What Firefighter Training Courses should I take?

It's no secret that becoming a firefighter requires many different firefighter courses, classes and training. While there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to what firefighter courses you should take, in this article, I will break them down into simple to understand categories.

Please note - in this article, we will be concentrating on what firefighter training courses you can take. If you'd like to see a full list of requirements, please take a look at our "How to become a firefighter" article, found here.

Another important thing to mention when acquiring firefighter certifications and training is to pace yourself. It's more beneficial to stretch your training over time than to take everything at once and then stop taking courses.

This is a long and descriptive article, for your convenience - feel free to use the quick navigation to get to the section that matters to you.

Schooling for Firefighters - Minimum Requirements

Before we can get to selecting firefighter programs that will make us stand out, we must first meet the minimum requirements. We have found these requirements to be the most common courses and training required from municipal fire departments. Let's break them down one by one:

NFPA 1001 - Firefighter Levels I & II Program

This is usually your first step if you are interested in becoming a firefighter. NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualification and the NFPA 472 (or NFPA 1072) Standard for competence of responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction – Operations Level are almost always a minimum requirements for applying to any fire department.

What is NFPA 1001?

NFPA 1001 is a standard published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that provides guidelines for the training and certification of firefighters. The standard covers various aspects of firefighting, including fire behaviour, fire protection systems, emergency medical operations, and hazardous materials response. Its purpose is to ensure that firefighters have the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and effectively perform their duties.

Can NFPA 1001 be completed online?

I have good news and bad news. Some firefighter schools will allow you to complete the theoretical portion of the program online, but you will still be required to visit their campus for the practical skill testing portion of the program.

How long is the NFPA 1001 program?

The length of the NFPA 1001 program varies based on the fire school you choose. It can range from 5 months to a little over a year.

Can I get my NFPA 1001 for free?

The short answer is yes! There is a catch, you need to be fortunate enough to live close to a volunteer, part time or paid-on-call fire department. If you can get into one of these departments, you can get trained for free or very little cost.

Are there some minimum requirements before I can apply for this program?

This will again depends on the fire school you choose, but typically you can expect:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Completed your post secondary education

Will my NFPA 1001 certification expire?

This certification (and most IFSAC and Pro Board certification) will not expire.

What skills are gained from your NFPA 1001 certification?


Skills gained from NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level 1 & 2 include:

  • Knowledge of firefighting techniques, tactics, and procedures
  • Understanding of fire safety regulations and codes
  • Ability to use and maintain firefighting equipment
  • Ability to work with a team and provide leadership in emergency situations
  • Understanding of hazardous materials and their containment and disposal
  • Skill in operating and maneuvering fire apparatus and equipment
  • Ability to assess and control hazardous situations
  • Understanding of fire prevention and public education techniques

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NFPA 1072 - Hazmat Awareness and Operations Course

NFPA 1072 is another important minimum requirement. 

What is NFPA 1072?

NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications, is a standard published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that outlines the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) for emergency response personnel who are called upon to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction. The standard is divided into three levels: Hazmat Awareness, Hazmat Operations and Hazmat Technician levels.

Please note - While it could be beneficial to reach the technical level, the minimum requirement is the Operations level.

NFPA 1072 Hazmat Awareness Level is the minimum level of qualification for emergency response personnel who may be called upon to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials. At this level, emergency response personnel are expected to have a basic understanding of hazardous materials, including how to recognize the presence of hazardous materials and the appropriate protective actions to take in the event of a release.

NFPA 1072 Hazmat Operations Level is a higher level of qualification for emergency response personnel who may be called upon to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials. At this level, emergency response personnel are expected to have a more advanced understanding of hazardous materials and be able to safely and effectively conduct operations to control, contain, and mitigate releases. This may include tasks such as decontamination, air monitoring, and the use of specialized personal protective equipment.

Firefighter Medical Training

Most departments require some level of medical certification. This can range from your basic first aid to a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) certification. 

Why is medical training important in the fire service?

