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Program Code: FS211 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Fire Services diploma program teaches you the theory of fire science, fire prevention, safety, and physical and mental health while working in a collaborative environment. You will gain a well-rounded education in fire services and will acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities required by fire and emergency services. You will also develop personal resilience strategies to manage the rigours of this career.

This program does not educate you to become a firefighter. If you would like information on becoming a firefighter, see our Pre-Service Firefighter program.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Design, interpret, problem-solve and modify technical projects related to fire protection.
  2. Analyze the impact of legislation, fire standards, regulations, ethics, and guidelines on the operation of fire services
  3. Use building construction documentation to evaluate safety hazards when responding to an emergency.
  4. Advocate for fire services, fire health, safety and prevention to enhance public safety and awareness.
  5. Apply relevant occupational health and safety regulations, legislation, policies and procedures, ethical principles and professional conduct in various workplaces.
  6. Apply communication, teamwork and organizational skills to enhance the quality of service in fire services.
  7. Analyze, within a Canadian context, the impact of historical practices and current trends on the operations in fire science.
  8. Ensure maintenance of one’s physical and mental health and abide by the occupational standards of the firefighting profession.
  9. Employ strategies, programs and interventions to provide help to an individual experiencing an acute mental health crisis as well as to address chronic stress related behaviours found in self and others.
  10. Apply knowledge of human rights and freedoms legislation in all verbal and written interactions.
  11. Work cooperatively in multidisciplinary teams to achieve mutual goals.
  12. Develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development to manage the rigors of a career in Emergency Services.


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The Humber Experience

We Know What It Takes

Our instructors are experienced frontline workers in the fire/ public services and are experienced educators. This expertise keeps our program current and relevant. Our commitment is to learners becoming knowledgeable, compassionate and respectful members of public service. Guest speakers and site visits will also complement and increase student knowledge and understanding.

The Right Fit

Are you willing to accept the physical, intellectual and mental demands of public safety? Do you recognize the importance of prevention and education in public safety? If you are interested in providing selfless safety and protection to your community then a rewarding career in the Fire Services could be for you.

The Humber Advantage

An Education in High Demand

The Fire Service needs individuals who can meet the critical components of Ontario’s Fire Protection and Prevention Act; Public Education, Prevention, and Protection. An understanding of the community, demographics and needs are necessary for effective public safety. Graduates have a balanced foundation to meet the varied and rigorous demands of the fire service.

Your Career

Our program will provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities towards a broad range of fire services within both public and private sectors:

Public:

  • municipal fire services such as fire inspection, life safety and public education
  • provincial ministries such as the Ministry of Natural Resources
  • federal levels such as military fire services

Private:

  • building code inspection related to fire protection
  • fire inspection
  • fire protection and safety equipment
  • insurance adjustment
  • security

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management

Graduates of the program are eligible to write provincial exams through the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. Additional fees are required for certification exams.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:

    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent) 
    • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) 
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent) or Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U or equivalent) 
    • One Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Vulnerable Sector Check

Prior to the commencement of the second year of study, students may require a vulnerable sector check. The cost is the responsibility of the student. Certain requirements including the vulnerable sector check are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program and/or securing employment. Students will be guided as they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.

Practical-based Physical Activity

Before participating in this program, students are expected to demonstrate a personal commitment to physical activity and healthy living, and possess the ability to participate in practical-based physical activity courses: resistance training, group exercise classes, cardiovascular training, plyometrics and flexibility training.

Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H Intel i5-8300H
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Contact Information

Don Lawson, program manager
416.675.6622 ext. -
don.lawson@humber.ca

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $3,760.06
  • international: $16,394.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
View Transfer Out Opportunities from this program  

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Don Lawson, program manager
416.675.6622 ext. -
don.lawson@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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