Volunteer Firefighter

Practical Level 1


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Program Description

The SIIT Volunteer Firefighter (VFF) program provides training for First Nations communities using the IFSTA Essential of fire Fighting, 7th Edition, curriculum. The VFF Practical Level 1 is approximately 1.5 weeks in length.


Admission Requirements

  • Students have at least a Grade 8 education with Grade 10 recommended.
  • VFF Theory Level 1 must be completed.

Non-Academic Requirements

  • Students Must be in good physical condition with good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, physical agility, eye-hand coordination, and no medical restrictions.

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).


  • VFFP 102 Volunteer Fire Fighter Level 1 – Practical

What to Expect

Length of Program

  • The VFF Practical Level 1 program takes approximately 40 hours to complete.


The program is delivered in First Nation communities using hands-on training grounds and their community fire apparatus and equipment.

Attendance Policy

Students are required to maintain a 90% attendance rate to complete the program.


Evaluation in the program will be through competency-based assessment of knowledge and skills. A Pass/Fail grading system will be used in evaluating the skills learned. A variety of checklists and observations will be used by the instructor to determine the achievement level of the specific skills.

Graduation Document

Successful students will receive a Certificate of Achievement for VFF Practical Level 1.

Career Path

Career Opportunities

Students can become members of the on-reserve Fire Department and contribute to community safety. The emphasis of this program is on community-based, local firefighting training.

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