Fire Safety

Fire Safety and Prevention at Fanshawe College

Intro

Are you interested in learning how to extinguish a fire? Better yet, are you interested in knowing how to prevent a fire from occurring in the first place? If so, Fanshawe College’s Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program can help you gain the necessary life and safety skills to protect yourself and those around you. 

About the Program

Fanshawe College’s Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program is a three-year advanced diploma that teaches the importance of fire prevention and safety. In the program, students will learn about the principles of fire safety by taking courses in the sciences and mathematics department. Students will also study various codes, as well as legislation and acts to develop a full understanding of the rules and regulations of fire in Canada. Courses include physical lessons and mentorship opportunities to expose students to a variety of real-life service environments so that they can respond appropriately in the event of a fire.  

The program’s course curriculum is in line with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Upon graduation, students will write an exam provided by the NFPA to become certified in Ontario. You will further be eligible to take other exams to qualify for various other roles. The program states that further certification opportunities include: NFPA certifications, Building Code Certifications, Fire Department-specific certifications, Ontario Fire College, and Fire Investigation courses. 

Admission Requirements

International students must have the following requirements to be considered:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test, with a minimum acceptable score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT). Test results must be from within the last two years. 
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test, with an overall score of 6.0, with each of the four bands having a score of 5.5 or higher. Test results must be from within the last two years. 
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) led by Fanshawe College, with a minimum score of 70% across all sections of the test. Test results must be from within the last two years. 

Post-Admission Requirements

Once accepted, students must provide/demonstrate the following to ensure their placement in the program:

  • Mandatory Placement Assessment for WRIT course
  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level “C” CPR) completed within 6 months of the program start date
  • Evidence of good health
  • Driver’s License: Students may be required to have a ‘G’ Class Driver’s License for their mentorship in Level 6 of the program. A ‘G’ Class Driver’s License (with fewer than 4 demerit points) may be required as a condition of employment.

All of the above items are necessary and are time-sensitive for continued placement in the program. More information about these pre-placement requirements can be found on Fanshawe College’s official website

Course Requirements

The following courses are required in the first year for graduation to the second year:

  • SFTY-1060: Public Safety in Canada
  • FIRE-1001: Fire Services-Intro
  • FIRE-1002: Science in the Fire Service
  • FIRE-1003: Fire Suppression & Prevention Practices
  • FIRE-1004: Building Code 1
  • MATH-1197: Math-Fire Service
  • WRIT-1089: Reason & Writing 1 for Public Safety

Tuition & Start Date 

For international students, the total approximate tuition fee is $45,615. The program will be held on the London campus and will start in September of 2022. 

It should be noted that fees are subject to change, and are not inclusive of specific health plans, passes or programs. 

Why Learn About Fires?

Fires can happen at any given moment and can become extremely dangerous if not controllable. Fires destroy not only kitchens and homes, but also cities and even provinces. The recent fire in British Columbia that burned through the city of Lytton left nothing behind but debris and ash. Enrolling in the Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program will allow students to understand the elements of fire safety so that they can take the proper steps in dealing with a fire. Students will also be able to carry over the necessary life and safety skills into the real world to assist others in the event of a fire. 

According to Job Bank Canada, the career prospects and overall market for working in the fire services are expected to grow steadily over the following years in provinces such as Manitoba, New Brunswick, Quebec and so on. Nowadays, technology can assist with improving building materials and structure, and fires are becoming more manageable with stricter codes. But firefighters, fire inspectors, and those working in the fire services will always be needed to respond to the smallest incidents as they not only put out fires, but also administer first aid in medical emergencies, stuck rescue pets, and help prevent fires from happening in the first place.

Career Opportunities 

Students who have graduated from the Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program are ready to serve the public in a variety of ways. 

In the public sector, careers include: 

  • Fire inspector
  • Public fire safety educator
  • Public information officer
  • Fire investigator

In the private sector, careers include:

  • Asset management
  • Private life safety
  • Engineering/technical industry
  • Insurance industry

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