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Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
1074
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

This program provides strong pre-service preparation for individuals seeking a career with today's and tomorrow's fire services. Our curriculum provides the knowledge, skills, and professional development for success as a fire services recruit, and the foundation for further career progression opportunities in this important area of public safety.

With a focus on professionalism, integrated skills acquisition through simulation-based training and inter-professional collaboration, students build towards internationally recognized credentials (National Fire Protection Association - NFPA) relevant to careers in fire suppression and also prevention through training in public education. They also develop critical thinking, situational performance skills, and lifelong wellness practices that enhance their personal and professional development and adaptability, serving as the foundation for ongoing learning, and adding value and lowering risk to prospective employers.

Program Information

Length: Three-semester Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Waitlist) - Fall | Winter | Fall
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2016 (Open) - Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 34 September; 34 January

Note:

The three semesters are not consecutive. The September program runs Fall, Winter and Fall, while the January program runs Winter, Fall and Winter.

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Practicum health and/or safety requirements must be completed in order for students to attend off-campus learning experiences. These are mandatory for the completion of the program. Students who do not attend off-campus learning experiences may not be promoted to the next semester, which will ultimately result in non-completion of the program.

To qualify for off-campus learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information which will be provided by the College:

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training - Program # 1074

Doon - Fall 2015 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $800.00 $280.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3291.00 $3291.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $285.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $4911.81 $4060.71

Year Total $8972.52

Doon - Fall 2015 Level 2 & 3
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $280.00 $280.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3291.00 $3291.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $285.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $57.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $4334.81 $4117.71

Year Total $8452.52

Doon - Fall 2015 Level 3
Description Fall 2015
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $280.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3290.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $285.00
Health Documentation Fee $57.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $4390.81

Year Total $4390.81

Doon - Winter 2016 Level 1
Description Winter 2016
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $800.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3291.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $239.40
Health Documentation Fee $57.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $4877.11

Year Total $4877.11


International fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for
Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training - Program # 1074


Doon - Fall 2015 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00 $5750.00
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $800.00 $280.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $8010.81 $6894.71

Year Total $14905.52


Doon - Fall 2015 Level 2 & 3
Description Fall 2015 Winter 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00 $5750.00
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $280.00 $280.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00 $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15 $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55 $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40 $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7490.81 $6894.71

Year Total $14385.52


Doon - Fall 2015 Level 3
Description Fall 2015
International Program Tuition $5750.00
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $280.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $57.00
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $7490.81

Year Total $7490.81


Doon - Winter 2016 Level 1
Description Winter 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $800.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $57.00
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $401.50
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $7873.21

Year Total $7873.21

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to become firefighters.

91% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $38,971.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
FIRE1300 Fire Fighter I Theory

Description: This course introduces the firefighter to the fire service. Topics include theory training on the following subjects: History of the Fire Service, Firefighter Health & Safety, Communications, Building Construction, Fire Behaviour, Personal Protective Equipment, Portable Fire Extinguishers, Ropes, Knots and Webbing, Search & Rescue, Illumination, Forcible Entry, Ladders, Ventilation, Water, Supply, Fire Hose, Fire Streams, Fire Protections Systems, Fire Control, Loss Control, Fire Origin, and Fire Safety Initiatives.
Hours: 104
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1310 Fire Fighter I Lab

Description: This course introduces the firefighter to the fire service. Topics include skills training on the following subjects: Firefighter Health & Safety, Communications, Personal Protective Equipment, Portable Fire Extinguishers, Ropes, Knots and Webbing, Search & Rescue, Illumination, Forcible Entry, Ladders, Ventilation, Water, Supply, Fire Hose, Fire Streams, Fire Control, Loss Control, and Fire Origin.
Hours: 120
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIT1080 Fit for Work, Fit for Life

Description: This course focuses on the theoretical and practical use of proactive and preventive behaviour to improve personal health and wellness. Students will develop strategies to improve their quality of life and reduce impediments to personal, academic, and future work success. Through lessons, collaboration, peer review, and personal reflection, students will examine concepts such as health literacy, behaviour modification, lifestyle psychology, positive psychology, stress management, addictive behaviour, and mental health. Through experiential learning, students will develop and practice strategies to improve on areas related to physical fitness, eating habits, sleep patterns, self-awareness, critical thinking and resilience. ?Fit for Work, Fit for Life? will provide students a personal understanding of their role in a wide variety of personal and professional settings.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIT1090 Vocational Performance Standards I

