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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, supported by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs/Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, prepares students for a career as a firefighter. This program provides applicants with pre-service level preparation to compete for positions as a firefighter. The curriculum provides the requisite knowledge and skills for commencing a recruit program with a mix of vocational courses in firefighting, generic skills-based courses for enhancing job performance as a firefighter and the required courses in general education.

The program provides the student with the opportunity to consolidate and apply theory through lab and field experience.

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 (OFM) "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.

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

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. 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 2014 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $740.00 $290.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3135.00 $3135.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $56.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $4641.06 $3880.06

Year Total $8521.12

Doon - Fall 2014 Level 2 & 3
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $290.00 $290.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3135.00 $3135.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $56.00
Session Total $4135.06 $3936.06

Year Total $8071.12

Doon - Fall 2014 Level 3
Description Fall 2014
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $290.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3135.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00
Health Documentation Fee $56.00
Session Total $4191.06

Year Total $4191.06

Doon - Winter 2015 Level 1
Description Winter 2015
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $740.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3135.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $214.20
Health Documentation Fee $56.00
ONE Card Fee $0.00
Session Total $4600.26

Year Total $4600.26


International fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. 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 2014 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
International Program Tuition $5500.00 $5500.00
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $740.00 $290.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
Health Documentation Fee $56.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $7676.06 $6620.06

Year Total $14296.12


Doon - Fall 2014 Level 2 & 3
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
International Program Tuition $5500.00 $5500.00
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $290.00 $290.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $56.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
Session Total $7170.06 $6676.06

Year Total $13846.12


Doon - Fall 2014 Level 3
Description Fall 2014
International Program Tuition $5500.00
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $290.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50
Health Documentation Fee $56.00
ISR $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00
Session Total $7226.06

Year Total $7226.06


Doon - Winter 2015 Level 1
Description Winter 2015
International Program Tuition $5500.00
Pre-Service Firefighter Supply Fee $740.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50
Health Documentation Fee $56.00
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $401.50
ONE Card Fee $0.00
Session Total $7527.56

Year Total $7527.56

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
COMM1000 Basic Communication and Critical Thinking Skills

Description: This course will cover college-level writing skills with an emphasis on sentence structure, standard English grammar, dictation, usage, and mechanics. The course will also deal with the writing process, including planning, drafting, and revising. Students will learn fundamental research and APA documentation skills through reading and synthesizing a variety of program-related material. In addition, through the application of essential-critical thinking skills, students will be able to identify erroneous arguments and faulty reasoning and eliminate these flaws from their own written work. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1020 Firefighter Fitness Training

Description: This course focuses on the practical application of Fitness tests utilized in Ontario for the testing of Firefighters including CPAT and York University Fire Fighters Fitness Assessment.

Students are required to participate in group fitness training sessions in order to increase and/or maintain an overall level of fitness to prepare the student to meet the physical demands of Firefighters. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1045 Fire Ground Operations I Practice

Description: This course will focus on the opportunity to apply concempts learned in Fire Ground Operations I Theory in a practical setting. The content covered includes the use of personal protective equipment, self contained breathing apparatus, water supply, hose streams and the use of fire department ropes and knots. This course is part of the Pre-Service firefighter program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1075 Introduction to the Fire Service and Fire Behaviour

Description: This course combines the former courses Introduction to the Fire Service and Fire Behaviour and Chemistry of Combustion. It provides an overview of Ontario fire service, the professionalization process for firefighters in Ontario, fire and emergency services organizations, fire service hiring process and the roles and responsibilities of employees. Legislation and firefighter safety practices are emphasized while focusing on the knowledge, attitudes and skills required of a professional firefighter. This course also defines fire and its behaviour from ignition to extinguishment from both a physical and chemical standpoint. The ways that heat/fire spread, the stages and classes of fire, significant fire events and the methods used to control/extinguish fire are examined. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1085 Fire Ground Operations I Theory

Description: This course will focus on an overview of components and goals of fire ground operations. The content covered includes the use of personal protective gear, self contained breathing apparatus, fire streams, fire hose, ropes, tools and equipment. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIRE1095 Education And Fire Prevention In The Community I

Description: This course will focus on the leadership and legislative roles of the firefighter as they pertain to performing public education, public relation activities, public fire and life safety activities. The legislation, regulations, standards and fire prevention resources agencies that impact the firefighter in the role of fire safety inspections and pre-incident plans are also presented. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS1250 Managing Conflict

Description: Without exception, every relationship of any depth has conflict, and conflict will not go away simply because individuals are reluctant to deal with it. Conflict can be regarded as a negative force to be avoided or controlled, or it can be seen as an opportunity for strengthening relationships, self-awareness and development. The course will examine the many factors that contribute to interpersonal conflict, and discuss appropriate skills and strategies to manage conflict effectively. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PSYC1126 Psychology For First Responders

