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Pre-service Firefighter Education and Training

Pre-service Firefighter Education and Training Ontario College Certificate

What is Pre-service Firefighter Education and Training?

In this program, students gain the knowledge and skills of basic fire science, fire suppression principles and practice, first responder emergency care, and fire prevention and public education. This program also provides students with specialty knowledge in confined space and water and ice rescue.

This three semester program meets the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards:

NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications: Firefighter I and Firefighter II,

NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents,

NFPA 1006, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
FIRE
Length:
1 Year
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
3 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

Winter - Barrie

Contact:
Bob Pollard
Email:
Bob.Pollard@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1741

In this program, students gain the knowledge and skills of basic fire science, fire suppression principles and practice, first responder emergency care, and fire prevention and public education. This program also provides students with specialty knowledge in confined space and water and ice rescue.

This three semester program meets the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards:

NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications: Firefighter I and Firefighter II,

NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents,

NFPA 1006, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • outline and perform the safe operation and wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE)


  • describe and practice the proper use of firefighting and emergency response tools and equipment


  • define and apply safe operating principles and practices when responding to emergency situations


  • utilize effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing, using common fire service terminology


  • incorporate social entrepreneurship skills and volunteerism to foster positive social change in the community


  • practice environmental sustainability.
Fall Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3

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Fall | Winter | Summer

2016 | 2017 | 2017

Winter Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3

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Winter | Summer | Fall

2017 | 2017 | 2017

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) endorses the content of this curriculum.

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG 4C, ENG 4U); plus any Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP 4C or MCT 4C), or any Grade 12 U University Mathematics

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course and most credit mathematics courses taken at Georgian College

- Equivalent courses in English and mathematics taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and business, apprentice or technical mathematics*

- Mature student testing in English and mathematics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses and most mathematics credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English and mathematics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

32 Mandatory Courses

1 Communications Course

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 70% for each theoretical fire course and a letter grade of P (Pass) for each practical Fire course.

To graduate from non-fire courses in the program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

FIRE1067 Career Preparation 1
FIRE1068 Introduction to Fire Service
FIRE1069 Firefighter Fitness 1
FIRE1070 Fire Protection Systems and Public Education
FIRE1071 Protective Equipment and Rescue Theory
FIRE1072 Protective Equipment and Rescue Practical
FIRE1073 Ladders, Ropes and Illumination Theory
FIRE1074 Ladders, Ropes and Illumination Practical
FIRE1075 Emergency First Responder 1 Theory
FIRE1076 Emergency First Responder 1 Practical
FIRE1077 Fire Grounds Practice and Testing 1
FIRE1078 Firefighter Fitness 2
FIRE1079 Fire Control Theory
FIRE1080 Fire Control Practical
FIRE1081 Hazardous Materials Awareness Theory
FIRE1082 Hazardous Materials Awareness Practical
FIRE1083 Emergency First Responder 2 Theory
FIRE1084 Emergency First Responder 2 Practical
FIRE1085 Fire Streams and Hoses Theory
FIRE1086 Fire Streams and Hoses Practical
FIRE1087 Loss Control and Fire Cause Determination Theory
FIRE1088 Loss Control and Fire Cause Determination Practical
FIRE1089 Technical Rescue Theory
FIRE1090 Technical Rescue Practical
FIRE1091 Fire Ground Practice and Testing 2 Practical
FIRE1092 Hazardous Materials Operations Theory
FIRE1093 Hazardous Materials Operations Practical
FIRE1094 Vehicle Rescue and Extrication Theory
FIRE1095 Vehicle Rescue and Extrication Practical
FIRE1096 Career Preparation 2
FIRE1097 Fire Safety Inspections for Firefighters
FIRE1098 Fire Ground Practice and Testing 3
Communications Course
To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record. Also, a CPR Basic Rescue Certificate (Level C or higher) and Standard First Aid certificate must be maintained throughout the program. Students are required to submit a copy of both certificates prior to program start.

Applicants are expected to attend a group orientation session prior to the beginning of the first semester in September or January semesters.

Physical Fitness: Students must be physically fit to participate. A waiver and informed consent indicating the ability to perform the physical fitness and physical duties is required for firefighter training. During the orientation process students will be required to confirm that they are not affected by acrophobia (fear of heights) and claustrophobia (fear of confined space). If you are unsure of your health status or phobias, you should consult your doctor prior to entering the program as these may preclude you from gaining employment in firefighting. Students must successfully complete the requirements of the York Firefighter Fitness test or CPAT prior to graduation.

Special Considerations

Vision: Uncorrected Visual Acuity should be at least 6/12 (20/40) binocularly (both eyes). Corrected Visual Acuity should be at least 6/6 (20/20) binocularly. There are additional minimum requirements regarding refractive surgery farsightedness (hyperopia), colour vision, depth perception and peripheral vision. No marked degree of color blindness is permitted. Hearing requirements are normal unaided hearing at frequencies of 500 to 4000 Hz measured by audiometer.

A hiring municipality or fire department may have additional special requirements for those entering a career as a firefighter. Students wishing to pursue such careers should ensure that they will be able to meet the physical and educational requirements before enrolling. Potential students with a criminal record will need to discuss their personal situation with college counsellors before enrolling in the program.

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Ninth annual combat challenge a huge success

Pre-Service Firefighter students in Ontario have helped to raise more $100,000 over the past nine years in support of Camp BUCKO. Georgian hosted the annual combat event this month, bringing together students from colleges across the province in an exciting skills competition. Read more...

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Ninth annual combat challenge a huge success

Pre-Service Firefighter students in Ontario have helped to raise more $100,000 over the past nine years in support of Camp BUCKO. Georgian hosted the annual combat event this month, bringing together students from colleges across the province in an exciting skills competition. Read more...

A smiling student wearing a firefighter badge holds up a calendar. Students sell calendars behind him.

Need a 2015 calendar? Support Camp Bucko

Students from the Pre-service Firefighter Education and Training program sold 2015 calendars in front of the library at the Barrie Campus. They cost $10 and proceeds went to Camp Bucko, a camp for kids with burn injuries. The calendars feature photos of students from the program. Read more...

A group of colourfully dressed people gather together in a lunch room.

Georgian Me to We club makes positive impact in Kenya

Members of the Georgian Me to We club have returned from an experiential learning trip to Kenya. Me to We is a social justice group that contributes to the local and international community to better people's lives through education, health care, clean water and sanitation, etc. This year’s international development trip focused on educational learning and building a school for children in Kenya. Read more...

Evacuation exercise gives students the chance to test their skills

Students were actively involved in an Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) mock evacuation in October, 2014. They connected theory with practice during a morning-long exercise that involved moving "patients" from the centre to Georgian’s athletic facilities at the Barrie Campus. Read more...

Midland Fire Chief Kevin Foster with Mary O’Farrell-Bowers, Dean, School of Public Safety and Emergency Services and a group of students

Midland Fire Department ignites hands-on learning

Georgian College’s newest classroom literally has all the bells and whistles. The Town of Midland donated one of its fire trucks to the college for students from the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program to practise real-life firefighting scenarios Read more...

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Bob Pollard
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1741

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