Medical training is important in the fire service for a number of reasons:

  1. Firefighters often provide medical care in emergency situations before paramedics or other medical professionals arrive. This means that they may be the first people to assess and treat injuries or illnesses, and their actions can significantly impact the situation's outcome.
  2. Many fires and other emergencies involve hazardous materials, which can cause serious injuries or illnesses. Firefighters must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of these injuries and provide appropriate treatment.
  3. Firefighters may be exposed to a variety of infectious diseases and other health hazards while on the job. They need to be trained in how to protect themselves and others from these hazards.
  4. Firefighters are often called upon to provide basic first aid and other medical assistance to members of the community, including children and elderly people. Medical training helps them to do this effectively and compassionately.

Overall, medical training is an important part of a firefighter's role, as it enables them to provide life-saving care in emergency situations and to protect their own health and well-being.

What are some common firefighter medical training courses:

  • CPR/AED - Level C
  • Standard First Aid CPR/AED
  • Emergency First Aid CPR/AED
  • First Responder
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)

What transferable skills come from this training?

Specific skills that are transferable from medical experience to firefighting include:

  • Knowledge of basic first aid, CPR, and emergency medical services
  • Ability to assess injuries, illnesses, and other medical conditions
  • Ability to assess the environment and determine the best course of action
  • Ability to work with a team and provide leadership in emergency situations
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and documentation
  • Ability to remain calm and collected in high-stress situations
  • Ability to remain attentive and conscious of safety protocols and regulations
Providers

 Pulse Point Canada

Class D Drivers License with Z Air Brake Endorsement

The terminology changes from one Province to the next, but this is a requirement for many departments. If not required during the initial application, you will be required to acquire this shortly after being hired. Getting this certification as soon as possible is not a bad idea.


What's a DZ license, and why is a DZ license important to acquire?

A DZ license is a type of driver's license that allows the holder to operate vehicles in the "D" (commercial) and "Z" (air brake endorsement) categories. DZ licenses are often required for firefighters because many fire departments use large vehicles, such as fire trucks and ambulances, which fall into these categories.

Having a DZ license is important for firefighters because it enables them to operate these vehicles safely and legally. In order to obtain a DZ license, individuals must pass a written test and a road test, which demonstrate their knowledge of the rules of the road and their ability to safely operate the vehicle.

In addition to being a legal requirement, having a DZ license is also important for the safety of both the firefighters and the public. Firefighters may be called upon to respond to emergencies at any time, and they need to be able to operate their vehicles safely and efficiently in order to provide timely and effective assistance.

What transferable skills are gained from your DZ drivers license to firefighting?

Skills gained from a DZ driver’s license that are transferable to firefighting include:

  • Knowledge of motor vehicle laws, regulations, and safety protocols
  • Skill in operating and maneuvering large vehicles in a variety of conditions
  • Ability to read and interpret maps and road signs
  • Ability to assess and control hazardous situations
  • Ability to drive safely in high-stress and emergency situations
  • Knowledge of maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment


Pleasure Craft Operators Card

A Pleasure Craft Operators Card is not required by every department, but it's a very easy certification to acquire. If you don't have this certification, get it.

What is a Pleasure Craft Operators Card, and why is it important for firefighters?

A Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is a document that demonstrates that the holder has completed a boating safety course and is familiar with the rules and regulations for operating a pleasure craft (such as a motorboat or personal watercraft) in Canada.

It is important for firefighters to have a PCOC because they may be called upon to respond to emergencies on or near the water. For example, they may need to rescue people from a sinking boat or assist in evacuating a flooded area. In order to do this effectively and safely, firefighters need to be familiar with the proper procedures for operating a boat and navigating in water environments.

Having a PCOC also demonstrates to the public that firefighters have the knowledge and skills needed to operate a boat safely and responsibly. This can help to build trust and confidence in the fire department's ability to handle emergencies on the water.

What transferable skills are gained from obtaining a Pleasure Craft Operator card?

