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Fire Science Technology - Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Fire Science Technology - Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology

Combining theoretical and practical education, Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology's Fire Science Technology program is designed specifically for 'graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training (PFET) program' to provide them 'with the necessary job skills to perform entry-level duties in a variety of fire protection fields.' Students must be graduates of the PFET to be eligible for Fire Science Technology program. The latter will be delivered at the College's Fire and Emergency Response Training Centre, about 9 kilometres 'from the main campus,' where students will 'develop and maintain skills in Fire Suppression, Fire Protection and Hazardous Materials Response.' Students will also be able to apply what they learn at the Centre to real-world situations via 2 four-month co-operative work placements at relevant sites.

Graduates of the Program can pursue employment and/or further training and education in Firefighting or related fields, particularly in the area of fire suppression and prevention. For example, graduates can find positions in 'industrial manufacturing in the areas of fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency equipment sales, fire protection system maintenance and insurance company loss prevention specialists.'

Graduates can also advance their education at various institutes, colleges, and universities across Canada, often with advanced credit. For example, graduates can take advantage of one of the College's 5 existing transfer agreements. Through the latter, graduates can pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science at Siena Heights University (Adrian, MI , USA), Bachelor of Business Administration, Accelerated at Baker College (Port Huron, MI, USA), Bachelor of Science at the University of Windsor, Bachelor of Science Post Diploma at Athabasca University, or Bachelor of Technology at Cape Breton University.

To be eligible for admission to the Fire Science Technology program, applicants must have successfully completed the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program. Physically, applicants usually need to 'be able to lift a bulk mass of 18kg (40 lbs), and have the ability to dismantle and assemble large pieces of equipment,' 'climb vertical ladders and walk on platforms with open gratings,' and 'a satisfactory level of both fine and gross motor control.' Students should note that they 'will not be allowed to wear contact lenses or glasses when wearing breathing apparatus' and 'male students must be clean-shaven to ensure a good seal with the mask.'

Moreover, although not a pre-requisite for admission to the Program, 'students interested in pursuing a career in the municipal fire service should be aware that' they must have a visual rating of at least '20/30 in each eye, without the use of corrective lenses,' the ability to distinguish colours, which may be determined by 'a colour vision assessment,' and communicate effectively in both written and verbal English, and 'a medical certificate,' issued 'by the Ontario Fire Marshal,' which indicates the 'ability to perform the duties of a firefighter.'


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