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Basic Fire Academy
NFPA 1001: Firefighter Level 1 & 2 and
NFPA 472: Hazmat Awareness & Operations
Canadian Fire Departments are looking for candidates that are mature, have valuable life experience, are willing to work hard, and bring attributes of Character, Honor, Respect, Integrity, Service, and Teamwork to their organization. That is where Training Division shines and is able to provide the required certification but also flexible process for candidates to achieve their dreams.
A traditional fire academy can be a challenge for some individuals. For many, participation requires significant sacrifice of time. For others, the block of time required may not fit with current career and family responsibilities. Completing much of the theory online can provide the flexibility that can make the dreams of fire school candidates achievable. In addition to the non-traditional setting provided with online studies, the virtual firefighter academy ensures that comprehensive skills and knowledge are covered in a way that allows for successful learning and retention.
The Basic Fire Academy course combines online theory that can be done from anywhere in the world with a final two week “boot camp” at the Training Division emergency training center in Texas. Students can start right away and have up to a full year to complete their training. This is the perfect opportunity for students who have other daily commitments such as employment, other schooling, families, or anyone who just wants to get started on their dream right away.
The greatest portion of a student’s time in firefighter school is spent in the classroom. The virtual classroom is similar to a traditional program’s setting in that academic material is presented in an orderly manner, allowing students to build understanding from one concept to the next. The virtual setting is different in that a fire school participant online can work at a personalized pace. One student will work ahead quickly, grasping concepts and moving forward to complete the coursework right away. Another student may need time to assimilate knowledge. Rather than being rushed through a curriculum, the online fire academy candidate can be sure that material makes sense. This makes for a more confident and competent professional when that student transitions to the work environment. Students in the Basic Fire Academy program have up to one year to complete the program although most students finish in an average of 4 – 5 months.
The physical nature of a firefighter’s job requires familiarity with both equipment and procedures. These can’t be learned in a strictly virtual setting. However, a hands-on portion of firefighter school is designed to provide this experience in a concentrated training session that spans several days in a state-of-the-art facility. Students are provided with the opportunity to add context to the knowledge gained during the online studies. Simulations enable students to experience real firefighting challenges in a controlled setting.
One of the most important benefits of our online firefighter academy is the ability to structure an education according to one’s personal needs. The candidate considering a change of career can work during free time to study. The individual who lives in a rural setting can access a high-quality curriculum without the need to relocate. The online program provides those with varied learning styles the chance to succeed when a traditional classroom might otherwise serve as a point of elimination. We give life to the dreams of emergency response professionals by providing an outstanding program that adapts to varied academic needs.
At the completion of the online theory and boot camp components, students participate in a final exam. Upon successful completion, application for internationally recognized IFSAC seals may be made. These certificates (NFPA 1001: Firefighter Level I&II and NFPA 472: HAZMAT Awareness & Operations) can be used for applying with departments across Canada, the USA, and beyond.