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

NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level I – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8001 – NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level I – Theory.
NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level I – TheoryOnline
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 – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8003 – NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level II – Theory.
NFPA 1001 – Firefighter Level II – TheoryOnline
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 ProgramOnline
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 1006 – Rescue Awareness Level – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8010 – NFPA 1006 Rescue Awareness – Theory.
NFPA 1006 – Rescue Awareness Level – TheoryOnline
This course utilizes both classroom and hands-on training to provide rescue personnel with an understanding of the techniques, skills, and equipment needed for the safe and effective extrication of victims. Students develop specialized skills that focus on safe and effective mitigation of rescue environments, including site operations, victim management, personal protective equipment maintenance, and ropes and rigging.
NFPA 1006 – Rope Rescue Level I – TheoryOnline
In this demanding course, students will learn to use specialized equipment and procedures in various real-world scenarios involving technical rope rescue. This course is standard for any member of a technical rope rescue team or firefighters who would like to specialize in technical rope rescue. Through extensive hands-on exercises, students will learn to apply the skills, knowledge, and techniques required to use various rope systems to perform rope rescues. Level I topics include directing a team in the operation of a simple-rope mechanical advantage system in a high-angle raising operation; directing a lowering operation in a high-angle environment; constructing a multiple-point anchor system; constructing a compound-rope mechanical advantage system; constructing a fixed-rope system; directing the operation of a compound-rope mechanical advantage system in a high-angle environment; ascending a fixed rope in a high-angle environment; and descending a fixed rope in a high-angle environment.
NFPA 1006 – Rope Rescue Level I  – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8012 ? NFPA 1006 ? Rope Rescue Level I – Theory.
NFPA 1006 – Rope Rescue Level II – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8014 – NFPA 1006 – Rope Rescue Level II – Theory.
NFPA 1006 – Rope Rescue Level II – Theory
In this demanding course, Level II rope rescue, students will learn to use specialized equipment and procedures in various real-world scenarios involving technical rope rescue. This course is standard for any member of a technical rope rescue team or firefighters who would like to specialize in technical rope rescue. Through extensive hands-on exercises, students will learn to apply the skills, knowledge, and techniques required to use various rope systems to perform rope rescues. Level II topics include completing an assignment while suspended from a rope-rescue system in a high-angle environment; managing the movement of a victim as the rescuer in a high-angle environment; functioning as a litter tender in a high-angle lowering or hauling operation; directing a team in the removal of a victim suspended from rope or webbing in a high-angle environment; directing a team in the construction of a system intended to move a suspended rescue load along a horizontal path to avoid an obstacle; directing a team in the operation of a rope system to move a suspended rescue load along a horizontal path; accessing a victim in a high-angle environment using techniques that require the rescuer to climb up or down natural or manmade structures; and isolating and managing potentially harmful energy sources found in erected structures, including power systems and construction materials.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level I – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8020 – NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level I – Theory.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level I – TheoryOnline
This course is designed to assist individuals in making the transition from firefighter to company officer at the supervisory level. Learn the organizational structure of the department; geographical configuration and characteristics of response district; departmental operating procedures for administration, emergency operations, incident management system, and safety; fundamentals of leadership; departmental budget process; information management and recordkeeping; fire prevention and building safety codes and ordinances applicable to the jurisdiction; current trends, technologies, and socioeconomic and political factors that affect the fire service; cultural diversity; methods used by supervisors to obtain cooperation within a group of subordinates and the rights of management and members; agreements in force between the organization and its members; generally accepted ethical practices, including a professional code of ethics; and policies and procedures regarding the operation of the department as they involve supervisors and members.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level II – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8022 – NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level II – Theory.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level II – TheoryOnline
This course is designed for the fire officer who is ready to assume a greater leadership role at a supervisory or managerial level within the department. Topics include the organization of local government; enabling and regulatory legislation and the law-making process at the local, state/provincial, and federal levels; the functions of other bureaus, divisions, agencies, and organizations, and their roles and responsibilities that relate to the fire service; and intergovernmental and interagency cooperation.
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 1041 – Fire Instructor Level I – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8034 – NFPA 1041 – Fire Service Instructor Level I – Theory.
