Training & Recruitment

Training to become a firefighter is a difficult journey, but a highly rewarding one.

Recruit Training

Once candidates are selected they proceed to several weeks of recruit training. The recruit training schedule is comprised of a mixture of in classroom theory, home study and practical training. This training is consistent with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1001. Further studies in firefighting during the probationary training period and ending after the first 3 years will culminate with an Accredited NFPA 1001 Firefighter 2 certificate.

Skills Mastered

  • firefighter safety and survival
  • Fire Department procedures and organization
  • fire behaviour and sciences
  • uses of firefighting equipment
  • live fire training
  • wildland firefighting and structure protection

Probationary Training

After successful completion of recruit training, candidates proceed to the eight-month probationary training, which includes:

  • First Responders Level III Automatic External Defibrillator and Spinal Certification
  • auto extrication
  • hands-on experience while responding to fire emergency calls
  • hazardous materials
  • entry-level technical rescue
  • public education and fire prevention

Advanced Credential Training

The individual may choose to continue their fire training to become an accredited NFPA 1001 Firefighter. This training is voluntary and is offered in blocks over a two year period.

Firefighter Applicant Guide