Program Objectives

Firefighters participate as members of a team in protecting persons and property as well as in fighting fires using the standard and specialized materials required. For emergencies other than fires, firefighters assist communities hit by natural or industrial disasters in order to minimize impact on lives, property or the environment. In terms of rescue operations, firefighters participate in search activities, dispense first aid and evacuate victims.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
937-274 To enter the labour market 60 4
937-302 To determine their suitability for the occupation and the training process 30 2
937-312 To handle hoses, nozzles and appliances 30 2
937-322 To conduct searches for victims in conditions involving heat and smoke 30 2
937-333 To establish connections between combustion phenomena and building construction 45 3
937-343 To access a building and its structure 45 3
937-363 To establish the water supply for fire streams 45 3
937-375 To perform emergency operations involving a fire in a low-risk building and an exterior fire 75 5
937-383 To perform emergency operations involving hazardous materials 45 3
937-392 To perform on-site salvage and overhaul operations 30 2
937-413 To establish a water supply and set up high-flow equipment 45 3
937-433 To manoeuvre a ladder truck 45 3
937-455 To prevent physical health problems 75 5
937-462 To set up and establish the water supply from one fire vehicle to another 30 2
937-475 To carry out prevention activities 75 5
937-482 To prevent psychological health problems 30 2
937-933 To operate a fire vehicle 45 3
937-944 To act as a First Responder 60 4
937-953 To perform emergency operations involving a fire in an attached low-rise building and a large building 45 3
937-962 To interact with the members of a fire station 30 2
937-974 To perform emergency operations involving a fire in a high-occupancy building 60 4
937-984 To perform vertical rescue operations 60 4
937-993 To perform water rescue operations 45 3
938-004 To perform rescue operations involving a damaged vehicle 60 4
938-013 To perform rescue operations in a confined space 45 3
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Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific Prerequisites

Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)--MTH-3053-2 ou (MTH-3016-2)563-306 ou (568-314)

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Firefighters intervene as first responders (first aid) and fight fires. They operate rescue equipment, ladders, fire pumps, fire hose nozzles, etc. They carry out rescue missions in high places, confined spaces or inside wrecked vehicles, etc. As part of their duties, they may be responsible for ensuring firefighting equipment is in good working condition and educating the public on fire safety. It is an essential occupation that requires courage, selflessness and high tolerance to stress. A job as a firefighter is suitable for people in excellent physical condition who like to work in a team.

Related Training(s)

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Average Salary

Firefighter — $33.70

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