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  • Objectives
    This program, supported by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs/Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, prepares students for a career as a firefighter. This program provides applicants with a pre-service level preparation to compete for positions as Firefighter. The curriculum provides the requisite knowledge and skills for commencing a recruit program with a mix of vocational courses in fire fighting, generic skilled based courses for enhancing job performance as a Firefighter and the required courses in general education.
  • Practical experience
    The program provides the student with the opportunity of consolidating and applying theory through lab and field experience.
  • Academic Title
    Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    COMM1000     Basic Communication and Critical Thinking Skills

    Description: This course will cover college-level writing skills with an emphasis on sentence structure, standard English grammar, dictation, usage, and mechanics. The course will also deal with the writing process, including planning, drafting, and revising. Students will learn fundamental research and APA documentation skills through reading and synthesizing a variety of program-related material. In addition, through the application of essential-critical thinking skills, students will be able to identify erroneous arguments and faulty reasoning and eliminate these flaws from their own written work.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMP1065     Computer Software Applications
    Description: This course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding as well as hands-on practical experience using specific computer software applications used in the workforce. Emphasis will be placed on using Microsoft Office 2007 software as indicated below:
    a) Microsoft Word and Publisher to create a variety of print materials, special forms and reports,
    b) Microsoft PowerPoint to become knowledgeable in designing and making effective electronic presentations
    c) Microsoft Excel to create personal and work related budget models.
    d) an internet browser for researching materials and employment opportunities effectively.
    Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of general electronic policy, procedures and protocols necessary in using an employer's email and web site tools.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    FIRE1020     Firefighter Fitness Training
    Description: This course focuses on the practical application of Fitness tests utilized in Ontario for the testing of Firefighters including CPAT and York University Fire Fighters Fitness Assessment.
    Students are required to participate in group fitness training sessions in order to increase and/or maintain an overall level of fitness to prepare the student to meet the physical demands of Firefighters.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    FIRE1045     Fire Ground Operations I Practice
    Description: Admission: Students must be registered to the program from the Fall 2002 enrollment. This course will focus on the opportunity to apply concempts learned in Fire Ground Operations I Theory in a practical setting. The content covered includes the use of personal protective equipment, self contained breathing apparatus, water supply, hose streams and the use of fire department ropes and knots.
    Hours: 49
    Credits: 3

    FIRE1075     Introduction to the Fire Service and Fire Behaviour

    Description: This course combines the former courses Introduction to the Fire Service and Fire Behaviour and Chemistry of Combustion. It provides an overview of Ontario fire service, the professionalization process for firefighters in Ontario, fire and emergency services organizations, fire service hiring process and the roles and responsibilities of employees. Legislation and firefighter safety practices are emphasized while focusing on the knowledge, attitudes and skills required of a professional firefighter. This course also defines fire and its behaviour from ignition to extinguishment from both a physical and chemical standpoint. The ways that heat/fire spread, the stages and classes of fire, significant fire events and the methods used to control/extinguish fire are examined
    Hours: 33
    Credits: 2

    FIRE1085     Fire Ground Operations I Theory
    Description: Admission: Students must be registered to the program from the Fall 2002 enrollment. This course will focus on an overview of components and goals of fire ground operations. The content covered includes the use of personal protective gear, self contained breathing apparatus, fire streams, fire hose, ropes, tools and equipment.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    FIRE1095     Education And Fire Prevention In The Community I
    Description: This course will focus on the leadership and legislative roles of the firefighter as they pertain to performing public education, public relation activities, public fire and life safety activities. The legislation, regulations, standards and fire prevention resources agencies that impact the firefighter in the role of fire safety inspections and pre-incident plans are also presented.
    Hours: 31
    Credits: 2

    Level Two
    FIRE1015     Firefighter Emergency Patient Care

    Description: This course provides an overview of the Ontario emergency medical care system and the specific roles of members of the emergency response team. Content will cover common medical/trauma conditions, the related patient care and associated situational management. Emphasis will be on the specific role and responsibilities of the firefighter emergency patient care responder and the teamwork essential to the effectiveness of the EMS response. Included will be legislation, regulations, standards and established policies, procedures and protocols as well the role of other members of the emergency response team.
    Hours: 41
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1085, FIRE1045

    FIRE1055     Fire Ground Operations II Practice

    Description: This course will provide the opportunity to apply concepts learned in Fire Ground Operations Theory II in a practical setting. The content covered includes: the use of portable extinguishers, ventilation, search and rescue, extinguishment, forcable entry, salvage and overhaul. Fire scene managment and safety will be introduced with respect to the role of the firefighter.
    Hours: 49
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1075, FIRE1085, FIRE1045

    FIRE1105     Education And Fire Prevention In The Community II

    Description: This course provides an overview of fire prevention activities engaged in by the firefighters. Principles, practices and procedures involved in fire prevention inspection will be outlined. The purpose, development and use of pre-incident plans for fire suppression crews in determining initial response and Incident Management is also presented.
    Hours: 40
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1075, FIRE1085, FIRE1095, FIRE1045

