Fire Science Technology


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 both graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training program and 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. Skills obtained in this program will enhance graduate employability and the individual's long-term opportunities for advancement.

The Fire School Campus - located nine 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 and an expansive industrial training ground. Students are responsible for arranging transportation to the centre and are encouraged to car pool.

Device Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

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Admission Requirements

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

Prior Learning Assessment:
NFPA 1001 & 2 Pro Board or equivalent
NFPA 1072 Awareness 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

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.

Each municipality in the province of Ontario is responsible for their own hiring criteria and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they are aware of the hiring criteria when submitting an application for employment. 

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

  • Ability 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 CPR level HCP (for Health Care Providers) dated not more than 12 months prior to the closing date of the application and maintained current within 12 months throughout the recruitment and selection process
  • 18 years of age or older at the time of application and possess O.S.S.D. Grade 12 or academic equivalency
  • Legally entitled to work for any employer 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

Educational Pathways

See where you could go within Ontario to complete a degree once you've completed this Lambton College program.

John Jay College

Upon completing Lambton College's Fire Science Technology diploma, graduates will be credited with 82 transferable credits towards John Jay’s Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program. To discuss which courses you would still need to complete through John Jay College as part of this agreement, contact

Fire Sciences
519-542-7751 ext 3809


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