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.

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

Admission Requirements

Most fire and safety programs and courses have specified admission requirements (AR) and you will have to apply before registering. Requirement and application information is outlined under each program or course.

We also offer select courses that do not have admission requirements (NAR) and are listed below under Courses (NAR).

NFPA 1001 Professional Firefighter Training

This entry level firefighting program covers the knowledge and skills required to function as an integral member of a firefighting team.

NFPA 1006 Rescue Training

The rescue series training dives into the techniques and skills needed to perform safe and effective rescue practices. There are three training levels within this specialization. The first is an awareness course to give you a broad but firm understanding of what is required as integral member of a rescue and safety team. The second and third levels are focused on rope rescue.

NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Training

This program is designed to assist individuals in making the transition from firefighter to company officer at the supervisory level. You will learn the organizational and operational skills and knowledge required to effectively manage a department. Supervisor skills and leadership fundamentals; operational skills including budget processes, information management and record keeping are all included to provide you with the skills, tactics, and knowledge to take your career to the next level.

NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Training

The fire service instructor training involves two levels to develop and teach the skills required to be an effective instructor. This training is for seasoned professionals already in the fire services industry.

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 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 – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8020 – NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level I – Theory.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level I – Theory
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 – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8022 – NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level II – Theory.
NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer Level II – Theory
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 1041 – Fire Instructor Level I – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8034 – NFPA 1041 – Fire Service Instructor Level I – Theory.
NFPA 1041 – Fire Instructor Level I – Theory
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 – Practicum
This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8036 – NFPA 1041 – Fire Service Instructor – Level II – Theory.
NFPA 1041 – Fire Instructor Level II – Theory
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 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 – 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.

NFPA 472 – Hazardous Materials Operations Level – Practicum

This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8006 – NFPA 472 – Hazardous Materials Operations – Theory.

NFPA 1051 – Wildland Firefighter Level I – Theory

Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to function safely as a member of a wildland fire suppression crew under direct supervision. Topics include fireline safety; use and limitations of personal protective equipment; agency policy on fire shelter use; basic wildland fire behaviour; fire suppression techniques; basic wildland fire tactics; the firefighter’s role within the local incident management system; and first aid.

NFPA 1051 – Wildland Firefighter Level I – Practicum

This course is the practical skills component of XBUS 8038 – NFPA 1051 – Wildland Firefighter Level I – Theory.

Delivery Options

Individuals registering in a course or program are able to complete the theory component online at their convenience. The practical components are delivered at an approved Office of the Fire Chief (OFC) training site in Alberta.

For organizations and groups we offer flexibility for training delivery:

  1. Customized delivery. We'll set up a specific delivery just for your employees at one of our campuses, at your workplace, or at another convenient venue, and we will customize the course content to meet your organization's specific needs.
  2. 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.

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

Phone:
780.644.6480

Email:
firefighter@norquest.ca

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Many of NorQuest College's corporate training programs qualify for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which pays two-thirds of eligible training costs. Contact us for more information.