12-Week Full-Time Firefighter Training Program
NFPA 1072 HAZMAT AWARENESS & HAZMAT OPERATIONS
Become an IFSAC-certified firefighter through OFA's Full-Time Firefighting program, delivered as an intense, hands-on, in-person set of courses within our training facility in Orangeville, Ontario.
Our full-time program provides recruits with a 12-week comprehensive, entry-level training as a Firefighter.
Recruits will also train at a burn house and rescue tower.
Recruits will live in a firehouse setting in dormitories with a shared kitchen, bathroom, common space, and student lounge, and are responsible for managing and maintaining all station duties as they would in a real-life fire hall.
Recruits will work alongside professional instructors from Municipal Fire Services & Volunteer Departments.
Join other recruits in an intense boot-camp environment where you’ll learn how to fight fires while performing challenging tasks like daily inspections and firefighting drills. You’ll also have opportunities to respond to progressively more challenging fire scenarios.
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Ontario Fire Academy Uniform
- Personal Protective Equipment (Yours to Keep)
- Firefighting Helmet
- Firefighting Flash-Hood
- Firefighting Gloves
- Academic Course Materials
- Personal Protective Equipment (Rental)
- Firefighting Boots
- All Other PPE
- Emergency First Responder Course
What’s not included
- Daily Meals
- Room & Board
- Safety shoes/boots with a CSA green tag
2022 cohort dates
|Start Date||End Date|
|January 10, 2022||April 1, 2022|
|April 11, 2022||June 30, 2022|
|July 5, 2022||September 23, 2022|
|September 26, 2022||December 16, 2022|
2023 cohort dates
|Start Date||End Date|
|January 9th, 2023||March 31st, 2023|
|April 10th, 2023||June 30th, 2023|
|July 10th, 2023||September 29th, 2023|
|October 2nd, 2023||December 22nd, 2023|
Course hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Recruits will have 1-hour for lunch.
Recruits will work with a small group of other students, with an optimal student to instructor ratio on all practical sessions.
Every recruit must report to OFA on time, wearing a clean uniform, and ready to work alongside fellow recruits in team building exercises.
Recruits will dedicate 40-hours to Emergency First Responder Training.
"Attending the Ontario Fire Academy was one of the best decisions I’ve made on my path to becoming a career firefighter. The school gave me all the tools, training, and knowledge I would need in preparation for the job. One of the unique features offered by OFA is the ability to live on campus during the course. I would highly recommend this. It helps me stay focused on what I was learning by surrounding me with like-minded individuals, and gave me a sense of what firehall living was all about. I was fortunate enough to be hired within 8 months of completing the OFA course."
"I got a full time firefighting job with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency, and just finished my probationary year. The Ontario Fire Academy prepared me very well for the training course out here. It was a 14 week course covering most of the same stuff, with a little more detail and catered to our SOG’s. Coming in with the knowledge base and skills that I learned at your school made it a very easy transition. Thanks for everything!"
Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Service
"Deciding to attend the Ontario Fire Academy was one of the best decisions of my life. I was able to attend on a part-time basis, which was not offered anywhere else in the span of time offered by the Ontario Fire Academy. This allowed me to continue working full time and provide for my family while having the ability to pursue my goals. I can without a doubt say, the training I received there gave me a firm foundation to start my career as a probationary firefighter."