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.

Fall 2021 Delivery Format

For the Fall 2021 term, this program will be fully in-person. Students in first year will be expected to attend core classes on campus between September 2021 and December 2021 - some general education classes may still be online.

If however, due to public health restrictions, this is not an option, this program will revert to partially remote and students will be expected to attend classes on campus sporadically throughout the week to complete hands-on curriculum in a safe and socially distanced environment.

For upper year students, information about delivery format is available on

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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 ProBoard or equivalent
NFPA 1072 Operations ProBoard 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

FSC-4006: Structural Firefighting Operations

FSC-4023: Aerial and High-Rise Operations

FSC-4033: Fire and Life Safety Educator

PED-3123: Fire Science Fitness III

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

MTH-4004: Fire Science Math

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

FSC-5023: Fire Apparatus Operations

FSC-5006: Special Emergency Operations

FSC-5026: Fire Rescue

FSC-5032: Fire Science Job Strategies

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.

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.

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 is designed to further develop students' communication proficiency, oral and written, which is required to be successful in the field of fire services, including the areas of prevention and education. Students will create workplace specific documents and research reports and will share their findings through oral presentations. Current fire services related issues will serve as the impetus for creating informed research reports and presentations.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

FSC-6003: Provincial Testing and Skills Evaluations - Emergency Medical Responder

FSC-6013: Fire Apparatus Operations - DZ Testing

FSC-6023: Aerial and High-Rise Operations II

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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Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

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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