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Summary: This article is about the firefighter program at Centennial
College, officially known as Pre-Service Firefighter Education and
Training, which allows students to obtain the education required by
some fire departments in order to apply for a position.

Centennial College’s firefighter courses within its Pre-Service
Firefighter Education and Training are a great way to ensure that you
have the knowledge and requirements to confidently apply for a
position with your local fire department. That’s because this type of
undertaking is increasingly becoming minimum criterion for fire service
hiring. The best part is that the firefighter program takes just three
semesters to complete and results in an Ontario College Certificate.

Applicants to the firefighter program are required to have completed at
minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
or be 19 years of age or older. Also required are compulsory English
Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent; math Grade 11 or 12, C or U, or
equivalent; and one Science Grade 11 or 12 (Physics, Chemistry,
Biology or Exercise Science) C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade
required). Additionally, there is a host of non-academic requirements,
among which are: filling out a self-identifying questionnaire,
demonstrating the ability to wear a breathing apparatus, producing a
medical certificate indicating the ability to perform the duties of a
firefighter. Lastly, in order to obtain a career as a firefighter, many
municipal fire services may also require further qualifications,
including: 20/30 vision in each eye without corrective lenses,
satisfactory completion of a colour vision assessment, normal and
unaided hearing, no conviction for a criminal offense for which a
pardon has not been granted, and possession of a Class DZ driver

Once accepted, students attend firefighter courses that are in
accordance with the approved curriculum developed by the Ontario
Association of the Fire Chiefs (OAFC) and the Ontario Office of the Fire
Marshal (OFM). Among these courses are: Introduction to Fire Service,
Fire Ground Operations, Emergency Patient Care, Fire Equipment, Fire
Suppression, Fitness and more. Through the firefighter courses,
students also benefit from simulation training under the guidance of
qualified instructors, while enjoying ample time in smaller group-
teaching scenarios. To round out training, firefighter program students
attend a Firefighter Pre-Graduate experience that provides them with
an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in the
previous two semesters and to apply them during intensive practice of
basic fire fighting skills in a simulated environment, including live fire.
Students also gain better insight into the role of the fire fighter, the
operations of the fire service and other related emergency services.

Upon completion of the firefighter program, students have the
know-how to take the Ontario Fire Marshal Provincial Testing. As
such, they are able to: demonstrate the culminating role performance
in fire suppression, community education and fire prevention,
firefighter emergency patient care, environmental protection and
special rescue operations; meet the ethical, legal and safety
requirements of professionals in the fire service industry; use safe
practices and techniques with fire department apparatus, tools and
equipment; communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, written
or electronic methods including recognized and appropriate fire service
terminology; work effectively with other members of the fire service
team, pre-hospital emergency care providers and other emergency
service-related groups to provide comprehensive service in emergency
and non-emergency situations; and more.

Author Details: Emma is the author of this piece about the
firefighter courses within Centennial College’s Pre-Service
Firefighter Education and Training that include: Fire Ground
Operations, Fire Suppression and Fitness among others.

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