Fire Rescue and Safety

NorQuest College offers a wide range of Fire Rescue and Safety programming, from beginner courses for those looking to start a career in firefighting, to advanced courses for firefighting professionals moving forward in their careers.

With approval from the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) of Alberta, we offer training to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards with certification.

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 1st 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 College’s throughout Alberta.

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

Delivery Options

NorQuest College offers maximum flexibility for corporate training delivery options. Choose from one of the following:

  1. Register in scheduled Continuing Education courses. Ideal for an individual or small group, participation in one of our regularly scheduled courses ensures your employees get training right away. Regularly scheduled courses are linked below, along with the course ID to making registration simple.
  2. Organization-specific delivery. Perfect when you have a number of employees you need to train, we'll set up a specific delivery just for your employees at one of our campuses, at your workplace, or at another convenient venue.
  3. Customized delivery. Not only will we create a delivery specifically for your team, but we will customize the course content to meet your organization's specific needs.

Contact us for more information on setting up the best delivery for your team:



Dust Suppression Safety for Pulp and Paper IndustryPart-time, Online
A safety plan for a pulp and paper industry operation must identify how the operation is controlling fire and explosion hazards, including dust from wood products. Dust hazards are also found in industries such as chemicals, textiles, coal, and other manufacturing sectors. This one-day course will detail the many controls and processes required to mitigate the accumulation of combustible dust and to identify and mitigate potential ignition sources. Students will be able to return to their business operations, assess their operation, and recommend and implement necessary changes. This course is suitable for supervisors, management, and front-line workers.
Fire Fighter Training ProgramPart-time, Online
This 15-week training program includes everything you need to start your career as a firefighter. The program includes NFPA 472 Awareness, NFPA 472 Operations, NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I, and NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II. The 10-week theory component can be completed in the classroom or at home using the online program, with an assigned instructor to assist you when needed (students learning online have six months to complete the 10 weeks of theory). The practical skills training is covered in five weeks at an approved OFC training site. At the end of each course, you will take an accredited written exam and perform a practical skills evaluation as required for international certification by the accrediting agency.  We offer this training to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that are eligible for internationally recognized certification through the Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioner.
Firetack – Wildfire Crew MemberPart-time
Learn the practical and technical skills required to work as a highly trained, dedicated Province of Alberta wildfire crew member. Course topics include introduction to fire behavior; introduction to occupational health and safety (OHS); wildfire situational awareness; fireline preparedness; wildland hazards; introduction to methods of attack; radio communications; compass use and pacing; working with heavy equipment; the wildland urban interface; hand-tools use and maintenance; helicopter safety and operations; air-tanker operations; water and foam delivery systems; the Incident Command System (ICS 100); the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS); and transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) for ground and air. This course is required for anyone wanting to become part of the Government of Alberta wildland firefighting team.
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 – Fire Fighter Level IPart-time, Online
This entry-level firefighting course will give you the knowledge and skills to function as an integral member of a firefighting team. 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 (SOPs) 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’s mission and the reduction of 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 a firefighter’s duties; and the critical aspects of NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program. You will learn how to don, doff, and prepare for reuse personal protective clothing; hoist tools and equipment using ropes and the correct knot; and locate information in departmental documents and standard or code materials.
NFPA 1001 – Fire Fighter Level IIPart-time, Online
Acquire the skills and depth of knowledge required to function under general supervision to perform firefighting functions at an advanced level. Learn the responsibilities of 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 how to carry out the role of a Fire Fighter II within the organization. You will demonstrate the ability to determine the need for command organize and coordinate an incident management system until command is transferred, and function within an assigned role in an incident management system.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer IPart-time, Online
This course is designed to assist individuals in making the transition from firefighter to company officer at the supervisory level. Students will learn the organizational structure of the department; geographical configuration and characteristics of the response district; departmental operating procedures for administration, emergency operations, incident management system and safety; fundamentals of leadership; departmental budget process; information management and record keeping; the fire prevention and building safety codes and ordinances applicable to the jurisdiction; current trends, technologies, socioeconomic and political factors that affect the fire service; cultural diversity; methods used by supervisors to obtain co-operation within a group of subordinates, the rights of management and members; agreements in force between the organization and member; 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 IIPart-time, Online
This course is designed for the fire officer who is ready to assume a greater leadership role by moving into the supervisory/managerial level of 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 co-operation.
NFPA 1041 – Fire Instructor Level IIPart-time, Online
This course is intended for the instructor who is ready to assume a leadership role in the upper-management level of his or her department. Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to develop comprehensive training curricula and programs for use by single or multiple organizations, to conduct organization needs analysis, and to develop training goals and implementation strategies.  We offer this training to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that are eligible for internationally recognized certification through the Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioner.
NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor - Level IPart-time, Online
This course is designed for firefighting or rescue personnel who are interested in developing their teaching and training skills. Acquire the theory and techniques for delivering instruction effectively from a prepared lesson plan, including instructional aids and evaluation instruments. Learn how to adapt lesson plans to the unique requirements of students and the jurisdictional authority, organize the learning environment so that learning and safety are maximized, and meet the record-keeping requirements of the jurisdictional authority.
NFPA 1081 – Incipient LevelPart-time, Online
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have the knowledge and skills they need to be a competent member of an industrial fire brigade response team. The course content includes identification of fire hazards, fire brigade organization, fire behaviour and the chemistry of fire, various hose systems, safety principles and practices, identification of bulk storage containers and their characteristics, search and rescue, fire detection and alarm systems, and salvage and overhaul. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to apply for certification through the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
NFPA 472 - Hazardous Materials AwarenessPart-time, Online
This hazardous materials awareness course is designed for personnel and first responder personnel (fire, police, EMS, and industry) who may be faced with a scene involving a hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction incident or emergency. This course stresses how personnel can protect themselves, initiate proper response, and secure the area. NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials - Awareness is a prerequisite for fire/rescue courses.
NFPA 472 - Hazardous Materials OperationsPart-time, Online
Students completing this course will be able to respond to hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction incidents for the purpose 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/weapons of mass destruction incidents and implement product control measures.