Skills gained from obtaining a Pleasure Craft Operator card that are transferable to firefighting include:

  • Knowledge of safety regulations and procedures for operating boats
  • Skill in maneuvering boats in a variety of conditions
  • Ability to read and interpret maps and navigational aids
  • Ability to assess and control hazardous situations
  • Knowledge of maintenance and repair of boats and related equipment
  • Ability to operate boats safely in high-stress and emergency situations
Providers

AceBoater

Schooling for Firefighters - Preferred Requirements

Here are some firefighter courses and training you can take to meet some of the preferred requirements. Again, these desired qualifications vary from one department to the other, so be sure to find out what the department is looking for. You can probably find historical requirements on your desired department here.

Technical / Specialized Rescue Training (NFPA 1006)

Technical rescue refers to the specialized procedures and techniques used by emergency response personnel to rescue people from hazardous or difficult-to-access environments. Technical rescue training courses are typically designed to teach firefighters the skills and knowledge needed to safely and effectively respond to a wide range of technical rescue incidents, including:

  • Rope rescue: This type of technical rescue involves the use of ropes, harnesses, and other specialized equipment to rescue people from heights, crevices, or other inaccessible locations.
  • Trench rescue: This type of technical rescue involves the rescue of people who have become trapped in trenches, such as utility workers or construction workers.
  • Confined space rescue: This type of technical rescue involves the rescue of people who have become trapped in confined spaces, such as tanks, silos, or underground vaults.
  • Water rescue: This type of technical rescue involves the rescue of people who have become stranded or trapped in bodies of water, such as rivers, lakes, or flooded areas.

There are many technical rescue courses available for firefighters, ranging from basic awareness-level courses to advanced technical rescue training programs. Some popular technical rescue training programs for firefighters include:

  • NFPA 1006 - Rope Rescue Awareness, Operations, Technician Levels
  • NFPA 1006 - Tower Rescue Awareness, Operations, Technician Levels
  • NFPA 1006 - Confined Space Rescue Awareness, Operations, Technician Levels
  • NFPA 1006 - Swift Water Rescue Awareness, Operations, Technician Levels
  • NFPA 1006 - Ice Water Rescue Awareness, Operations, Technician Levels
  • NFPA 1006 - Auto Extrication Awareness, Operations, Technician Levels

It is important for firefighters to receive appropriate technical rescue training in order to safely and effectively respond to technical rescue incidents.

How do I know what technical rescue training to take?

When you're ready to start taking firefighter technical rescue courses, you will have taken your NFPA 1001 Firefighter Levels 1 & 2. NFPA 1001 will expose you to the awareness levels of many of these technical rescue courses.

This should give you an idea of what technical rescue program you enjoyed and excelled at. Use this to choose what technical rescue you would like to progress in.

What transferable skills are gained from technical/specialized rescue training?

Skills gained from technical/specialized rescue training that are transferable to firefighting include:

  • Knowledge of safety protocols and procedures for technical/specialized rescue operations
  • Ability to assess hazardous situations and determine the best course of action
  • Skill in using and maintaining specialized tools and equipment
  • Ability to work with a team and provide leadership in emergency situations
  • Understanding of hazardous materials and their containment and disposal
  • Ability to remain calm and collected in high-stress situations
  • Ability to remain attentive and conscious of safety regulations and protocols
Providers

Access Rescue - Located in Burlington, ON with some Online Courses

Fire and Life Safety Educator Course (NFPA 1035)

NFPA 1035, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator, is a standard published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that specifies the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) for public fire and life safety educators. 

Public fire and life safety educators are responsible for educating the public about fire and life safety issues, including fire prevention, home safety, and emergency preparedness. They may work in a variety of settings, including schools, community centers, and other public venues.

The specific tasks and responsibilities associated with each level of NFPA 1035 may vary depending on the needs of the organization or jurisdiction in which the public fire and life safety educator works. In general, however, public fire and life safety educators at higher levels are expected to have a greater depth of knowledge and expertise, as well as the ability to develop and deliver more complex educational programs.

