2014/15 Program

Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Our Program

Humber’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Certificate will help prepare you for the demands of becoming a firefighter. Your training will begin with courses on how fire departments operate and the kind of equipment used on the job. Then go more in-depth into fire behaviour and combustion chemistry, firefighting techniques, rescue strategies, fire apparatus operations, emergency care for patients, hazardous materials awareness and firefighter fitness training. Faculty who are certified fire service trainers and active firefighters will spark your interest and prepare you for the field by sharing their extensive experience and expertise in the classroom.

Experience the everyday reality of firefighting by practising your skills in a burn tower. Guidance on finding employment that includes support with resumés and job interviews will prepare you to build a gratifying career in this important occupation.

Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about this program. For dates, call 416.675.6622 ext. 3484.

Your Career

Firefighters are among the most respected members of emergency services professionals because of the important role they play in saving lives, property and the environment. Transform your desire to join this rewarding line of work through Humber’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training certificate.

Ontario’s more than 10,000 full-time firefighters use their skills, physical abilities and fire prevention and suppression techniques to put out fires and keep society secure.

Graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training 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 by the Canadian Forces.

Work Placement

The purpose of the pre-graduate work experience (a minimum of 172 hours) is to afford students an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned and to apply them during intensive practice sessions using their basic skills in various areas. The student will be required to have successfully completed all other vocational theory and skills courses within the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) through the Endorsement Review Board (ERB) endorses the program content of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program. This curriculum is based on the Ontario Fire Marshal’s (OFM’s) Ontario Standardized Curriculum for Firefighters (2008), which meets 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.

Your Future Study Options

Humber offers Fire and Emergency Services – Specialized Rescue courses. These courses will enhance your skills and benefit you in your pursuit of a career as a firefighter. A Certificate of Participation is granted upon successful completion of each course. Specialized rescue courses are taught by experienced firefighters. For further information, call 416.675.6622 ext. 4694 or email ian.sim@humber.ca or visit communityservices.humber.ca.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U)
  • Attendance at a testing session, which includes:
    • firefighter aptitude test, including math
    • completion of a writing sample
  • Applicants are rank ordered based on the testing results and the best qualified are invited in for an information meeting where the final selection is made for admission into the program

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Requirements
  • Candidates who do not pass the York University Fitness Evaluation must re-test (at student’s expense) and pass prior to the end of the first semester in order to proceed to semester two
  • Minimum 20/30 uncorrected vision in both eyes with no significant colour deficiency is a normal fire department requirement but will not prevent admission into this program. Students not meeting this requirement are required to sign a letter of understanding stating they’re aware of fire department requirements
  • Complete immunization record including immunization against Hepatitis B
  • Valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Provider (HCP) and Standard First Aid certificates. Documentation must be submitted to the program co-ordinator one month prior to the start of semester one
  • Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. It is important for potential students to understand that certain requirements are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program, including the pre-graduate work experience and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program. The police record check may have to be renewed every three to six months. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time. Refer to the Admission Information section in this publication.

The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $11,602.26
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

Approximately $175 for York University Fitness Evaluation (on a date scheduled by Humber) and approximately $700 for firefighter-related textbooks/equipment. Psychology and humanities books are extra.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
FPRE 101 Introduction To Fire Service
FPRE 102 Fire Behaviour and Chemistry of Combustion
FPRE 103 Fire Ground Operations 1
FPRE 106 Firefighter Fitness Training
FPRE 109 Specialized Rescue 1
FPRE 205 Role of Firefighter in the Community 2
HUMA 024 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
LANG 129 Professional Communications: Firefighters

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
FPRE 105 Role of Firefighter in the Community 1
FPRE 155 Firefighter Mechanical Aptitude
FPRE 201 Fire Apparatus Operations
FPRE 203 Fire Ground Operations 2
FPRE 210 Firefighter Emergency Patient Care
FPRE 301 Live Fire Evolutions
FPRE 303 Fire Ground Operations 3
FPRE 305 Pre-Graduate Work Experience
FPRE 309 WHMIS/Hazardous Materials: Awareness
PSYC 001 Psychology: Introduction