Program Information

The Fire Science Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma is a 10-month program designed with theory and hands-on applications to provide the graduating technologist with the necessary job skills to perform advanced-level duties in a variety of fire suppression and specialty technical rescue fields.

The program is designed to accept graduates of any Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training program in Ontario as well as current fire service personnel (through a Prior Learning Assessment) as direct entrants into the Fire Science Technology program.

Graduates will gain specialized career expertise, technical knowledge and skills, with over 300 hours of practical experience that will enable them to start or further their careers in the fire suppression and emergency rescue field. Internationally recognized and respected NFPA skills obtained in this program will enhance graduate employability and the individual's long-term opportunities for advancement. No other college in Ontario offers this unique opportunity to further develop the Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training skills and position the graduate as a serious municipal firefighter candidate.

The Fire School Campus - located 14 kilometres from the main campus - is the largest live fuelled training centre in Canada and includes a hot tower, a search and rescue tower, a fleet of emergency response vehicles, modern gear and equipment, and an expansive industrial training ground, centred around the classroom building and a replicated Fire Hall. Students are responsible for arranging transportation to the Fire School campus and are encouraged to car pool.

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Admission Requirements

Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training (PFET) Certificate
- or -

Prior Learning Assessment:
NFPA 1001 Level I and Level II Pro-Board or equivalent
NFPA 1072 Awareness Pro-Board or equivalent
NFPA 1072 Operations Pro-Board or equivalent
Current York Physical Fitness or CPAT test or equivalent

- and -
O.S.S.D. or equivalent, with:
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U

Course List

LFR-4016: Fire Recruit IV

This course is designed to introduce the student to structural suppression techniques as applied to a recruit level competency. The student will demonstrate proficiency of the subject matter that he/she has learned previously through a Pre-Service Firefighter Training Program and/or NFPA 1001 certification or equivalency and will continue to build on these experiences with live fireground exercises involving fire suppression within an Incident Command/Management System (ICS/IMS). This module will also focus on Incident Safety Officer Awareness and Advanced Firefighting Techniques such as hose handling, forcible entry, high rise operations and Vent-Enter-Isolate-Search (VEIS). Students will continue refining Emergency Medical Responder training skills through practical training scenarios.

OER-2016: Haz Mat Technician

FLE-2013: Fire and Life Safety Educator

This course has three distinct subject areas. It is designed to further the student's understanding of NFPA 1035 (specific to Fire and Life Safety Educator 1); introduce the student to the requirements of NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications (specifically pump operations); and provide the student with a firm grasp of the requirements of NFPA 13E and NFPA 1710 (specifically as it relates to high-rise and standpipe supplied firefighting operations). Students will learn how to develop and deliver public education programs as part of the Fire and Life Safety Educator module, with a goal of ultimately obtaining NFPA Certification. Upon completion of the pump operations unit, students will be able to practically apply their knowledge and skills on the fireground by supplying water at appropriate volume and pressure to attack lines and standpipe systems.

FJS-2002: Fire Science Job Strategies

Fire Science Technology graduates are part of a highly competitive field of qualified candidates working to find employment in the fire service or fire-related fields. This course builds upon the learner's acquired knowledge and skills developed in the prerequisite course JSS-1001. Today's Fire Science graduate is expected to be able to successfully secure employment by presenting and promoting themselves professionally to prospective employers, through precise and effective written and verbal communication skills.

PED-3123: Fire Science Fitness III

The focus of this course is to help prepare students for the severe physical demands of Firefighting.

MTH-1404: Fire Science Math

This course provides a review of fundamental math concepts. These essential math skills are required for success in college programs requiring a solid foundation in mathematics. It is designed to meet the needs of individuals that have completed Grade 12 math but need a quick review in preparation for college level or skills training programs. Successful completion of the course is generally accepted as equivalent to a Grade 12 standing in mathematics. It does not, however, qualify the student for an Ontario Grade 12 math credit.

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students will respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students will strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students will practice thinking critically and will organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research- writing course.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

LFR-5016: Fire Recruit V

This advanced module is designed to teach students further skills required to successfully undertake basic and advanced fireground tasks in municipal and industrial fire service environments as outlined in NFPA 1081, chapters 5, 6 and 7. Subjects covered include Fireground Fundamentals and Fireground Survival as outlined by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF); and Equivalencies in Technical Rope Rescue techniques as outlined in NFPA 1006 (2013) Chapter 6 (Rope Rescue).