    FIRE1115     Fire Ground Operations II Theory
    Description: This course is the continuation of Fire Ground Operations I Theory and will continue to focus on an overview of components and goals of fire ground operations. The use of personal protective gear, tools and equipment will be covered as well as ventilation, forcible entry, use of portable extinguishers, search and rescue, salvage, overhaul and extinguishment. Fire scene management will be emphasized with respect to the role of the firefighter.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1075, FIRE1085, FIRE1045

    FIRE1120     Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations I Theory

    Description: This course will provide the learner with an understanding of the key factors, conditions, hazards, risk assessment, roles and responsibilities of the firefighter and other responding agencies, safety precautions, awareness level rescue principals and practices and the impact upon the community and the health and safety of the firefighter. Situations involving general rescue, environmental hazards, electrical hazards, general vehicle extrication, non-entry confined space and land based water/ice rescue will be explored. Specifics include rescue terminology, tools equipment and available resources for the rescue.
    The learner will also complete the Office of the Fire Marshall on-line course entitled Revised Terrorism/Hazardous Materials Awareness Self Study Course for First Responders in Ontario.
    Hours: 40
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1075, FIRE1085, FIRE1045

    FIRE1130     Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations I Practical

    Description: This course is the skill practice and subsequent testing portion of the Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations Theory course. It covers, at the awareness level, such topics as hazardous materials auto extrication, confined space rescue and water and ice rescue.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1075, FIRE1085, FIRE1045

    PSYC1120     Psychology in Action: Social Influences in Everyday Life
    Description: Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence and relate to one another. Students will be introduced to theories and research concerning the ways in which we both influence and are influenced by, those around us. Topics include the relationship between attitudes and behaviour, prejudice, and conflict and peacemaking. Throughout the course, the methods used by social psychologists to study social thinking and social influence will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the application of social psychological principles to our understanding of everyday behaviour.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Three
    FIRE2070     Pre-Graduate Experience I
    Description: This module provides the learner with the opportunity to experience directed participation in the fire department environment. In addition, the learner will perform appropriate firefighter tasks / duties which contribute to the learner’s achievement of program outcomes in the areas of emergency patient care, fire prevention, public education and training. The majority of the practicum will take place in the fire department environment supplemented with appropriate community experiences.
    Hours: 44
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1015, FIRE1055, FIRE1105, FIRE1115, FIRE1120, FIRE1130

    FIRE2080     Pre-Graduate Experience II

    Description: The purpose of the Pre-Graduate Experience is to afford the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned and to apply them during intensive practice of basic firefighting skills in a simulated environment, including live fire. Students will also gain better insight into the role of the firefighter, the operation of the fire service and other related emergency services.

    The resource fire department/service or other agency, upon agreement with the College, will have an opportunity to participate in the learning of the Pre-Service student(s) which will assist the student to be better prepared for employment in fire departments.

    The community college will have the opportunity to ensure that its Pre-Service Program graduates are more attractive candidates for hire in fire departments and that there is not a gap between the knowledge and skill set of graduates of the program and the knowledge and skill set expectations of the fire department. Fire Departments, when hiring, will have greater confidence that the Pre-Service Graduate is appropriately prepared for employment
    Hours: 128
    Credits: 7
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1015, FIRE1020, FIRE1055, FIRE1105, FIRE1115, FIRE1120, FIRE1130

    FIRE2100     Consolidated Fire Ground Operations-Practice
    Description: This course will be a culmination of the knowledge attitudes and skills learned in the Fire Ground Theory and Practice courses. The focus will be on drawing all the attitudes, skills and knowledge into broad based scenarios that allow the student to demonstrate transference from learning the fire ground skills in a training environment to performance of those skills as part of a team.
    Hours: 63
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1055, FIRE1115, FIRE1015

    FIRE2110     Environmental Protection and Rescue Operations II Practical
    Description: This course provides the opportunity to apply the generic rescue principles and practices in training and subsequently, scenario based environments. Attitudes towards safety and teamwork are reinforced as the student applies the generic and specialized skills that are required in land based water/ice rescue, incidents involving environmental hazards, general rescue situations and incidents involving electrical hazards. General vehicle extrication skills are applied using special equipment and resources such as manual hydraulic and pneumatic tools. The size-up, assessment, victim communication and stabilization skills used in non-entry confined space rescue are applied.
    Hours: 34
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1120, FIRE1130, FIRE1055, FIRE1115, FIRE1015

    FIRE2120     Environmental Proctection and Rescue Operations II Theory

    Description: This course will provide the learner with an understanding of the key factors, conditions, hazards, risk assessment, roles and responsibilities of the firefighter and other responding agencies, safety precautions, awareness level rescue principals and practices and the impact upon the community and the health and safety of the firefighter. Situations involving general rescue, environmental hazards, electrical hazards, general vehicle extrication, non-entry confined space and land based water/ice rescue will be explored. Specifics include rescue terminology, tools equipment and available resources for the rescue.

    The learner will also complete the Office of the Fire Marshall on-line course entitled Revised Terrorism/Hazardous Materials Awareness Self Study Course for First Responders in Ontario.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: FIRE1120, FIRE1130, FIRE1055, FIRE1115, FIRE1015

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