What it takes to become a firefighter

To be a firefighter in the Province of Ontario, it is recommended that the candidate complete the Pre-Service Firefighter Program. In Ontario, the only entity with the authority to test for and to provide students with the required certification is the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

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What to expect from a career

Becoming a firefighter isn’t easy – it requires excellent physical conditioning, the ability to stay calm under pressure and advanced problem-solving skills that allow you to act on your feet. Along with firefighters, professionals who design and test fire systems are vital in ensuring the highest level of fire protection and safety. With the knowledge and hands-on experience you’ll get from fire systems and firefighting programs at Ontario colleges, you’ll find yourself prepared for a career in this demanding yet rewarding field.


Consider volunteer firefighting

According to the NFPA(1), approximately 83% of firefighters in Canada are volunteer. Becoming a volunteer firefighter is one of the most rewarding and selfless decisions you can make. Volunteer firefighters prevent and put out fires and administer first aid within their communities. Today, volunteers make up 83% of all active firefighters, making it a great first step on the ladder to becoming a paid firefighter. Keep reading to learn what it takes to fill this vital role and find out how you can get started making a difference today.

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