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Basic Firefighting

In the Atlantic Police Academy’s Basic Firefighting program, students learn the fundamental skills needed to keep themselves, their colleagues and the public safe in critical situations.

Training at an off-campus site offers students real-life firefighting experience in a controlled environment. These training simulations provide students with essential knowledge on fire behaviour, motor vehicle extraction, medical first response and communication.

Students also learn effective communication on campus, where they are required to live for the duration of the program. Living in residence provides students with experiential learning, such as cooperation, problem solving and time management. Through this interaction with fellow students outside the classroom setting, students develop a professional appreciation for teamwork and diversity.

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Program Facts

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


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Graduate Opportunities

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

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 4312.


Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Age 18 by program start date
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license (Students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of this license, regardless of Holland College training.)
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (download in PDF or MS Word), not required until after an applicant has been accepted.
  • Vision Exam
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt
  • Physical fitness test set out by the Course Standard conducted at the Atlantic Police Academy prior to course start date. The C.P.A.T. (candidate physical ability test) will be accepted if current at time of course commencement.
  • Basic Firefighter 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.


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Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

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

140 Weymouth Street  •  Charlottetown, PE  •  Canada  •  C1A 4Z1  •  info@hollandcollege.com  •  1-800-446-5265