Firefighters are key members of the emergency services professions because of the important role they play in saving lives, property and the environment. More than 10,000 full-time firefighters in Ontario use their skills, physical abilities and fire prevention and suppression techniques to put out fires and keep their communities secure.
Graduates of our program have been hired by fire departments in cities across the province and the country, including in Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Vaughan, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and Halifax, as well as several by the Canadian Forces.
Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, through the Endorsement Review Board, endorses the program content of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program. This curriculum is based on the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Ontario Standardized Curriculum for Firefighters (2008), which comprises the body of knowledge and practical skills required to meet the job-related performance objectives specified in the Ontario Fire Services Firefighter Standards. Graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program are eligible to write the OFM Provincial Firefighter Test.
The pre-graduate work experience (a minimum of 172 hours) will give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in school to intensive practice sessions in a variety of areas. You will be required to have successfully completed all other vocational theory and skills courses within the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program, prior to commencing pre-graduate work experience.
Your Future Study Options
Humber offers Fire and Emergency Services – Specialized Rescue courses, which will enhance your skills and benefit you in your pursuit of a career as a firefighter. Specialized rescue courses are taught by experienced firefighters, and a Certificate of Participation is granted upon successful completion of each course.