Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology's 1-year, 3-semester Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training certificate is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and training to pursue a career or career advancement in Firefighting. The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and the Office of the Fire Marshal, through the Endorsement Review Board, though not its method of delivery, endorse the ProgramĘs curriculum. The Program provides candidates 'with knowledge and skills in basic fire science, fire suppression principles and practices, firefighter emergency patient care, fire prevention/public education, and specialty modules such as confined space and environmental hazards,' as well as 'skills practice and testing in simulated and controlled live fire training scenarios.'
Qualifying students will have the opportunity to apply, practice, and enhance what they learn in the classroom to real-world situations via a work experience placement during the third semester. Students will 'work under the direction of a "preceptor,"' for the duration of the practicum. The Placement, most of which will 'take place in the fire department supplemented with appropriate community experiences,' allows the student to 'perform appropriate firefighter tasks/duties, which contribute to the learnerĘs educational program outcomes in the areas of fire suppression and rescue operations, emergency patient care, environmental protection, education and fire prevention in the community.' Before being eligible for a placement, students must pass 'a physical fitness test.' Upon graduation, 'the graduate will undergo provincial testing and skill-based scenario testing to meet the requirements for certification by the Office of the Fire Marshal.' Graduates may also 'continue with advanced fire and emergency response training' via the 'College's Fire Science Technology program.'<.p>
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 to the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program, applicants must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent, including 'Grade 12 English C or U, Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry C or U, Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology C or U, and Grade 12 College and Apprenticeship Math C minimum requirement.' Mathematics course requirements may include 'Grade 12 Math for College Technology (C), Grade 12 Geometry and Discrete Functions (U), Grade 12 Advanced Functions and Introduction to Calculus (U),' and 'Grade 12 Math for Data Management (U).' Applicants lacking any of the aforementioned credentials may still qualify if they have either a Pre-Technology, Ontario College Certificate, ACE Certificate, including Mathematics (Technical or Apprenticeship), Chemistry, Biology, and English, or a GED with Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C) or (U), Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C) or (U), and Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U).