Basic Firefighting

Start Date: September
Length: 22 weeks
Location: APA, Summerside & PEI Firefighter Training Centre, Milton
Credential: Holland College Certificate, Firefighter – Level I and II; IFSAC Certification Seals for Firefighter Level I and II, HAZMAT Awareness, HAZMAT Operations
  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level

  • Age 18 by program start date

  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license (students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of the license)

  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (download in PDF or MS Word) (required after acceptance)

  • Completion of Vision Examination Form

  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt

  • Physical fitness test set out by the program standard conducted at the Atlantic Police Academy prior to program start date.

  • Completion of Basic Firefighting Medical ExaminationPrior to visiting your physician please review this form and if there is any medical condition that you have, or suspect you may have, that is identified on the form as requiring a more detailed medical evaluation, please print the required form found here and take it with you on your visit to your doctor. If the doctor discovers a medical condition requiring further details, you will need to have them complete the appropriate detailed evaluation form.

  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Due to the strenuous training demands, the student must be in excellent physical condition as determined by a thorough medical exam and be able to participate in extremely strenuous physical activity in hostile environments without restrictions.

International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year
Tuition $ 10,795
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410
Books $ 665
Lab Fee $ 200
Uniform $ 1,775
Dry Cleaning $ 125
Graduation Fee $ 90
Accommodations/meals $ 4,868
Total $ 19,096
1stinstallment due first day of class $ 14,698
2ndinstallment due Nov. 18 $ 4,398

Additional requirements/expenses

1 pair black polishable shoes – Military or Police Style

2 long sleeve plain white dress shirts suitable to wear a black tie. (no button down collars)

1 pair of black dress pants

1 pair quality running shoes

3 pairs black socks

1 black tie – plain, single color/no patterns (clip on preferred)

Towels and personal toiletry articles varies

Graduates can work internationally as professional, full-time firefighters and industrial firefighters.

Program Overview

Firefighting is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.

In the Basic Firefighting program, you will learn the fundamental fire fighting skills needed to keep yourself, your colleagues, and the public safe in critical situations. Training at an off-campus site offers you firefighting experience in a controlled environment. In these training simulations you will learn about fire behaviour, motor vehicle extraction, medical first response, and communication.

Field training familiarizes students with equipment, including trucks, pumps, respirators, and hydraulic rescue tools such as Jaws of Life, to deal with fires, automotive accidents and public safety incidents.

You will participate in eight weeks of on the job training in a career or a composite (career and volunteer firefighters) department of your choosing, with certain restrictions.

Basic Firefighting students are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except when they are in on the job training.

The Basic Firefighting program was established in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA1001) for fire service professional qualifications. This program obtains its accreditation in accordance with the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) guidelines. The Basic Firefighting program is accredited by the Canadian Forces College Opportunities Program through the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). The program has an established partnership with the Prince EdwardIsland Firefighters Association.

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