Fire Rescue and Safety

NorQuest College offers training to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that are eligible for internationally recognized certification through the Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioner.

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

  • 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 National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board®) and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) 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:

Phone:
780.644.6480

Email:
firefighter@norquest.ca

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 1001 Professional Firefighter IPart-time, Online
Students taking this entry-level firefighting course will acquire the knowledge and skills they need to function as an integral member of a firefighting team under direct supervision in hazardous conditions. Topics include the organization of the fire department; the role of the Firefighter 1 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 Firefighter 1; 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. Students will learn how to put on and take off personal protective clothing and prepare for its reuse; hoist tools and equipment using ropes and the correct knot; and locate information in departmental documents and standard or code materials.
NFPA 1001 Professional Firefighter IIPart-time, Online
Students taking this course will acquire the skills and depth of knowledge they need to function under general supervision to perform firefighting functions at an advanced level. Students will learn the responsibilities in assuming and transferring command within an incident management system; performing assigned duties in conformance with applicable NFPA and other safety regulations and AHJ procedures; and perform the role of a Firefighter 2 within the organization. Upon successful completion of the course, students 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.
NFPA1001 Professional Firefighter Training I and II and NFPA 472Part-time, Online
NorQuest College's 15-week Firefighter Training Program includes everything needed 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 online. The practical skills training is completed in five weeks at one of the approved OFC Training Sites. At the end of each course, complete an accredited written exam and perform a practical skills evaluation as required for international certification by the accrediting agency. Students successfully completing the Firefighter Program courses are eligible to apply for National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualification (Pro Board) and International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), which are internationally recognized certificates.
NFPA 1006 Rescue AwarenessPart-time, Online
This course utilizes both classroom and hands-on training to provide rescue personnel with an understanding of the techniques, skills, and equipment needed for a safe and effective extrication of victims. Students will develop specialized skills focused 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 I and IIPart-time, Online
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 members of a technical rope rescue team or firefighters that would like to specialize in technical rope rescue. Through extensive hands-on exercises, students will learn to apply the skills, knowledge, and techniques they need to use various rope systems to perform rope rescues. Topics include identifying hazards; choosing and using proper equipment; constructing multi-anchor point systems; constructing fixed rope systems; ascending and descending fixed rope systems; and constructing and utilizing belay systems.
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, 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 Service Instructor IPart-time, Online
This course is designed for those fire/rescue members who are interested in developing their teaching and training skills. The students will learn the theory and techniques of delivering instruction effectively from a prepared lesson plan They will learn to use instructional aids and evaluation instruments; to adapt lesson plans to the unique requirements of the students and authority having jurisdiction; to organize the learning environment so that learning and safety are maximized; and to meet the record-keeping requirements of the authority having jurisdiction.
NFPA 1041  Fire Service 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. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to apply for ProBoard and IFSAC certification through the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
NFPA 1051 Wildland Firefighter Professional Qualifications-Level 1Part-time, Online
This course is designed to provide municipal and industrial firefighters with the knowledge and skills to recognize the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire. Training includes identifying potentially hazardous situations, and basic tool/line construction skills, including patrolling a fire area, establishing command presence, communicating with supervisors and other crews, providing logistics, deploying resources, and completing operations. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to apply for ProBoard and IFSAC certification through the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
NFPA 1081 Industrial Firefighter - 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 ProBoard and IFSAC certification through the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
NFPA 1081 Industrial Firefighter -  Interior StructuralPart-time, Online
This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform fire suppression, rescue, or both, inside of buildings or enclosed structures that are involved in fire beyond the incipient stage. Participants will learn how to put on, use, and take off personal protective equipment. Topics also include implementing a pre-incident plan; attacking an interior structural fire; forcing entry into a structure; ventilating the structure; overhauling the fire scene; exiting the hazardous area; establishing a water supply; establishing and maintaining a unified command with outside mutual aid organizations; conducting search and rescue operations; conserving property and the environment; operating as a member of a rapid intervention crew; interpreting alarm conditions and initiating response; activating a fixed fire protection system; utilizing master stream appliances; extinguishing an ignitable liquid fire, operating as a member of a team; controlling a flammable gas fire; extinguishing a Class C (electrical) fire, extinguishing a fire using special extinguishing agents; utilizing tools and equipment; setting up and using portable ladders; and performing a fire safety survey.
NFPA 1081 Industrial Firefighter -  Advanced ExteriorPart-time, Online
This course is designed to provide municipal and industrial firefighters with the knowledge and skills to recognize the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire. Training includes identifying potentially hazardous situations, and basic tool/line construction skills, including patrolling a fire area, establishing command presence, communicating with supervisors and other crews, providing logistics, deploying resources, and completing operations. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to apply for ProBoard and IFSAC certification through the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
NFPA 1081 Industrial Firefighter - Brigade LeaderPart-time, Online
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; incident management system; methods used by leaders to obtain co-operation within a group of subordinates; and policies and procedures regarding the operation of the industrial fire brigade.
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.

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