NFPA 1001 Level I-II Firefighter Training Program | In-house

New to firefighting? Let FESTI help you rise further and immerse yourself in life as a firefighter with this intensive entry-level training program. From experiencing a real burning building to learning how to extinguish vehicles, you’ll get hands-on experience with the most exhilarating parts of being a firefighter, all in a well-designed, safe environment helmed by expert instructors.

Program Details:

This course is delivered as an intense, 18-week (85 days), in-class program, on-site within our sophisticated training facility and fire ground. You learn from the same professional fire instructors who train our own firefighters. As well, we have an extensive, associate instructor program comprised of over 80 professional firefighters, officers, and subject-matter experts.

As a student, you have your own training wing built like a traditional Firehall. Including a training room, change rooms, apparatus bay and structural pumper. Just like a recruit firefighter, you will be responsible for cleaning your Firehall, repacking your fire truck and daily inspections of all fire apparatus equipment.

You’ll spend over 50% of your time developing hands-on skills, as you respond to fire scenarios in our burn house and rescue tower.  You will climb ladders, perform search and rescue, practice firefighting survival, perform auto extrication, extinguish vehicle fires, fight flammable liquid fires, and extinguish structural fires, all while developing the theoretical knowledge you need to pass all required exams.


Requirements & Qualifications:

Minimum program application requirements *:

  1. 18+ years of age
  2. Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR pass a qualifying Canadian Adult Achievement Test
  3. Completed Medical Screening Form
  4. Standard First Aid CPR Level “C” with AED or First Aid BLS issued by a recognized provider – must be valid for the entire duration of the course

Special Note(s):

* Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

** Please note, FESTI is not OSAP approved. For the In-house stream, we offer a four split-payment options [deposit to secure your spot on the course, and three additional smaller payments], or a one time payment due 30 days prior to selected course serial start date.

*** In-house course runs for 18 weeks, Monday – Friday, 08 AM – 4:00 PM.


Special Considerations:

Entering the vocation of firefighting is a very competitive process and different departments and municipalities have different entry requirements.  FESTI recommends that you familiarize yourself with the entry-to-practice requirements for any department or private organization you apply to.

To be eligible for consideration for employment in a fire department within the Ontario fire service, the following may be required:

  1. Possess visual acuity uncorrected to 20/30 in each eye without corrective lenses
  2. Have a normal colour vision – passes Ishihara Test acceptable – passes Farnsworth D-15
  3. Have depth perception and peripheral vision that is safe for firefighting
  4. Have prescribed normal unaided hearing – hearing thresholds no greater than 30 decibels in each ear at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz, and no significant loss in higher frequencies 
  5. Meet medical standards free of Acrophobia and Claustrophobia

Although a class DZ Ontario driver’s license is not required for the program, it is required for employment with an Ontario Fire Service. Contact the Ontario Ministry of Transport for further information on obtaining the license.

While FESTI does not require medical screening or assessment for applicants to our programs, we do recommend you review these requirements and consult a physician for eligibility.  Furthermore, due to the strenuous physical demands of the firefighter, it is strongly recommended that applicants acquire and maintain an advanced level of physical fitness including cardiovascular and upper body strength prior to the start of the program

Program includes:

  • NFPA 1001 – FFI and FFII Course
  • NFPA 1072 – Awareness and Operations Course
  • NFPA 1006, Chapter 5 – Technical Rescuer Course
  • Red Cross – Emergency Medical Responder Course
  • FESTI Uniform
  • Course Materials
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Yours to Keep)
    • Helmet
    • Flash hood
    • Firefighting Gloves
    • Rope Rescue Gloves
    • Firefighting Boots
    • Gear bag
  • Firefighter Protective Clothing: Bunker Gear Pants and Coat – Rental
  • Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) exam fees
    • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I
    • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level II
    • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Operations
    • NFPA 1006, Chapter 5 – Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications
  • Mandatory orientation day prior to the course start

What’s NOT included

  • Meals
  • Accommodations – there are no onsite room/board facilities at FESTI
  • You will be required to purchase your own Black CSA-approved safety boots to be worn onsite at FESTI

Graduation Requirements:

  • To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 70% average and complete all required practical skill signoffs.

Your Achievements:

After successful completion of the program, you’ll have the basic knowledge and practical skills that make you firefighting ready, as well as the kind of dedication and professionalism that fire chiefs and fire officers look for in a recruit firefighter.

During the final week of the program, you’ll take the Office of the Fire Marshal’s (OFM) Provincial exam and practical skills assessment which is proctored at FESTI. Upon successful completion, you’ll receive IFSAC Seals and an application for Pro Board Seals in recognition of your having achieved the:

  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level II
  • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Operations
  • NFPA 1006, Chapter 5 – Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications

* Pro Board Applications not included

Additionally, you receive Internationally recognized Accreditation from the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Program Cost

Non-refundable application fee:  $150

* Please Note: all transfers are subject to an additional $150 processing fee

TOTAL PROGRAM COST: $15,510.10 which includes HST, certification exam fees, firefighting gear, structural firefighters protective clothing rental, uniform, and course materials

** Please note, FESTI is not OSAP approved. For the In-house program, we offer a four split-payment option [a deposit to secure your spot on the course, and three subsequent payments], or a one time payment due 30 days prior to selected course serial start date.

***You will be required to purchase your own Black CSA-approved safety boots – approx. cost $100-$150

The Propeller Project

We want to have a positive impact in the communities around us. That is why we invest in community-building initiatives through the Propeller Project, our community investment program. 

Within our two funding streams; Uplift and Nest, we support organizations and projects working in local neighborhoods to create stronger, healthier and happier communities.

Use the form below to register for our 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on 27 November 2022 in-house session where you can have an application filled and submitted while on-site:

FESTI | propeller project presentation

  • Your first name
  • Your Last Name
  • The Name of the Agency servicing your Community in the context of the Propeller Project.

Scheduled Dates [effective: 11 August 2022]

Note: For returning applicants who want to check the status of their application please log in to your FESTI account to check the status of your vocation application. It is the fastest way to confirm your application status instead of calling in your status application questions.

Our plan for the training year 2022 – 2023 as far as the In-house program is as follows:

Course SerialStart DateGraduation DateCourse Capacity
23-012023-01-092023-05-1025 | [sold out]
23-022023-04-032023-08-2525 | [near sold out]
In-house Program Training Year 2022 – 2023

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