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 receive hands-on training at our facility that covers:

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.





  • Ontario Fire Academy Uniform
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Yours to Keep)
    1. Firefighting Helmet
    2. Firefighting Flash-Hood
    3. Firefighting Gloves
  • Academic Course Materials
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Rental)
    1. Firefighting Boots
    2. 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 DateEnd Date
January 10, 2022April 1, 2022
April 11, 2022June 30, 2022
July 5, 2022September 23, 2022
September 26, 2022December 16, 2022

2023 cohort dates

Start DateEnd Date
January 9th, 2023March 31st, 2023
April 10th, 2023June 30th, 2023
July 3rd, 2023September 22nd, 2023
September 25th, 2023December 15th, 2023

Please contact us by phone or email to inquire about availability.


program HOURS

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 in 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.

EFR Training

Recruits will dedicate 40-hours to Emergency First Responder Training.

This program is approved as a vocational program under the Private Career College Act, 2005.

"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."


Brampton Fire

"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."


Markham Fire

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