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Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training

Available at: Brockville


Following the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter I & II and NFPA 1072 standard, this program blends theory, lab practice, and field experience. Students will be expected to perform fire related duties at a considerable height or in very confined spaces in preparation for entry into the firefighting profession. Prepare yourself for an exciting career as a professional firefighter, or in related employment.

This program is not open to International students.


Everything we do we believe in challenging the status quo and we believe in thinking differently.

The way we challenge the status quo is by being innovative with our delivery, smaller class sizes, great instructor to student ratio and by our close partnership with our area Fire Services.

For more than 15 years the Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training Program at St. Lawrence College has successfully provided students with the knowledge and skills required to become firefighters. Students develop a sound knowledge of fire dynamics, fire suppression, fire prevention, auto extrication, ice/water rescue, emergency patient care, simulated and controlled live fire training scenarios and community service. Students also receive assistance with their resumé, career planning and attend a mock interview session in preparation for the job application process. A St. Lawrence College graduate will be career-ready and prepared to enter the fire service industry.

In 2019, we added some exciting new courses to our program.  FIRE 1035 follows the NFPA 1035 standard for Fire and Life Safety Educator Level 1.  This course builds on the Community Rick Reduction section of NFPA 1001 and gives the student more in-depth knowledge and skills required in relation to Fire Prevention and Education.  FIRE 800 Emergency Medical Responder now follows the Canadian Red Cross EMR program and the participates will be engaged in dynamic training techniques including video, media presentations, skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions and scenarios based on real-life situations.  At the end of the course, the participate will be able to take the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder certification hosted at the college.

Also available in the program is FIRE 900 Wildfire Management and Response is the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) SP 103 course. This course is designed to provide the municipal firefighter with the knowledge, skills and basic understanding of wildfire management operations across Canada and is facilitated by an instructor with over 35 years of MNR wildfire experience. FIRE 1000 Technical Rescuer Introduction is NFPA 1006 Chapter 5 rope core competencies. Chapter 5 is the prerequisite for any further technical rescue course in Ontario.

The program is run in conjunction with the Brockville Fire Department, our local fire department partner. Our students learn and work hand-in-hand with the men and women of the Brockville Fire Department at their stations. We have a strong partnership with the Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire and Emergency Services, working and training in their stations with their equipment and the students have a 24-hour boot camp experience in an Elizabethtown-Kitley station.

Upon successful completion of the fire specific components, the graduate will be eligible to undergo provincial testing to meet the requirements of the Office of the Fire Marshal & Emergency Management. Upon successful completion of all provincial testing the student will achieve NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II certification and NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials, NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator Level 1 and NFPA 1006 Chapter 5.

Career Opportunities

• Industrial Fire and Safety
• Professional Firefighting
• Municipal Fire Department
• Fire Inspection
• Volunteer Firefighting
• Ministry of Natural Resources
• Fire Prevention and Public Education
• Canadian Military
• Airport authority as an airport firefighter


The program requires that all prospective students attend a mandatory orientation session, which reviews admissions requirements, program design, courses related to job performance, common requirements for fire department selection, and job performance requirements. At the mandatory orientation session, students will be required to participate in a series of tests designed to measure/illustrate their academic, mental and physical ability. Testing is not used for screening purposes for the school year, but will demonstrate to students the strict requirements and expectations of a firefighter’s duties.

Program Name

Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year continuous (3 semesters)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Textbooks, supplies, transportation, and parking, as well as costs associated with fitness and endurance testing.
Fire 800 Emergency Patient Care - any retest of a failed practical evaluation will be at the student’s expense. A retest of a practical evaluation will take place in January of the New Year. The cost is $600.00. If more than one student is retesting, the cost will be shared.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
FIRE 100 Fire Service Theory and Skills Development 1
FIRE 300 Hazardous Materials Awareness
FIRE 500 Firefighter Communications
FIRE 600 Fire Prevention & Fire and Life Safety Initiatives
FIRE 700 Firefighter Fitness Training 1
FIRE 800 Firefighter Emergency Medical Responder
MATH 300 Math for Pre-Service Firefighters

Semester 2
FIRE 200 Fire Service Theory and Skills Development 2
FIRE 301 Hazardous Materials Operations
FIRE 900 Wildfire Management and Response
FIRE 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator Level 1
FIRE 701 Firefighter Fitness Training 2
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
FIRE 400 Firefighter Skills Development
FIRE 1000 Technical Rescuer Introduction

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

    • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
    • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

    If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details

    Please see Additional Information at bottom of page.


    Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (Level C)/AED and Standard First Aid with BLS (Basic Life Support CPR) are required before starting the program.

    Health Requirements

    Physical Activity Readiness (PAR-Q Plus) and recommended Flu vaccination. Accepted candidates must meet the health requirements of field placement settings.


    for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


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    Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.


    The St Lawrence Pre-Service Firefighting Program was a good combination of both mental and physical attributes. It allows you to think outside the box and problem solve while pushing your physical abilities to the highest level. With great instructors, you will gain great knowledge and hands-on fire skills that will help you secure a full-time firefighting job. While in the program it was impossible to knock the smile off my face, whether I was repelling down the side of a building, spraying hose lines, practicing firefighting survival methods or doing live fire scenarios. 

    Danielle Murphy

    Program Contact

    Captain Mark Weldon

    Admissions Information

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Program Requirements

    • In view of strenuous physical demands of the firefighter, it is strongly recommended that applicants acquire and maintain an advanced level of physical fitness including cardiovascular and upper body strength, prior to the start of the program.
    • Applicants are required to submit the following in accordance with pre-admission information which will be provided by the College:
      • Standard First Aid and CPR level C/AED;
      • Minimum 20/30 uncorrected vision in both eyes with no significant colour deficiency is a normal fire department requirement but will not prevent admission into this program.
      • A current, satisfactory Police Check for Vulnerable Sectors;
      • Physical Fitness Readiness (PAR-Q Plus);
      • Completed St. Lawrence College Immunization Records, which are to be maintained throughout the program and yearly Flu Shot.
    • Students are strongly advised to have visual acuity, colour vision and hearing assessed, and to ensure they are free of acrophobia and claustrophobia. A deficit in any of these areas may prevent securing employment in the fire service.
    • Students are required to adhere to the code of conduct as found in the Pre-Service Firefighter Program Handbook that includes professionalism, integrity, reliability, punctuality, maturity and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Students are advised that all competencies specified for this program must be met, therefore, attendance in class, lab and field placement experience is essential.
    • Attendance for theory and practical sessions is mandatory. The classroom and practical settings closely resemble conditions in a Fire Department. Students are expected to follow program standards regarding behavioural conduct.

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