TRADES PATHWAY PROGRAMS
Volunteer Firefighting Training
THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY OFFERED IN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES THAT PURCHASE IT. WATCH FOR NOTICES IN YOUR COMMUNITY FOR NOTICES REGARDING SEAT AVAILABILITY.
Are you interested in helping keep your community safe? If so, SIIT’s Volunteer Firefighting Training program may be your first step. This program is designed to provide you with the information needed to meet the fire-related performance objectives in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001, Level One.
The Volunteer Firefighting Training program is only delivered in select community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, and safety tickets.
There are five components of the Fire Fighting program.
- Level 1
- Level 2
- Pump A
- Fire Investigator
Graduates of this program can expect to be a part of their local, community-based volunteer firefighting department.
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 100 Orientation and Fire Service History
- VFFP 101 Firefighter Safety and Health
- VFFP 102 Fire Behaviour
- VFFP 103 Building Construction
- VFFP 104 Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment
- VFFP 105 Portable Fire Extinguishers
- VFFP 106 Ropes and Knots
- VFFP 107 Rescue and Extrication
- VFFP 108 Forcible Entry
- VFFP 109 Ground Ladders
- VFFP 110 Ventilation
- VFFP 111 Water Supply
- VFFP 112 Fire Hose
- VFFP 113 Fire Streams
- VFFP 114 Fire Control
- VFFP 115 Fire Detection, Alarm and Suppression Systems
- VFFP 116 Loss Control
- VFFP 117 Protecting Fire Scene Evidence
- VFFP 118 Fire Department Communications
- VFFP 119 Fire Prevention and Public Education
- VFFP 120 Introduction to Hazardous Materials and Operations at Hax Mat Incidents
Tuition, Fees, and Funding
Students can expect to pay little to no tuition or fees to participate in this program. Your local labour force development worker will assess your eligibility for funding when you apply.
What to Expect
Day to Day
In this 8 week program, students can expect:
- A combination of in-class theory (40%) and hands on practical training (60%). Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
- No additional independent (homework) learning.
Personal Protective Equipment needed for shop training and employment is provided by the community.
Any work-related safety tickets will be included. These vary according to each trade.
Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate. For Volunteer Firefighting Training program students, an attendance rate of 90% or better is required to graduate.
If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.
Graduation Requirements and Credential
You must maintain 90% attendance to graduate. The assessment method for this course is pass/ fail. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Career Opportunities & Salaries
Graduates of this program can expect to be a part of their local, community-based volunteer fire fighting department.
For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre. or your local Labour Development Office.
Fire Service and Emergency Management Certification
Saskatchewan follows National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards for the professional qualification of firefighters. The Saskatchewan Government is accredited under the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) to certify firefighters under selected NFPA Standards.
The Evaluation and Certification program allows firefighters to measure their skills and knowledge against recognized international standards. Many fire departments also use certification when assessing fire fighters for advancement or when hiring new members.
Firefighters who want to gain certification are known as participants. A candidate challenges the standard or standards they wish to complete. Certification is gained through a combination of recognized prerequisites, written evaluations and practical skills evaluation. Each standard has a different set of prerequisite, theory and skills requirements.