Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology's 1-year, 3-semester Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and training to enter 'into a fire service career.' Based upon 'the revised Ontario Firefighter Standards and the Ontario Fire Marshal Firefighter Curriculum,' the Program will provide participants with 'practical skills and testing in both simulated and controlled live fire training scenarios.' During the final semester, students will have the opportunity to apply, practice, and enhance what they have learned at the College via 2 work experience placements in relevant fire department environments. Students in these placements 'will work under the direction and guidance of an assigned preceptor; moreover, during these practicums candidates 'will perform appropriate fire fighter tasks/duties, all of which will allow' them 'to meet the learning outcomes in the areas of fire suppression and rescue, emergency patient care, fire prevention, and public education and training.'
Career-wise, graduates will have acquired the qualifications that will allow them to be candidates for various professional, full time or part-time employment or volunteer positions in Firefighting in Ontario and throughout Canada. Firefighters may work in a wide range of environments like airports, forests and parks, hazardous materials units, fire departments, hospitals, nuclear plants, and other industrial, rural, urban, and suburban areas. The environment in which firefighters work will often determine the exact duties they will perform, and some firefighters may develop specialization in an area of Firefighting. For example, those working in forest land tend to focus on fire prevention by, among other ways, surveying the land for fire hazards and fires and quickly organizing responses to the latter when they do occur to limit their spread and damage.
Through further training, firefighters may become fire investigators who attempt to reconstruct the origin and cause(s) of a fire. Investigators will usually collect evidence and witness accounts which they then use to produce reports about said fire; in cases where the law may become involved, investigators may be called to testify in court.
Firefighting can be a strenuous and physically and mentally demanding career. Firefighters tend to work long and varied hours, and may be called upon to respond to emergencies at anytime during a 24-hour period, including on holidays. Moreover, Firefighting is a dangerous profession with risks for death and/or injuries and/or health problems from things like flames, falling objects, hazardous materials, and imploding structures. When firefighters are not combating fires or attending to other emergency situations directly, they are often at fire stations waiting to be called to duty or performing drills, among other things, or they may be actively engaged in promoting fire prevention.
To be eligible for admission into the Program, applicants must either possess an OSSD, OS:IS, or equivalent, or apply under mature student status. Applicants who are high school 'graduates of the new' Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) curriculum must possess an OSSD including 'any grade 12 English (C), (U) or (M),any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U) or (M), any grade 11 or 12 chemistry (C) or (U), and any grade 11 or 12 biology (C) or (U).' Applicants who are 'graduates of the old' Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OS:IS) curriculum must possess an OS:IS Diploma with credits in '2 senior level English (general or advanced), 2 senior level mathematics (general or advanced), any senior level chemistry (general or advanced), and any senior level biology (general or advanced).' Further, all applicants must have current, valid certification in Level "C" CPR and First Aid, and 'attend a mandatory information session at Cambrian College prior to being offered final acceptance into the program.' The Session will include 'mandatory participation in Firefighting and fitness exercises, which will be at a reasonable additional cost to the student.'