emergency response scenes. This section will include introduction to Ontario's Incident Management System including Basic Emergency Management training.

COMP 589
Units/ Hours: 45

This course prepares students to use technology efficiently and effectively in college and workplace environments. Topics include Windows 10, Microsoft Office 365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook), myCampus Portal, D2L, Internet, file management, collaboration tools, LinkedIn, and various social media platforms as they relate to professionalism in the field of Human Services. Course content is delivered through in-class labs using lecture, guided instruction, discussions, and hands-on activities, and through online self-directed learning (SDL) tutorials, articles and activities. Students will improve their technology skills and build a professional online image.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.

Semester 2

Units/ Hours: 60

The Forcible Entry section defines forcible entry and covers the reasons and justification for forcibly entering a building or structure. This course discusses the various points of entry, the tools and techniques required and the practical applications of this discipline. The Ventilation section defines ventilation as it applies to the fire service and describes the concepts, types, procedures, precautions, and equipment associated with ventilation operations. The Loss Control section of this course addresses the purpose and benefits of salvage and scene assessment, as well as the tools, equipment and techniques used during salvage operations. The Overhaul and Fire Origin section defines overhaul and describes the reasons for, as well as procedures and precautions to be observed when performing overhaul operations. This section goes further to provide information on being able to determine the place of origin and factors present allowing the fire to start and spread.

Units/ Hours: 72

Fire Suppression Techniques is the focus for this course outline. This Water Supply section provides an overview of the design and components of municipal water supply systems and rural water supplies, as well as the types and operation of hydrants and methods of determining and controlling water flow. The Hose and Appliances section describes hoses and associated appliances used in water delivery and fire attack lines. Causes and prevention of damage and the methods of inspection, maintenance and handling are also covered. The Fire Streams and Foams section provides an overview of the water extinguishment theory and the application of water streams at the fire scene. In particular, the development of skills associated with the selection and safe operation of solid, fog and master streams is covered. The types, patterns, purpose and construction of nozzles used to produce fire streams are also covered. The Portable Extinguisher section describes the types, classification system, propulsion methods, extinguishment agents, characteristics and use of portable fire extinguishers used by the fire service. It also describes the limitations of these devices and the precautions associated with their use.

Units/ Hours: 24

This module will focus on the leadership and legislative roles of the firefighter as they pertain to performing public education, public relation activities, public fire and life safety activities. The Public Education/Relations section will focus on the firefighter's role in performing public relation/education activities such as promoting public fire and life safety, home safety inspections, performing demonstrations and consistently projecting a professional image in order to enhance the public's perception of the fire service. The Fire Safety Inspections section provides an overview of fire prevention activities engaged in by the firefighters, including Pre-Incident Planning. Principles, practices and procedures involved in fire prevention inspection will be outlined. Legislation, regulations, standards and fire prevention resources agencies will be covered. The Fire Protection System section will provided an overview on protection systems, how they work and protect people, buildings and firefighters.

Units/ Hours: 48

The Ladder section covers types and sizes of ladders used in the fire service and different methods used in carrying, raising, climbing and working on ground ladders. The Rope and Knots section introduces common ropes, terminology, knots and hitches used to raise and lower firefighter equipment in emergency and non-emergency situations. Types, sizes and uses of ropes are highlighted and includes practical experience focusing on tying common knots used in the fire service and raising and lowering firefighting equipment. The Rescue Tools and Equipment section provides an introduction to rescue tools and equipment commonly used by firefighters with an emphasis on the safe and proper use of all these tools.

Units/ Hours: 28

Society has come to recognize that personal and collective fitness and wellness are essential to the enhanced quality of life. This course concentrates on the concepts of fitness and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle. The student will take part in a variety of fitness training sessions and be able to implement an effective personal fitness program and develop strategies to be successful at the firefighter fitness standards.Prerequisites: Fitness and WellnessA valid and successful York University Firefighter Fitness Assessment or equivalent at the start of Physical Fitness 1


Semester 3

Units/ Hours: 30

The Pre-Service Firefighting program is designed to prepare the students for the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) evaluations. This course permits the student to consolidate the firefighter knowledge and skills and prepare for the OFMEM theory and practical evaluation skill tests.

