Starts: January, September
This 12-month certificate program offers comprehensive training that meet the National Fire Protection Association qualifications. You will train at several fire training facilities, as well as on campus, to master firefighting skills through hands-on experience. This program offers theoretical knowledge and practical experiences that will prepare you for the highly competitive field of firefighting. 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.
“I graduated from Seneca's Pre-Service Firefighter Program in 2013 and aside from the obvious - learning the basic skills, knowledge and techniques in preparation for my firefighting career, Seneca provided me with much more: job application guidance, resources and opportunities for additional job certifications, instructors with current experience in the field, and administration and staff who cared about helping me every step of the way until I got hired. I was able to start my career with confidence and transition smoothly through recruitment and ranking classes thanks to the foundation that I received at Seneca.”
Andrea Bondi, Firefighter - Markham Fire and Emergency Services and Seneca Graduate
“I took the Seneca program because it has a reputation for producing solid recruit firefighters. As a student, I received focused training from instructors who were all professional firefighters, with real experience. Seneca prepared me well for the wide variety of tasks that we perform: medical response, hazmat, fire suppression, prevention and public education. The program was absolutely key to my success.”
Benedict Lopes, Firefighter - Barrie Fire and Emergency Services and Seneca Graduate
“Seneca College has the most relevant and up-to-date training and equipment, and they have staff who prepare you with the knowledge you need to not only get the job but be successful in your career. The education and advice I received at Seneca ensured that I was ready for all aspects of the hiring process and allowed me to excel in recruit class and beyond.”
Andrew Boyce, Firefighter - Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services and Seneca Graduate
As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:
Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:
EMR certification, DZ license, and a fitness certificate are required by many fire services as part of the application process.