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Jul 3 2018

Firefighter – Pre – Service Education and Training – Seneca – Toronto, Canada

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Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training

Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

The Firefighter Pre-Service Education and Training program provides you with the most comprehensive and current training to meet NFPA 1001 FF I II professional qualifications. In addition to theoretical learning, you’ll also benefit from hands-on training in basic firefighting skills on campus and at several fire training facilities. These skills will provide you with an advantage in the highly competitive field of firefighting.

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Please note that the job of firefighting requires strenuous physical work. You’ll be required to pass a Physical and Endurance Test during the first semester of the program. Good hearing and vision are requirements in this test.

All competencies specified for this program must be met and therefore attendance is critical at all times.

This curriculum is based on the current NFPA 1001 Standard for Professional Qualification for Firefighter. Successful students may challenge the OFMEM NFPA 1001 FF I II written and practical exams which will include IFSAC and Pro Board Certification.

The following additional certifications are offered during the program:

  • NFPA 1006 Technical Rescue (IFSAC)
  • NFPA 472 Ops Level (IFSAC)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (Red Cross EMR)
  • DZ Driver’s License (additional cost)

All competencies specified for this program must be met and therefore attendance is critical at all times.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading ).
  • An applicant profile that details work experience, post-secondary education, and volunteer involvement.
  • Applicants will receive notification of how and when to submit a profile.
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their profile, English and math scores.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.
  • Students who are not selected may be given an alternate offer for the Fire Protection Engineering Technician Diploma program.


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Your Career

Our three-semester Pre-service Firefighter program is designed to give you the confidence and skills needed to pursue an exciting firefighting career.

Many colleges now provide NFPA certifications, so what makes Seneca’s program different? We believe there is much more to the hiring process than just NFPA certifications and Seneca delivers a program that will ensure that you are fully prepared to enter the workplace. In addition to receiving NFPA certifications, you will participate in comprehensive fitness classes*, mock written and practical employment exams, and attend individual interview sessions that are recorded and critiqued in order for you to be familiar with the hiring techniques currently used by fire services. Seneca’s medical training is second to none, with experienced instructors teaching the Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder* (EMR) program.

An optional DZ license* course is offered to ensure that graduating students have all the qualifications necessary to immediately start the fire services application process. We are very proud of the Seneca College Pre-Service program and we look forward helping you realize your goal of becoming a firefighter.

*EMR certification, DZ license, and a fitness certificate are required by many fire services as part of the application process.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online .

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I graduated from Seneca’s Pre-Service Firefighter Program in 2013and aside from the obvious – learning the basic skills, knowledge and techniques in preparation for my firefighting career, Seneca provided me with much more: job application guidance, resources and opportunities for additional job certifications, instructors with current experience in the field, and administration and staff who cared about helping me every step of the way until I got hired. I was able to start my career with confidence and transition smoothly through recruitment and ranking classes thanks to the foundation that I received at Seneca.

Andrea Bondi, Firefighter – Markham Fire and Emergency Services and Seneca Graduate

Seneca College has the most relevant and up-to-date training and equipment, and they have staff who prepare you with the knowledge you need to not only get the job but be successful in your career. The education and advice I received at Seneca ensured that I was ready for all aspects of the hiring process and allowed me to excel in recruit class and beyond.

Andrew Boyce, Firefighter – Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services and Seneca Graduate

I took the Seneca program because it has a reputation for producing solid recruit firefighters. As a student, I received focused training from instructors who were all professional firefighters, with real experience. Seneca prepared me well for the wide variety of tasks that we perform: medical response, hazmat, fire suppression, prevention and public education. The program was absolutely key to my success.

Benedict Lopes, Firefighter – Barrie Fire and Emergency Services and Seneca Graduate


Tenille, a graduate of Seneca’s Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training program, talks about learning at Seneca, her professors being hired by the Town of Markham as a firefighter. Video

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