Background - In operation since 1949, the Ontario Fire College's primary responsibility is to develop and deliver academically sound educational/training programs to meet the needs of both today's and tomorrow's fire service. The main objective of the Ontario Fire College programs and courses is to assist our student-learners to become the best-trained and most professional members of the Ontario fire service. We offer training and education programs which are based on the Ontario Fire Service Standards. Our courses are available to members of any Ontario municipal fire department, whether full-time or volunteer.
Fire Chiefs or their designate must complete and sign a Training and Education Application Form for each student-learner they wish to register and fax the forms to the Office of the Registrar. Once the application is processed a confirming Status Report will be sent to the fire department.
The Ontario Fire College continues to implement strategic initiatives to make high quality education and training accessible and available to fire service personnel. The Firefighter Curriculum, which was revised in 2008, is available to all municipal fire departments, and can be found on our Educational Materials website. See Communique #2006-19 for information on how to access this site. Associate Instructor pilot projects, agreements with other post-secondary educational institutions, off-campus delivery of OFC courses, extended use of OFC facilities, and increased numbers of course offerings are examples of these initiatives.
In addition, partnerships with a growing number of fire service organizations, associations, colleges and universities are helping to meet the ongoing demand for fire service career-path education and training opportunities. On-campus initiatives such as improvements to the classroom and the training ground environments, and the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment and training aids continue to enhance learning opportunities. The 15-station computer lab, located on the second floor of the residence building, complements the services of the Resource Centre in affording student-learners ready access to research-oriented learning.
The Ontario Fire College offers courses to members of Ontario municipal fire departments. Our OFC Educational Materials website contains more information on the following topics and may be accessed at www.ofmsps.ca/OFCEM. (see Communiqué #2006-19 for information on how to access the site):
CN Railroad and Ontario Fire College is offering a unique training opportunity for chiefs and senior officers likely to be involved in incident management of rail incidents. This two-day seminar is designed to teach the roles individual employees and departments play at a rail incident. Participants learn about CN's internal incident command structure, as well as the protocol for functioning in a unified incident command system if multiple stakeholders are involved. More information is available on our OFC Educational Materials website www.ofmsps.ca/OFCEM. (see Communiqué #2006-19 for information on how to access the site).