Fire & Emergency Services


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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.
  1. Does my lifestyle support ethical and responsible choices and actions?
  2. Am I prepared to maintain a level of professionalism on and off duty?
  3. Does my lifestyle align itself with the fire service values of respect, pride, professionalism, and teamwork?
  4. Am I actively supporting my community for the benefit of others?
  5. Have I adopted and do I maintain physical fitness as a way of life?
  6. Am I physically able to perform the firefighter job tasks?
  7. Can I work for extended periods of time under difficult and strenuous conditions?
  8. Am I comfortable using different hand/power tools and technical equipment?
  9. Do I have a support system in place for debriefing and stress relief?
  10. Have I considered the impact shift work will have on my family environment?
  11. Am I familiar with and able to operate within a paramilitary working environment?
  12. Do I understand and will I abide by the hair and jewellery wearing standards?
  13. Am I able to work harmoniously in close quarters with other people?
  14. Do I treat all people with respect, dignity, and professionalism regardless of race?
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. You may take it in any province. All we need is proof and it needs to be valid through to the end of the program.
While EMR isn't required for the fire stream, we do recommend it.

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.

Your uniforms will be similar to what emergency services personnel wear. Details will 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.
If I need Microsoft Office programs on my personal computer, which version should I purchase?
Save money, because you don't have to purchase a student version, or any version, of Microsoft Office.
With your lakeland edu email address you have the full version of Microsoft Office 365 Plus. Included are these programs:
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Teams
Even better, you may install Office 365 on up to 5 devices for your personal use, as long as you're a Lakeland student.
Learn more on the lakeland edu email page.
Are there any consequences from cancelled EST program in 2020? I heard that people who had been accepted for this year had first dibs on spots in 2021?
The 2020 class got 3 weeks into the program before the pandemic required us to end the face-to-face program. Hands-on, live field training is such a large component of the training, Lakeland had to cancel the entire program.
Members of the 2020 class will be given priority to return. However, we will still take applications for the program. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we’ll be making a qualified applicant list. In other words, first-qualified first-accepted.
Please reach out to Danielle, your enrolment advisor, if you have any questions:
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