What transferable skills are gained from NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator training?

Skills gained from NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator training that are transferable to firefighting include:

  • Knowledge of fire safety codes and standards: Understanding fire safety codes and standards can provide firefighters with a deeper understanding of the regulations and guidelines they must follow while on the job.

  • Understanding of fire behavior and dynamics: The training covers information on fire behavior and dynamics, which can help firefighters make more informed decisions when responding to fires.

  • Familiarity with fire safety equipment and techniques: The training covers information on fire safety equipment and techniques, which can help firefighters understand how to properly use and maintain the equipment they use on the job.

  • Communication and presentation skills: Firefighters may need to communicate effectively with other firefighters, as well as with the public during an emergency, which is important for ensuring safety, and being able to present safety information to the public.

  • Leadership skills: Firefighters often work in teams and may be in leadership positions, such as a team leader or company officer, the leadership skills that are developed during the training can be transferable to the field of firefighting.


Driver Operator Course (NFPA 1002)

What is NFPA 1002 - Driver Operator?

NFPA 1002 Driver Operator is a standard developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that provides requirements for the certification of fire service personnel who operate fire apparatus. It outlines the minimum qualification requirements and training necessary for personnel to safely and effectively operate fire apparatus and equipment. The standard also provides guidance on the safe operation of fire apparatus and equipment in emergency response situations.

Why is NFPA 1002 important?

NFPA 1002 Driver Operator is important as it sets standards for the operation of fire apparatus and equipment to ensure the safety of fire service personnel and the public they serve. It also sets the minimum qualifications necessary for personnel to operate fire apparatus and equipment with confidence and proficiency. By following the standard's requirements, fire service personnel can ensure they are well-trained and qualified to operate fire apparatus and related equipment in a safe and effective manner.

 

Fire Inspector Course (NFPA 1031)

What is NFPA 1031 - Fire Inspector?

NFPA 1031, Fire Inspector Professional Qualifications, is a standard developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that provides minimum job performance requirements for fire inspectors. It outlines the qualifications, training, and certifications necessary to become a certified fire inspector. The standard also provides guidance on the inspection and testing of fire protection systems and equipment, as well as the enforcement of fire codes and regulations.

Why is NFPA 1031 an important certification?

NFPA 1031 is an important certification because it sets the minimum standards for fire inspectors (and aspiring firefighters) to ensure that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform their job in a safe and effective manner. This certification also ensures that fire inspectors have the necessary qualifications to ensure all fire protection systems and equipment are properly inspected and tested in accordance with applicable fire codes and regulations. This is critical for ensuring the safety of the public and property from the threat of fire.

What transferable skills are gained from NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector training?

Skills gained from NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector training that are transferable to firefighting include:

  • Knowledge of fire safety regulations and codes
  • Ability to assess hazardous situations and determine the best course of action
  • Understanding of fire prevention and public education techniques
  • Ability to work with a team and provide leadership in emergency situations
  • Skill in conducting fire inspections and providing feedback
  • Knowledge of safety protocols and procedures for emergency responses
  • Ability to remain attentive and conscious of safety regulations and protocols
 

Fire Service Instructor Course (NFPA 1041)

What is NFPA 1041 - Fire Service Instructor?

NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor is a standard developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that provides minimum job performance requirements for fire service instructors. It outlines the qualifications, training, and certifications necessary to become a certified fire instructor. The standard also provides guidance on the development, delivery, and evaluation of fire service training programs.

Why is NFPA 1041 an important certification?

NFPA 1041 is an important certification because it sets the minimum standards for fire service instructors to ensure that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach fire service personnel in a safe and effective manner. This certification also ensures that fire instructors have the necessary qualifications to ensure all fire service training programs are developed, delivered, and evaluated in accordance with applicable fire codes and regulations. This is critical for ensuring the safety of the public and property from the threat of fire.

What transferable skills are gained from NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor training?

