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Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training

Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training

Program Code:FFP
Duration:3 Semesters (12 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

The Firefighter Pre–Service Education and Training 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.

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.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicant profile.

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will receive notification of how and when to submit a portfolio.
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their portfolio, English and math scores.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.



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Your Career

Prepare for an exciting career in fire departments across Ontario. Our Firefighter, Pre–Service Education and Training (FFP) certificate program provides you with comprehensive recruit training and equips you to write the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) Provincial Test. Upon successful completion of the provincial exam, you’ll be eligible to apply to any Fire Department in Ontario.

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Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course 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 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FIR005 Fire Ground Operations II 4
FIR006 Fire Suppression II 5
FIR008 Hazards in the Environment 3
FIR009 Rescue Operations 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FIR010 Fire Safety Inspections 3
FIR011 Community Education 3
FIR012 Practicum 6
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Fitness for Firefighters
Introduction to the Fire Service
Introduction to Firefighting
Fire Ground Operations I
Fire Suppression I
Firefighter Emergency Patient Care
Semester 2
Fire Ground Operations II
Fire Suppression II
Hazards in the Environment
Rescue Operations
General Education Option
Semester 3
Fire Safety Inspections
Community Education
General Education Option

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Julie Leong
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aleksandra Sasin
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Bill Sault
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26647
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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Seneca's Firefighter, Pre-service, Education and Training

Tenille, a graduate of Seneca's Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training program, talks about learning at Seneca, her professors being hired by the Town of Markham as a firefighter. Video