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Basic Firefighting

Firefighting is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.

In this program, you will learn the fundamental fire fighting skills needed to keep yourself, your colleagues, and the public safe in critical situations. Training at an off-campus site offers you firefighting experience in a controlled environment. In these training simulations you will learn
about fire behaviour, motor vehicle extraction, medical first response, and communication.

Field training familiarizes students with equipment, including trucks, pumps, respirators, and hydraulic rescue tools such as Jaws of Life, to deal with fires, automotive accidents and public safety incidents.

Basic Firefighting students are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except when they are in on the job training.


Nathan Waite, Class of 2014

Nathan Waite - Use This One“I knew I wanted to be involved in the community, and firefighting was something I could be proud of. I knew the APA was a reputable school. The staff at the academy are highly-skilled, educated and experienced, and help you understand the pride, courage, integrity and passion that is involved in becoming a firefighter. A former instructor was a military firefighter for over 25 years and inspired me to pursue the career I now hold today as a military firefighter. My career has allowed me to become involved not only in my community, but also my nation. It’s exciting turning bad days into good days.

Madison Levi, Class of 2014

Madison Levi - Use This One“I knew I wanted to help people and protect them, and learned about the firefighting program through my school.  I knew how competitive the program was, so I was really proud of myself for passing the physical – especially being the only female in my testing group. I’ve never met such an amazing group of people. The boys didn’t care that I was female, or that I was First Nation. They made me feel a part of the group. The same with the instructors at the Academy; they see you for you, not what you are or where you come from. There were a lot of times I struggled to carry a charged hose line up a ladder, or to crawl in a pitch black house to perform search and rescue – but I did it. You just got to keep telling yourself, ‘I can do this.’ The most rewarding part of the program is the self-pride. Going to the school really changes you as a person, and all for the good. This program was the best decision I ever made.“

Program Facts

Start: September – Slemon Park
Length: 22 weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy, Slemon Park, Summerside — PEI Firefighter Training Centre, Milton
Credentials: Holland College Certificate, Firefighter – Level I & II; IFSAC Certification Seals for Firefighter Level I and II, HAZMAT Awareness, HAZMAT Operations
Minimum passing grade per course:


The Atlantic Police Academy’s Basic Firefighting program was established in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA1001) for fire service professional qualifications. This program obtains its accreditation in accordance with the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) guidelines. The Basic Firefighting program is accredited by the Canadian Forces College Opportunities Program through the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). The program has established partnerships with the Prince Edward Island Firefighters Association and the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Fire Department training centres.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Age 18 by program start date
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license (students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of the license)
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (download in PDF or MS Word) (required after acceptance)
  • Completion of Vision Examination Form
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt
  • Physical fitness test set out by the program standard conducted at the Atlantic Police Academy prior to program start date.
  • Completion of Basic Firefighting Medical Examination. Prior to visiting your physician please review this form and if there is any medical condition that you have, or suspect you may have, that is identified on the form as requiring a more detailed medical evaluation, please print the required form found here and take it with you on your visit to your doctor. If the doctor discovers a medical condition requiring further details, you will need to have them complete the appropriate detailed evaluation form.
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Due to the strenuous training demands, the student must be in excellent physical condition as determined by a thorough medical exam and be able to participate in extremely strenuous physical activity in hostile environments without restrictions.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates apply for jobs anywhere in Canada or the United States as professional, full-time firefighters.


Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

If you have any questions concerning the Basic Firefighting program, contact:

Arlene Heffell



Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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