  •  Knowledge of firefighting techniques and procedures: The training covers information on firefighting techniques and procedures, which can help firefighters understand how to properly perform their duties and stay safe while on the job.
  • Teaching and training skills: Firefighters may be called upon to train and teach others in their department or community, the training will help them to develop the skills necessary to effectively teach others the skills and knowledge they have gained.
  • Leadership skills: Firefighters often work in teams and may be in leadership positions, such as a team leader or company officer, the leadership skills that are developed during the training can be transferable to the field of firefighting.
  • Evaluation and assessment skills: The training covers information on how to evaluate and assess the performance of students, which can help firefighters evaluate and assess their own performance and the performance of their team.
  • Familiarity with fire safety equipment and techniques: The training covers information on fire safety equipment and techniques, which can help firefighters understand how to properly use and maintain the equipment they use on the job.
  • Communication and presentation skills: Firefighters may need to communicate effectively with other firefighters, as well as with the public during an emergency, and also with the building owners and manager, which is important for ensuring safety, and being able to present safety information to the public.

Schooling for Firefighters - Miscellaneous

Below you will find training courses that might also be helpful on your journey to becoming a firefighter. They are not your typical "firefighter courses" but are becoming increasingly more important to today's firefighter.

Firefighter Wellness Courses

What is a firefighter wellness course?

A firefighter wellness course is a type of training designed to ensure the physical and mental health and well-being of emergency responders. These courses address a wide range of topics related to firefighter wellness, such as stress management, nutrition, fitness, and mental health. Firefighter wellness courses may also include components on leadership, teamwork, and other aspects of emergency services. The goal of these courses is to help emergency responders stay healthy and fit so they can perform their duties safely and effectively.

Why would a course like this be important?

It is important because the job of a firefighter is physically and mentally demanding. Firefighters are expected to be in peak physical condition to handle the demands of their job. They must also have the mental and emotional strength to cope with the stress and trauma associated with their work. Having a comprehensive understanding of firefighter wellness can help prepare firefighters to stay healthy, safe, and effective in their roles.

Providers

Access Rescue - Located in Burlington, ON with some Online Courses

SCUBA Certification Program

What is a SCUBA Certification program?

A SCUBA certification program is a type of training designed to teach the principles of underwater diving and to certify divers as qualified to safely carry out underwater activities. The program covers topics such as dive planning, equipment use, underwater problem solving, and emergency management. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a SCUBA certification that is recognized worldwide. This certification is required for anyone who wishes to participate in recreational, commercial, or scientific underwater activities.


Why would a SCUBA Certification Program be a good certification for firefighters?

A SCUBA Certification Program is a good certification for firefighters because it provides them with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to work safely and effectively in underwater environments. This certification gives firefighters the ability to respond to and fight fires on or near bodies of water, and it also allows them to enter water to perform water rescue operations. By having this certification, firefighters can ensure that they are well-prepared for any situation that may involve an underwater component.

Culinary Program

Yes, I know what you're thinking (or maybe you're not...). Why would it beneficial to have culinary training in the fire service?

A culinary program is important for an aspiring firefighter because it can provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare nutritious and efficient meals. Firefighters are often away from home for extended periods of time, and having a culinary education can help them plan and prepare meals that will provide them with the energy and nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong. A culinary education can also help firefighters save time and money by learning how to make meals that are both healthy and cost-effective.

 

Chainsaw Training / Certification

What does chainsaw certification / training provide?

Chainsaw certification provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and competently use a chainsaw. This certification program covers topics such as chainsaw safety, maintenance, and repair, as well as the proper techniques for cutting and trimming trees. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a chainsaw certification that is recognized worldwide. This certification is important for anyone who wishes to use a chainsaw for recreational, commercial, or professional purposes.

Why would it be beneficial to have chainsaw training as an aspiring firefighter?

It can be beneficial to have chainsaw training as an aspiring firefighter because it provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and competently use a chainsaw. This certification can help firefighters respond to emergency situations involving trees, such as fallen trees blocking roads or fire lines, by quickly and safely removing them. This certification can also be valuable for firefighters who may need to use a chainsaw to clear debris after a fire.