Description: This course will introduce students to relevant bona fide vocational physical performance standards, assess their physical abilities against the identified test criteria and provide test-specific coaching that complements learning in Fit for Work/Fit for Life.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1320 Hazardous Materials Core Operations

Description: Hazmat training focuses on the recognition of a hazardous materials emergency, personnel safety, hazard assessment, and the notification of higher skilled emergency responders or technical response teams. Students will become familiar with the Emergency Response Guidebook and learn about the mandate and authority of the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC). Students will explore topics such as placards, containers, materials Involved; determine whether materials have been released, PPE, emergency decontamination and the evaluation of the surrounding conditions. The students through collecting hazard and response information will develop a ?risk based response? plan. Core Operations will also include the sign off of Product Control (NFPA 472, 2013 edition) mission specific section 6.6
Hours: 50
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1330 Fire Fighter II Theory

Description: This course builds on the skills from Firefighter I. Topics include skills training on the following subjects: Fire Department Communications, Scene lighting, Rescue Tools, Vehicle extrication, Technical Rescue, Fire Hose, Fire Streams, Fire Control, Fire Origin and Cause, Fire Protection Systems, Fire & Life Safety Initiatives
Hours: 52
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1300, FIRE1310
CoRequisites:

FIRE1340 Fire Fighter II Lab

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyze, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 120
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1300, FIRE1310
CoRequisites:

FIT1100 Vocational Performance Standards II

Description: This course will provide students with performance-specific coaching related to bona fide vocational physical performance criteria, and assess their physical abilities against the relevant test criteria.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: FIT1090
CoRequisites:

Level 3
CDEV1440 Career Preparation (Fire Fighter)

Description: This course will provide a general overview of the fire service admissions requirements and how to approach the process within the municipal structure. The focus will be on learning the necessary philosophy, theory and skills to properly apply to municipal fire services. This will be accomplished through instructor led classroom work including practical exercises on the application process, cover letter and resume writing and interviewing skills. It will culminate in a mock recruitment scenario involving fire professionals and including a peer review component.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1350 Technical Rescuer Core

Description: This course will cover the job performance requirements that shall be met under the NFPA 1006 ? 2013 edition prior to being qualified as a Technical Rescuer. The course includes a comprehensive understanding of site operations giving a specific type of rescue incident. In addition, this course provides an overview of victim management including triage and assessments of rescue vs. recovery. It provides an in depth understanding regarding inspection and maintenance of rescue equipment. Finally, the course will teach how to tie knots bends and hitches so that the knots are recognizable.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1320
CoRequisites:

FIRE1360 Skills Consolidation

Description: This course encapsulate and extend the key elements from the three courses in Level 3 of the current design: the application of scenarios that allow the student to demonstrate transference from learning the fire ground skills in a training environment to performance of those skills as part of a team; fire ground operations skills, emergency patient care skills and environmental protection and rescue skills. It will provide students the opportunity to extend and apply knowledge, skills and abilities during intensive practice of basic firefighting skills in a simulated environment, including live fire. Students will also gain better insight and simulated inter-professional experience into the role of the firefighter, the operation of the fire service and other related emergency services, and interactions with special populations (seniors, people with mental health issues).
Hours: 120
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1320, FIRE1330, FIRE1340, FIT1100
CoRequisites:

FIRE1370 Fire Fighter First Responder

Description: This course will cover pre-hospital care and CPR skills for professional first responders or those wanting to become first responders. This course teaches techniques for sustaining life, preventing further injuries, and caring for illnesses and injuries until the next level of medical personnel arrives, including CPR level HCP and AED. The application of these skills is strengthened through simulation based learning and inter-professional scenarios.
Hours: 80
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1380 Public Educator I

Description: This course prepares the student to design and deliver sound public education programs that consider the needs of diverse audiences. It is based on NFPA 1035 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator. Topics includes basic learning theories, community based programming, public relations, risk evaluation, and risk reduction strategies.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2015 Doon Wait List
JAN, 2016 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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