LFR-6016: Fire Recruit VI

This advanced level module is designed to teach students further skills required to conduct basic and advanced fireground tasks in municipal department environments. Subjects covered in this course include building construction, advanced level fireground operations including structural firefighting, search and rescue procedures, fire stream management, confined space rescue procedures as outlined in NFPA 1006 Chapter 7 and advanced vehicle extrication techniques equivalent to the NFPA 1006 Chapter 10 standard.

FAO-6013: Fire Apparatus Operations

This course is designed to introduce the student to the operation and mechanical workings of Fire Pumper Apparatus, Aerial Apparatus and Tender Apparatus consistent with NFPA 1002 (2017) Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7. Students will demonstrate skills for weekly checks specific to the type of apparatus being operated. Upon completion of this course students will have developed an understanding and demonstrate skills to obtain "Z" brake endorsement and a Class "D" Ontario license. Subjects covered in this course shall include theory and practical evaluations, and skills testing exercises leading to DZ licensing. Students will be driving Fire Apparatus to develop skills for proper emergency apparatus operations as outlined in NFPA 1002 (2017) Chapter 4.

CJS-6013: Fire Chemistry/Flow Path Management

This course provides the basic concepts of chemistry of combustion as a foundation in the field of fire science and the correlation between fire chemistry, building types and construction, external and internal forces and flow path management through active and passive instruction methods.

CJP-3023: Emergency Preparedness

This course focuses on the coordinated efforts that are required to respond quickly and effectively to a broad range of emergencies from pandemics, to natural wide ranging weather events, man-made and deliberately planned disasters or terrorist attacks. Students focus on case-studies and problem-based learning. Students will gain a practical perspective of the various emergency response agencies and their roles as well as detail the importance of interaction, interagency collaboration and effective communication of responders at the scene.

PED-4123: Fire Science Fitness IV

The course involves specialized assessment of health/performance fitness for potential firefighter recruits. The areas of emphasis will be: all components of fitness training, and lifestyle management for firefighters. In addition, students will practice job simulation/performance tests which simulate commonly encountered firefighting operations.

PHY-2404: Applied Physics

This course aims to give the learner essential physics principles, emphasizing fire science applications. The topics covered are those of classic physics including motion, mechanics, fluids, heat and electricity. A two hour laboratory, held every other week, runs concurrently with three hours per week of lecture.

COM-2023: Communications for Fire Science

This course will help polish communication skills needed to be successful in the field of fire services, including prevention, education, and suppression. This course focuses on written and oral communications for the workplace. Students will practice routine correspondence and will share research by organizing, documenting, and presenting. Students will read and will critically analyze current program-specific articles to develop their capacity for critical thinking and to keep professionally current.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

LFR-7013: Fire Recruit VII Emergency Medical Responder/NFPA 1035 Public Educator I Testing Testing

This course provides the student the opportunity to review the knowledge and practical skills required for and to participate in voluntary IFSAC / ProBoard testing as determined by the OFMEM Academic Standards and Evaluation unit and current Canadian Red Cross program standards.

FAO-7013: Fire Apparatus Operations DZ Testing

This course provides the student the opportunity to review the knowledge and practical skills required for and to participate in voluntary Driver testing for DZ licensing as determined by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.

OER-7013: Haz Mat Technician Testing

This course provides the student the opportunity to review the knowledge and practical skills required for and to participate in voluntary International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) / ProBoard testing as determined by the Office of the Fire Marshall (OFMEM) Academic Standards & Evaluations.

CPL-1049: Co-op Work Term (Optional)

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to:

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Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

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Employment Opportunities

Typical positions that our graduates find include: municipal fire departments in the fields of fire suppression and fire prevention; industrial manufacturing in the areas of fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency equipment sales, rescue response, fire protection system maintenance and insurance company loss prevention specialists.

In order to be eligible for consideration for employment in a municipal fire department within the Ontario fire service, you are required to:

  • Work on rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Speak, read and write English fluently and communicate clearly and precisely in high pressure situations
  • Have a Standard First Aid certificate and a valid CPR level BLS (Basic Life Support) 
  • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application and possess an O.S.S.D. Grade 12 or academic equivalency
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (citizen/landed immigrants) and free of any criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Have 20/30 vision in each eye without corrective lens, normal colour vision and normal unaided hearing

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