Confederation College

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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

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Program Information

School:Confederation College
Field of Study:Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
Description:If your ambition is to find challenging, physical and rewarding employment, then look no further. The one-year (extended) Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program will provide you with the required knowledge, practical skills and appropriate attitudes to pursue a career as a firefighter.

The office of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) (, and the Office of Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) (, developed the curriculum and have endorsed the delivery of this program in cooperation with the Thunder Bay Fire & Rescue Services of Thunder Bay (THFRS).

The program provides well-rounded training for aspiring Firefighters that reflects a competency and occupational based curriculum designed to further the Ontario Fire Service professionalization process. The curriculum design is based on the need for the student to have specific academic preparation in order to pursue a career in the fire service field.

The three-semester program offers you a standardized curriculum of knowledge, skills and testing in simulated and controlled live fire training scenarios. Content will include, but is not limited to, knowledge and skills in the following areas: basic fire science, fire suppression principles and practices, Firefighter First Responder emergency patient care, fire prevention/public education, and specialty modules such as confined space and environmental hazards.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Service program, you will be qualified to pursue provincial testing from the Office of the Fire Marshal. Upon completion of the program, and after securing employment with a fire services department, you may apply to the Ontario Fire College to receive the OFC Firefighter Certificate of Achievement.
URL:Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training at Confederation College
Length:1 Year(s)
Careers:Forestry Professionals

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (U/C), or Open (O) preparation levels with Grade 12 English (C/U) Level. or successful completion of the Mature Student Assessment. or successful completion of the General Education Development Test (GED). or appropriate credits from the Academic and Career Entrance program (ACE).

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* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on February 14, 2015