 

Firefighter Leadership Training

What is firefighter leadership training?

Firefighter leadership training is a type of training designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for fire service personnel to lead and manage their teams in a professional and effective manner. This training typically covers topics such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution. Firefighter leadership training is important for ensuring that fire service personnel are prepared to lead their teams in a safe, efficient, and effective manner.

Why is firefighter leadership training an important certification?

Firefighter leadership training is important for an aspiring firefighter because it provides them with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead their teams in emergency situations. As a firefighter, it is important to be able to communicate effectively, work as a team, and make sound decisions quickly. Firefighter leadership training can help an aspiring firefighter develop these skills and ensure they are prepared to work with their teams in a safe and effective manner.

 

Conflict Resolution Training

What is conflict resolution training?

Conflict resolution training is a type of training program designed to teach participants the skills necessary to resolve conflicts both in and out of the workplace. This training typically covers topics such as communication, active listening, problem-solving, and negotiation. Conflict resolution training is important for ensuring that individuals have the necessary skills to identify and address conflicts in a constructive and effective manner.

Why is conflict resolution training an important certification?

It is important for firefighters to have conflict resolution training because they often work in stressful and chaotic environments. Conflict resolution skills can help them identify and address conflicts quickly and effectively, which can help them stay focused on the task at hand and ensure the safety of everyone involved. Conflict resolution training can also help firefighters develop the necessary skills to effectively manage their teams and work together in a safe and efficient manner.

 

Small Engine Repair Course

What is a small engine repair course?

As the name implies, a small engine repair course is a type of training designed to teach individuals the principles of small engine maintenance and repair. This course typically covers topics such as safety, engine operation, troubleshooting, and repair techniques. 

Why would this be important for a firefighter?

Small engine repair courses are important for firefighters because they often use small engines in their work. For example, they may use small engines to power pumps, generators, compressors, and other equipment. Having a small engine repair certification can help firefighters ensure that their equipment is operating safely and correctly, which is essential for successful and effective firefighting operations. It can also help them troubleshoot and repair any issues that may arise with their equipment.

 

Radio Operator Certification (ROC)

What is a radio operator certification (ROC)?

A radio operator certification (ROC) is a type of training designed to teach individuals the principles of radio operations and communications. This certification covers topics such as radio operation, safety, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Upon successful completion of the certification, students are awarded a certification that is recognized worldwide. This certification is important for anyone who wishes to use radios for recreational, commercial, or professional purposes.

Why would this be important for a firefighter?

Radio operator certification is important for firefighters because they often use radios to communicate with each other and with other emergency responders. Having a radio operator certification can help firefighters ensure that their radios are operating properly and safely, which is essential for successful and effective firefighting operations. It can also help them troubleshoot and repair any issues that may arise with their radios.

There are varies types of certification found for this type of training:

Basic Certifications: These certifications cover topics such as radio operations, safety, and troubleshooting.

Advanced Certifications: These certifications may include additional topics such as repeaters, antennas, and digital operations.

Specialized Certifications: These certifications may focus on specific types of radios, such as marine, aviation, or amateur radio.

Marine Radio Operator Certificates: These certifications are for those who operate marine radios on vessels and are required by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Aviation Radio Operator Certificates: These certifications are for those who operate radios on aircraft and are required by Transport Canada.

Amateur Radio Operator Certificates: These certifications are for those who operate radios for recreational purposes and are required by the Canadian Amateur Radio Service.

 

Occupational Health and Safety Training

What is occupational health and safety training?

Occupational health and safety training is a type of training designed to teach individuals the principles of workplace safety and health. This training typically covers topics such as accident prevention, hazard identification, and emergency response. Occupational health and safety training is important for ensuring that individuals have the necessary knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to workplace accidents and injuries.

Why is it important for firefighters?

