Fire & Safety

NorQuest College offers a wide range of fire and safety programming. From entry-level courses for those looking to start a career in firefighting, to advanced courses for firefighting professionals moving forward in their careers, we have the training you need.

All training is held to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that are eligible for internationally recognized certification through the Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC).

Most courses involve a theory and a practical skills training component followed by a written exam and a practical skills evaluation.

  • The theory can be completed using online, or classroom formats. To aid in students success taking the online format, a qualified firefighter instructor will be assigned and available for each step of the way. Online course cohorts start the first Monday of each month.
  • The practical skills training component is conducted at approved OFC training sites. Arrangements can be made to use any of the other OFC training sites throughout Alberta.
  • The written exam and practical skills evaluation is required by the accrediting agency for the student to be eligible to apply for certification. The exam requires a pass rate of 70%. The practical skills evaluation requires a pass rate of 100% on those skills tested. The practical skills evaluation will take place at a number of regional fire services departments, at NorQuest College’s many regional campuses, or at partnering post-secondary colleges throughout Alberta.

Successful completion of courses make students eligible to apply for certification.

Contact us for more information:

Phone:
780.644.6480

Email:
firefighter@norquest.ca

First Medical ResponderPart-time
NorQuest College and Breath for Life (First Aid Education) Inc. are collaborating to offer the First Medical Responder (FMR) course. Included in the course is Advanced First Aid, which is based on the Canadian Red Cross curriculum and approved by Workplace Health and Safety. This FMR course focuses on the theory and practical skills needed to respond to medical emergencies in the field and exceeds the Alberta Health Services Program designated protocols for Medical First Responders. It also includes Alberta Health Services "enhanced skills" for First Medical Responders. In most cases, FMR is the minimum requirement for a number of services, including fire departments, police, medical responders, and industrial companies.
NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level I – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8001 – NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level I – Theory.
NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level I – Theory
This entry-level firefighting course provides students with the knowledge and skills to function as an integral member of a firefighting team under direct supervision in hazardous conditions. Students will learn the organization of the fire department; the role of the Fire Fighter I in the organization; the mission of the fire service; the fire department’s standard operating procedures and rules and regulations as they apply to the Fire Fighter I; the value of fire and life safety initiatives in support of the fire department mission and to reduce firefighter line-of-duty injuries and fatalities; the role of other agencies as they relate to the fire department; aspects of the fire department’s member assistance program; the importance of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle to the performance of the duties of a firefighter; and the critical aspects of NFPA 1500 – Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program.
NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level II – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8003 – NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level II – Theory.
NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level II – Theory
In this course, students acquire the skills and knowledge to function under general supervision and to perform firefighting functions at an advanced level. Students learn the responsibilities for assuming and transferring command within an incident management system; how to perform assigned duties in conformance with applicable NFPA and other safety regulations and AHJ procedures; and the role of Fire Fighter II within the organization.
NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Training Program
NorQuest College’s 14-week Firefighter Training Program includes everything required to begin a career as a firefighter. The program includes NFPA 472 Awareness, NFPA 472 Operations, NFPA 1001 Firefighter I, and NFPA 1001 Firefighter II. Starting with the theory component, students can complete 10 weeks in the classroom or have up to six months to complete the course online. The practical skills training is completed in four weeks at one of the Office of the Fire Commissioner approved training sites. At the end of each course, students complete a written exam and perform a practical skills evaluation as required for international certification. Students who successfully complee the Firefighter Training Program courses are eligible to apply for the internationally recognized National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualification (Pro Board) and International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certificates.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level III – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8024 – NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level III – Theory.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level III – Theory
This course is designed to prepare a Fire Officer III for the duties and responsibilities of establishing procedures for hiring, assigning, promoting, and encouraging professional development of members; developing programs that improve and expand service and build partnerships with the public; preparing a divisional or departmental budget, developing a budget management system, soliciting bids, planning for resource allocation, and working with information management systems; evaluating inspection programs to determine effectiveness and developing public safety plans; managing multi-agency planning, deployment, and operations; and developing, managing, and evaluating a departmental safety program.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level IV – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8026 – NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level IV – Theory.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level IV – Theory
This course is designed to support an individual at the Fire Officer IV level to meet executive management needs. The course emphasizes the senior management duties of fire protection services and includes human resources management, multi-agency emergency service delivery with horizontal/vertical communication requirements and risk management. Interactive exercises are included to reinforce classroom lectures.
NFPA 1031 – Fire Inspector Level I – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8028 – NFPA 1031 – Fire Inspector Level I – Theory.
NFPA 1031 – Fire Inspector Level I – Theory
Designed for both uniformed and civilian inspectors. Learn the principles and techniques of fire prevention, life-safety inspection, and code compliance. Topics covered include administrative functions, building construction, decorative materials and furnishings, inspection procedures, code enforcement, plans review, and fire alarm and communications.
NFPA 472 – Hazardous Materials Awareness Level
This  course is designed for personnel and first responder personnel (fire, police, EMS, and industry) who may be faced with situations involving hazardous materials and incidents or emergencies with weapons of mass destruction. This course stresses how personnel can protect themselves, initiate proper responses, and secure the area.
NFPA 472 – Hazardous Materials Operations Level – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8006 – NFPA 472 – Hazardous Materials Operations – Theory.
NFPA 472 – Hazardous Materials Operations Level – Theory
Students completing this course will be able to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction incidents with the goal of protecting nearby persons, the environment, or property from the effect of the release. Students will learn how to use their personal protective equipment at hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction incidents and implement product control measures.