NFPA 1041 – Fire Instructor Level I – TheoryOnline
This course is designed for fire and rescue team members interested in developing teaching and training skills. Learn the theory and techniques for delivering instruction effectively from a prepared lesson plan, including the use of instructional aids and evaluation instruments; adapt lesson plans to the unique requirements of the students and the authority having jurisdiction; organize the learning environment to maximize learning and safety; and meet the record-keeping requirements of the authority having jurisdiction.
NFPA 1041 – Fire Instructor Level II – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8036 – NFPA 1041 – Fire Service Instructor – Level II – Theory.
NFPA 1041 – Fire Instructor Level II – TheoryOnline
This course provides the next level of knowledge and skills required to train and evaluate fire and rescue personnel. Topics include developing individual lesson plans for specific topics, including learning objectives, instructional aids, and evaluation instruments; scheduling training sessions based on an overall training plan of the authority having jurisdiction; and supervising and coordinating the activities of other instruction.
NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Advanced Exterior Level – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8046 NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Advanced Exterior Level – Theory.
NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Advanced Exterior Level – TheoryOnline
This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to perform offensive firefighting outside an enclosed structure when the fire is beyond the incipient stage. Participants will learn how to implement the response detailed by the pre-incident plan; establish and maintain a unified command; don, use, and doff personal protective equipment; attack and suppress an exterior fire as part of a team; conduct search and rescue operations; conserve property; overhaul the fire scene; establish a water supply; operate as a member of a rapid intervention crew; perform a fire safety survey; gain access to the facility; extinguish an ignitable liquid fire; control a flammable gas fire; extinguish an exterior fire using special extinguishing agents other than foam; interpret alarm conditions and initiate a response; activate the fixed fire suppression system; extinguish a Class C (electrical) fire; utilize tools and equipment; and set up and use portable ladders.
NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Brigade Leader Level – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8050 – NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Brigade Leader Level – Theory
NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Brigade Leader Level – TheoryOnline
This course is designed for participants who will be responsible for overseeing the performance or activity of other industrial fire brigade members. Topics include establishing command; using emergency response procedures; overseeing the emergency response and other administrative duties; the organizational structure of the industrial fire brigade; operating procedures for administration, emergency operations, and safety; information management and record keeping; the incident management system; methods used by leaders to obtain cooperation within a group of subordinates; and policies and procedures regarding the operation of the industrial fire brigade.
NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Incipient Level – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8044 – NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Incipient Level – Theory.
NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Incipient Level – TheoryOnline
This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform firefighting inside or outside an industrial, enclosed structure or building when the fire has not progressed beyond the incipient stage. The course includes the knowledge and skills required to initiate communications using facility communications equipment to effectively relay oral or written information; respond to alarms; manually control fires and property conservation activities; return equipment to service; perform fire safety surveys; and complete incident reports. Specific topics covered include general knowledge of basic fire behaviour, operating within an incident management system, operating within the emergency response operations plan for the site, and site-specific hazards.
NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Interior Structural Level – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8048 – NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Interior Structural Level – Theory
NFPA 1081 – Industrial Firefighter Interior Structural Level – TheoryOnline
This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform industrial fire suppression, rescue, or both inside buildings or enclosed structures that are involved in fire beyond the incipient stage. Participants will learn how to don, use, and doff personal protective equipment; implement a pre-incident plan; attack an interior structural fire; force entry into a structure; ventilate the structure; overhaul the fire scene; exit the hazardous area; establish a water supply; establish and maintain a unified command with outside mutual aid organizations; conduct search-and-rescue operations; conserve property and the environment; operate as a member of a rapid intervention crew; interpret alarm conditions and initiate responses; activate a fixed fire protection system; utilize master stream appliances; extinguish an ignitable liquid fire while operating as a member of a team; control a flammable gas fire; extinguish a fire using special extinguishing agents; utilize tools and equipment; set up and use portable ladders; establish and maintain a unified command with outside mutual aid organizations; perform a fire safety survey; and extinguish a Class C (electrical) fire.
NFPA 472 – Hazardous Materials Awareness LevelOnline
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 – PracticumOnline
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8006 – NFPA 472 – Hazardous Materials Operations – Theory.
NFPA 472 – Hazardous Materials Operations Level – TheoryOnline
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.