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've had friends that have been to other colleges, I've heard what they do and how it is done, nothing compares to this. This program will turn you into a true firefighter, push your limits, as well as give you excellent situations for interviews."
"I attended the Ontario Fire Academy in September 2011. I had tossed around the idea of a few fire colleges before deciding on OFA. While searching for the perfect college, I found that no other school offered what OFA offered. The Ontario Fire Academy was one of the only schools I found that really prepared you for the real world of working in a fire department. Not only did you learn the theory and practical skills of actual firefighting, but you learned how to live like a firefighter. OFA prepared you for the parts of the job that you couldn't learn in a text book, or directly from an instructor. During the 12 week period I was at OFA we were forced to cook, clean, train, study and get along as a group; as a family. This taught me more about the fire department than anything else. I am honoured to say that I am a recent hire with the City of Brampton Fire department. The Ontario Fire Academy not only gave the knowledge to become the best firefighter I can be but it also taught me what is expected of a firefighter in the fire department and I am succeeding in my position because of it."
"I could not have asked for a better experience. The Ontario Fire Academy was not only instrumental in obtaining a career with Brampton Fire Department, but also in gaining the skills to better myself as a firefighter. Chief Larry Matlashewski's experience and knowledge of the fire service is second to none. He shares the same passion with all the training officers to help each student to excel, succeed and reach their full potential."
“I couldn’t be happier about my time at the Ontario Fire Academy. Not only were the theoretical and practical lessons and exercises beyond my expectations but the firehall mentality the school presents prepared me for life as a firefighter. I wouldn’t be where i am today without the knowledge and experiences I received from Chief Matlawashewski and all of the OFA instructors”
“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.”
“At OFA you get a chance to take a condensed course that allows you to experience what it’s like in a real-life fire service career setting. The small classes create a great learning environment where students have the chance to get attention in areas of weakness and also the benefit of becoming a close-knit group. My experience at OFA prepared me for not only what to expect in my career as a firefighter but also the process to becoming on with practical skills testing and interview prep. The knowledge I gained was a great foundation to set me on my path to getting hired.”
“Ontario Fire Academy was a blast from the start. It was heavy workload right from the beginning, but I feel that it gave me the edge going into a career with heavy workloads daily. The facility was very firehall like with shared stoking duties, cooking, and equipment preparation which also prepared me for what to expect in the career. The smaller classes made it more intimate with instructors and allowed my class to create friendships that will last a lifetime. After graduating Ontario Fire Academy was always a phone call away during recruitment applications, and always provided positive feedback into my hiring process. I credit being hired quickly to the family like experience I had at Ontario Fire Academy. Thanks to Everyone there that helped me along my way to becoming a career firefighter!”
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! Brett Haenni