To Save Life, Property and Environment

Ever wonder what it’s like to drench down a blazing inferno? Of course you have - every kid dreams of becoming a firefighter when they grow up. But for some, the feeling never goes away…

If that’s you, Confederation College’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program will give you the knowledge and skills you need to pursue this demanding and rewarding career. The program provides well-rounded training for aspiring firefighters. You’ll learn basic fire science, fire suppression principles and practices, emergency patient care, fire prevention/public education and specialty modules such as confined space and environmental hazards. Your in-class learning will be reinforced with field placements to give you hands-on experience - invaluable as you compete for positions after graduation.


  • Program developed and endorsed by the office of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), and the Office of Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) in cooperation with the Thunder Bay Fire & Rescue Services (THFRS)
  • Graduates will be eligible to undertake provincial testing to meet the requirements of the Office of the Fire Marshal for certification as a firefighter under the NFPA 1001, NFPA 472, and NFPA 1006 Standards
  • Includes testing in simulated and controlled live fire training scenarios

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program go on to careers in professional firefighting, fire prevention and public education, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, private fire service and fire inspection. It is also good training for those considering a position as a volunteer firefighter.

Please note that each hiring municipality or fire department has its own rigorous entrance standards including physical and other tests. It is highly recommended that you are familiar with the specific hiring and application requirements of the particular agency.

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