Fire & Emergency Services
|Is there a way to evaluate whether or not emergency services is the right career for me?|
Before you apply, you should ask yourself some hard questions.
|How fit do I need to be?|
|These are physically intensive and demanding careers. So you do need to be fit. We no longer do fitness assessment before your application is accepted. There’s no magic number of how many push ups you need to do in a minute. However, you do have to have medical clearance.
In the EST program you have a 3 credit physical fitness course. You won’t just do activities, you’ll also learn strategies to achieve and maintain the fitness you need for your job.
|Explain the difference between the 2 streams of the EST program?|
|In both programs you’ll do basic firefighting training. After that you go into a specialized stream – emergency medicine or firefighting. In the medical stream, you earn paramedic qualifications. In the fire stream, you do advanced firefighting training as well as investigation, inspection and instructor training.|
|Is EMR a prerequisite?|
|It is for the medical stream of the EST program. And you need to arrange that well in advance. Partly it’s because you have to be registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics before you arrive at Lakeland. That means you’ve taken the course and passed the ACP exam.
If you completed your EMR in another province you must still register with the ACP. You’ll need to complete the ACP;s labour mobility package.
Check the ACP website.
|What requirements do I need for the 12-week Firefighter Training Program?|
|To start there’s a medical clearance.
You also need to have a class 5 drivers’ license and an airbrakes endorsement. You’ll be driving a variety of emergency response vehicles.
Besides that there are also academic requirements of grade 12 English, at least grade 11 math and at least one grade 11 science.
|Is there a uniform requirement?|
|Yes for both the EST and Firefighter Training programs.
There are navy t-shirts with the ETC logo available at the campus book store. Suitable work trousers are also required. You’ll be provided with details when you’re accepted in the program.
There’s also a more formal uniform for EST students. These look like the uniforms worn by emergency services personnel. Details will also be provided when you’re accepted in the program.
|I know there's a lot of hands-on scenario training. How much time is spent on bookwork?|
|More than most people imagine. You have lots of material to get through before you go into the field. As well you have exams. There is a lot of reading and studying besides the physical demands of the training field.|
|What's the FFT blended learning option?|
|You’re able to take most of the academic portion of the course online. Then you are on-site at ETC for the technical training.
We developed this option for people who couldn’t spend 12 weeks away from their home and current jobs. Instead you’ll be here for about 5 weeks, and have about 4 months to complete the online courses before you come to Lakeland.
|Where can I live during my course?|
|Spots are available in the Vermilion Residence Village. You’re sent a residence application with your acceptance. There are also a limited number of rental spaces in and around the town of Vermilion and neighbouring communities.|