It is important for firefighters to have occupational health and safety training because they often work in hazardous environments. Training in workplace safety and health can help them identify and address potential hazards in a timely manner, which is essential for ensuring their safety and the safety of those around them. It can also help them prepare for emergency situations and ensure that they are properly equipped to respond to them.

 

Language Training (Fluent in another language)

Why is it important for firefighter to learn a second language?

It is important for firefighters to learn a second language because it can help them communicate more effectively with the public. Firefighters often interact with people who may not speak their native language, and being able to communicate in another language can help them more easily and clearly explain directions, provide assistance, and offer advice. It can also help them communicate more effectively with other members of the fire service who may not speak the same language. Learning a second language can therefore help firefighters better serve the public and their colleagues.

 

Other Important Things to Consider

Acquiring new firefighter certifications, courses and training are no doubt critical to your success in finding employment as a firefighter, but it's also important to consider the following to help through the recruitment process.

OFAI Preparation

If you're applying for a Fire Department in Ontario, there is a good chance they will require either the Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) or Fire Ontario certification.

Listed below are providers that can help you with the hands-on skills, the medical and the fitness portion of these tests.

Providers

Access Rescue - OFAI Skills Portion

Pulse Point Canada - OFAI Medical Portion

FitbyFire - OFAI Overall Fitness

Firefighter Resume and Cover Letter Service

The firefighter resume is arguably one of the most important steps in becoming a firefighter. It highlights and describes a career worth of work, volunteer experience, education, and certifications.

You need to ensure that all that money you spent on your journey to becoming a firefighter is properly represented in your documents.

Another wrench in this situation is that many of today's fire departments have specialized software for screening candidates.

The scary part is that even if you have the certification or qualification they are looking for, you might not get picked up if you don't have the keyword(s) they input in their search criteria.

For this reason, I highly recommend that before you send in your first application, you have a professional look over and fix your documents.

They will ensure you have the right keywords and, therefore, not waste the money you spend applying to your chosen department.

FireRecruitment.ca does provide this service, and it can be found here: Firefighter Resume and Cover Letter Service

Firefighter Aptitude Test Preparation

Alright! The firefighter aptitude test. You sent in your resume and got invited to take part in their testing process, OR in Ontario, you want to pre-qualify with a service such as OFAI or FireOntario what do I need to know?

Well, here's a breakdown of the categories you might find during the recruitment process:

  • Reading Ability
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Map Reading
  • Writing Ability
  • Human Relations (interpersonal skills, teamwork, commitment, honesty, integrity, emotional stability)
  • Reasoning Skills (reasoning, vocabulary, mechanical aptitude, and spatial rotation)

To prepare for a test of this nature, I'd recommend an online practice test that you can practice at your own pace. If you're looking for something of this nature, I usually recommend this service: Practice Firefighter Aptitude Test

Make sure you're constantly scoring over 80% before challenging the firefighter aptitude test.

 

Firefighter Mock Interview Preparation

The Firefighter Mock Interview often gets overlooked when trying to become a firefighter. If you don't speak well or are uncomfortable speaking, you need to spend more time preparing.

There are many "techniques" that help you answer a question completely (see the S-T-A-R technique) , but if you're already unsure of what to say, these techniques will do you no good.

I recommend you make the investment in yourself and hire a tutor. They will help you prepare for situations that usually catch you off guard.

They might also catch some nervous ticks you're not aware of and walk you through the process - from the first handshake to the last handshake.

You can find more information on mock interviews and FireRecruitment's Mock Interview Service here.

**BONUS** - 20 Sample Firefighter Interview Questions

Firefighter Fitness Program

Why is a fitness program important for firefighters?

A fitness program is important for firefighters because it helps them maintain their physical fitness and health, which is essential for performing their duties safely and effectively. Firefighting is physically demanding work, and having a comprehensive fitness program can help firefighters stay strong and healthy so they can respond to emergencies with confidence and proficiency. A fitness program can also help firefighters avoid injuries and fatigue, which can be important in emergency situations.

Providers

FitbyFire - Service Provided Online
  • Steve
  • Updated January 25, 2023