Learn From The Best

At FESTI, you’ll learn by doing with experienced professionals coaching you at every step. Our instructors have varied experience in firefighting, military, and medical responses. Alongside our full-time instructors, students will learn from other fire and emergency professionals who offer real-life examples and stories to give our programs greater depth. As a student, you’ll spend over 50% of your time developing hands-on skills, all over our 40-acre property using our dynamic, realistic props.

Instruction built on dedication, experience, and insight

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Hear From Our Students


Aaron, March 2020

“When I walked through the doors of FESTI I had no idea what I was in for. After 4 dynamic weeks of battling through cold winds and burning buildings I have walked away with a group of friends that feel like family and all of the skills and knowledge for the next big step. I need to thank all of the incredible instructors, my amazing team and my family. Most of all I want to thank Diana. She pushed me to go after something that I never thought I’d be able to do and supported me the entire time. Thank you.”


LeeAnn, August 2019

“Loved my experience at FESTI, I was in the blended class that finished mid July. I did a lot of reading up on the schools in the area, what they had to offer and success rate post grad and FESTI definitely passed with flying colours. The instructors, the atmosphere and especially the facility is incredible for what you need in preparing you for a career as a Firefighter. Highly recommended!”


Katrina, August 2019

“Recruit class of the department I got hired on was practically identical to the training we received at FESTI. The institute prepared me very well for my career.”


Rodrigo, August 2019

“I attended the FESTI Blended that started June 2019 and it was a great experience! The facility is very student friendly, with a bay where you can come in early to practice skills before class. The instructors are clearly passionate about firefighting and that makes for great teachers – they are able to push you to do your best but also understand that you are still learning. A great bonus is the student mentors they have on the grounds, past students who assist in helping current students learn and are an amazing asset to the faculty. FESTI left me with a confident feeling and has given me the foundation I was looking for in a career as a firefighter!”


Devon Jones, August 2017

“My favourite FESTI memories are all people related. I really enjoy the camaraderie that came with being a student here. There are lots of people here supporting and willing to help you advance, and who want you to succeed. It’s a very encouraging atmosphere.”


Matthew Citta, February 2014

“One of the big reasons I chose to go to FESTI was because of word of mouth. A lot of people were talking about how great the program was. The facilities are second to none and the instructors are top notch. I knew that there were programs in the U.S., but I wanted to go to school in Ontario because that’s eventually where I wanted to work. I established a great social network and made connections that would help me with my goal of becoming a firefighter.”


Jen Gould, February 2012

“I feel like I grew so much from being at FESTI and a big part of me feels like I was born and raised as a firefighter at FESTI. I really credit my FESTI education to the reason why I was successful in becoming a firefighter. The name FESTI is so well respected by so many fire departments that it really stood out on my resume. The paramilitary environment, the dress and décor, how the classroom runs — the general fire hall environment — ingrained everything in me from the start.”