Units/ Hours: 48

Fire control and operations will afford students an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned throughout the firefighting program and to apply them during intensive practice of basic firefighting skills in a controlled training environment, including live fire scenarios, electrical emergencies and regular firefighting duties. With the completion of the Intermediate Incident Management System (IMS 200) course, students will be able to demonstrate an enhanced insight into the role of the firefighter at emergency scenes, the operations of the fire service and other related emergency services agencies at multi-agency responses.

Units/ Hours: 12

Securing a position with a fire service can often take some additional time, preparation and development after graduation from a pre-service program. The purpose of the firefighter graduate development course is to make the graduates aware of the steps they need to follow to enter the career of firefighting. This will include the unique processes employed by fire services from preparatory skills and knowledge tests, certifications and future development, submitting applications and interview skills.

Units/ Hours: 18

The Pre-Service Firefighting program is designed to prepare the students for the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) evaluations. The opportunity for students to challenge the theory and practical skills evaluations to show they possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to be certified as firefighters, is provided through this course. Successful completion of the OFMEM tests will certify students as NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II and NFPA 472 Awareness and Operations level firefighters. Students must have completed and or be passing all Pre-Service firefighting courses before being permitted to challenge the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) exams and practical skills tests.

Units/ Hours: 36

The Firefighter Survival section introduces the elements of structural search, victim removal and firefighter survival, both from a self-rescue and firefighter rescue perspective. Fire ground self-rescue techniques and procedures will be the focus of the information covered. Topics include Mayday procedures, advanced SCBA techniques/procedures, rescue and escape procedures, wall breaches, entanglement prevention and emergency exit procedures. The Building Construction/Collapse section builds on the building components knowledge from ESRV 09. Through an understanding of building construction, types and design, the student will learn how buildings and structures react under stress and exposure to fire, possibly resulting in structural collapse. Having a better understanding of building construction will assist firefighters in size up, scene stabilization and manipulation for all types of emergent incidents.

Units/ Hours: 72

The Hazardous Materials Awareness section will focus on the role, responsibilities and actions taken by firefighters, at an awareness level, during a hazardous materials incident. There will be a focus on recognition, firefighter protection, interagency coordination, securing the area and accessing of information while requesting additional resources. Included in this training is an emphasis on the importance of environmental protection, the impact of hazardous incidents on the community and the health and safety of firefighters. The advanced section of Hazardous Materials Operation will focus on the role, responsibilities and actions taken by firefighters as firefighter emergency responder, at an operations level, during a hazardous materials incident. It will include knowledge on analyzing the incident, planning the response, implementing the planned response and evaluating progress. Additionally, emergency decontamination will be demonstrated and practiced. This module provides all the required knowledge and practical preparation to complete the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials and Operations levels certification, which will can be challenged at the conclusion of this module.

Units/ Hours: 18

Victim trauma is often associated with specialized rescues. To address this reality, the medical skills of the firefighter rescuer will be enhanced with the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) training. This advanced medical training will build upon the skills developed in the previous emergency medical responder course and will prepare the learner to address the specialized rescues and medical emergencies resulting from traumatic events.

Units/ Hours: 28

Society has come to recognize that personal and collective fitness and wellness are essential to the enhanced quality of life. This course concentrates on the concepts of fitness and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle. The student will take part in a variety of fitness training sessions and be able to implement an effective personal fitness program and develop strategies to be successful at the firefighter fitness standards.

Units/ Hours: 60

Rescue Operations identified in NFPA Standard 1006 Chapter 5 and will be addressed the core skills required of any technical rescuer. These skills will be demonstrated and practiced through the disciplines of auto extrication, rope rescue and confined space training and will prepare students to challenge the OFMEM NFPA 1006 Ch. 5 theory and practical tests. The Rescue Tools and Vehicle Extrication section will focus on the rescue skills and basic vehicle extrication skills necessary for a firefighter/rescuer to safely and effectively extricate a victim(s) from accident or emergency scenes. Content will include the principles, techniques and practices, reflecting leading edge vehicle technology. The use of special equipment and resources such as manual, hydraulic and pneumatic tools and ancillary equipment will be covered. Other topics include scene assessment and management, patient care and safety of victim(s) and rescuers. The Technical Rescuer section will involve training in such disciplines as rope rescue and confined space rescue, to further practice the NFPA 1006 Chapter 5 skills. Confined space and rope rescue training each provide unique opportunities to bring together many of the skills learned throughout the firefighter program with increased attention to risk management, firefighter health & safety, victim rescue and patient care.