Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training
|Duration:||3 Semesters (12 Months)|
|Start Dates:||Summer, Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Certificate|
The Firefighter Pre–Service program provides you with the most comprehensive and current training to meet both local and provincial fire service needs. In addition to theoretical learning, you’ll also benefit from hands–on training in basic firefighting skills on campus and at several fire training facilities. These skills will provide you with an advantage in the highly competitive field of firefighting.
Please note that the job of firefighting requires strenuous physical work. You’ll be required to pass a Physical and Endurance Test during the first semester of the program. Good hearing and vision are requirements in this test.
All competencies specified for this program must be met and therefore attendance is critical at all times.
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 "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.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation (C), University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older).
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
- Grade 12 Mathematics: MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over) or Grade 12 (U) Mathematics, MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions) or MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
Note: All applicants who are offered admission to programs in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology will have an English and Mathematics skills assessment. The assessments are used for academic placement in English and Mathematics courses that are appropriate to the student’s skill level. In the event a preparatory course is required before enrolling in the standard first semester English or Mathematics, students will automatically be timetabled into the appropriate preparatory course. To enroll in the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.
Prior to the first day of classes, students who are accepted into the program will require:
- Completion of Health Assessment Form
- Standard First Aid and Basic CPR
- Applicants will be required to attend a mandatory orientation session. In the event of oversubscription, applicants will be selected on the basis of information provided in an Applicant Profile and résumé normally submitted at the orientation session. Both content and written communication skills will be assessed. Please note that admission to this program is highly competitive.
Note: At the end of semester one, a Fitness Test will be required for the student to continue in the program. This test requires minimum 20/30 uncorrected vision in both eyes with no colour deficiency.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
Prepare for an exciting career in Fire Departments across Ontario. Our Firefighter, Pre–Service (Education and Training) certificate program provides you with comprehensive recruit training and equips you to write the OFM (Office of the Fire Marshal) Provincial Test. Upon successful completion of the provincial exam, you’ll be eligible to apply to any Fire Department in Ontario.
For more information, visit: www.senecacollege.ca/school/fireprotection.
- Academic strength is calculated from all submitted school grades.
- Additional points are given for academics above the minimum requirements.
- Each candidate must complete a Pre–Service Firefighter profile and points are given for both work and non–work related experience.
|Semester 1||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|FFF101||Fitness for Firefighters||3|
|FIR001||Introduction to the Fire Service||3|
|FIR002||Introduction to Firefighting||5|
|FIR003||Fire Ground Operations I||3|
|FIR004||Fire Suppression I||5|
|FIR007||Firefighter Emergency Patient Care||3|
|Semester 2||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|FIR005||Fire Ground Operations II||4|
|FIR006||Fire Suppression II||5|
|FIR008||Hazards in the Environment||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|FIR010||Fire Safety Inspections||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Program Chair:||Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
|Program Coordinator:||Russ Chalmers
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26647
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Eva Qadeer
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22802
|International Admissions Advisor:||Erica Yudelman
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
|Registration & Records Advisor:||Adam Chisholm
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468