Description: An integral part of training for first responders includes an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of several facets of psychological inquiry. This course introduces students to psychological theories and research concerning: health, stress and coping; psychological disorders and their treatment; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); bereavement and marriage and divorce.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
FIRE1015 Firefighter Emergency Patient Care

Description: This course provides an overview of the Ontario emergency medical care system and the specific roles of members of the emergency response team. Content will cover common medical/trauma conditions, the related patient care and associated situational management. Emphasis will be on the specific role and responsibilities of the firefighter emergency patient care responder and the teamwork essential to the effectiveness of the EMS response. Included will be legislation, regulations, standards and established policies, procedures and protocols as well the role of other members of the emergency response team. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1045, FIRE1070 or FIRE1075, FIRE1080 or FIRE1085
CoRequisites:

FIRE1055 Fire Ground Operations II Practice

Description: This course will provide the opportunity to apply concepts learned in Fire Ground Operations Theory II in a practical setting. The content covered includes: the use of portable extinguishers, ventilation, search and rescue, extinguishment, forcable entry, salvage and overhaul. Fire scene managment and safety will be introduced with respect to the role of the firefighter. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1080 or FIRE1085, FIRE1040 or FIRE1045, FIRE1070 or FIRE1075
CoRequisites:

FIRE1105 Education And Fire Prevention In The Community II

Description: This course provides an overview of fire prevention activities engaged in by the firefighters. Principles, practices and procedures involved in fire prevention inspection will be outlined. The purpose, development and use of pre-incident plans for fire suppression crews in determining initial response and Incident Management is also presented. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1080 or FIRE1085, FIRE1090 or FIRE1095, FIRE1070 or FIRE1075, FIRE1040 or FIRE1045
CoRequisites:

FIRE1115 Fire Ground Operations II Theory

Description: This course is the continuation of Fire Ground Operations I Theory and will continue to focus on an overview of components and goals of fire ground operations. The use of personal protective gear, tools and equipment will be covered as well as ventilation, forcible entry, use of portable extinguishers, search and rescue, salvage, overhaul and extinguishment. Fire scene management will be emphasized with respect to the role of the firefighter. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1080 or FIRE1085, FIRE1070 or FIRE1075, FIRE1040 or FIRE1045
CoRequisites:

FIRE1210 Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations Theory

Description: This course provides an overview of environmental hazards and rescue operations. The role and responsibilities of the firefighting team and co-operating agencies are highlighted, along with safety practices and risk assessments. Also emphasized are the importance of environmental protection and the impact of hazardous incidents on the community and the health and safety of firefighters. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 69
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1045, FIRE1075, FIRE1085
CoRequisites:

FIRE1220 Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations Practical

Description: This course provides the opportunity to apply the generic rescue principles and practices in training and subsequently, scenario based environments. Attitudes towards safety and teamwork are reinforced as the student applies the generic and specialized skills that are required for incidents involving general rescue situations and electrical hazards, hazardous materials, non-entry confined space rescue, trench rescue, land based water/ice rescue, general vehicle extrication, and structural collapse. The size-up, assessment, victim communication and stabilization skills used in various rescue situations are applied. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
FIRE2130 Practical Fire Ground Applications

Description: This course will be a culmination of the knowledge attitudes and skills learned in the Fire Ground Theory and Practice courses. The focus will be on applying all the attitudes, skills and knowledge into broad based 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. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 49
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1055, FIRE1115
CoRequisites:

FIRE2140 Firefighter Skills Performance

Description: In this course students will demonstrate that they are fully proficient in all skills required of a firefighter. They will demonstrate that they meet all requirements in terms of fire ground operations skills, emergency patient care skills and environmental protection and rescue skills. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1220, FIRE1015, FIRE1055
CoRequisites:

FIRE2150 Pregraduate Experience

Description: The purpose of the Pre-Graduate Experience is to afford students an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned and to apply them during intensive practice of basic firefighting skills in a simulated environment, including live fire. Students will also gain better insight into the role of the firefighter, the operation of the fire service and other related emergency services. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.

Each student, based on the defined learning outcomes, will participate in a minimum of 172 hours which includes:
1. Fire Department Operations and other emergency - related experiences:
a. Hospital Emergency Room (~10 hours)
b. Emergency Medical Services (~4 hours)
c. Fire Prevention Activities (inspection) (~4 hours)
d. Public Education/ Relations Activities (~8 hours)
e. Emergency and/or Fire Dept. Communication Centre (~4 hours)
f. Other relevant Community Emergency Services (~14 hours) (Note: Hours may vary

2. Individual and team-based skills development through practice

3. Review of theory (knowledge) learning outcomes
Hours: 172
Credits: 9
Pre-Requisites: FIRE1015, FIRE1020, FIRE1055, FIRE1105, FIRE1115, FIRE1210, FIRE1220
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
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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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