Fire & Emergency Services - Training

Fire & Emergency Services - Training Division                                                                                                                                Fire Department 
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The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services Training Division is responsible for providing our firefighters with the required training to safely and efficiently perform the duties within our scope of services. This is accomplished by use of our Firefighter Training Program.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services Firefighter Training Program can be broken down into 6 different sections;

  • Recruit Firefighter Training
  • Firefighter Maintenance Training Curriculum
  • Patient Care Training
  • Specialized Training & Courses
  • Officer Development
  • New Equipment & Skills Training

In order to achieve the training outlined above, our firefighters meet at a minimum of 2 hours per week.

Each new recruit that joins the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services will undergo 150 hours of initial training. This training program is in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association Standard for firefighter qualifications. Upon successful completion of the recruit training program, our new firefighters will be eligible to respond to emergency calls.

Once each new recruit has completed the Recruit Training Program, and is eligible to respond to emergency calls, their training does not stop there. All our active firefighters perform nearly 100 hours of regularly scheduled maintenance training each year.  This curriculum was developed from key topics outlined by the International Fire Service Training Association. 

Fire services across the province work very closely with paramedic services to provide the highest level of emergency medical care. Because of this, all our firefighters are certified in First Aid by the Heart & Stroke Foundation, as well as CPR & Defibrillator through a regional Defib program. In addition, we hold full-day emergency patient care courses to focus on traumatic injuries.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services also responds to emergencies along the Niagara River Parkway, Queenston Quarry, and any other areas where steep elevation is present.  Because of this, we have a specialized rope rescue team. This team is comprised of  firefighters who have received extensive training in rope rescue systems, rappelling, and patient care, to be able to safely and successfully help someone from a steep and dangerous location. This team practices monthly with scenario-based drills in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association standard for technical rope rescue.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services also offers our members the opportunity to advance their skills by offering a chance to attend specialized training courses. These are taught off-site by instructors from all over the province, which include such topics as Aircraft Fire & Rescue, Auto Extrication, Live Fire scenarios, and Firefighter Survival training. Our firefighters then share their newfound knowledge with the other members of our department.

In order to maintain safety and organization, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services uses a ranking structure to identify our supervisors with various officer designations. These individuals are our supervisory staff while operating at an incident scene ensuring the safety of our firefighters as well as the members of the public. Since this is such an important role, our officers are offered professional development courses in addition to the regularly scheduled maintenance training, to refine their skills and knowledge as an officer.

With the fire service being an ever-evolving profession, new tools and equipment are continuously being introduced to aid firefighters in efficiency and safety while performing their scope of services. These new tools and equipment require additional training to be able to understand how to use them in a safe and controlled manner, so our firefighters are fully prepared to use them when the emergency arises.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services is proud of our 110 volunteer firefighters, and we thank them for their dedication to training and emergency responses to provide the highest level of service to our community we possibly can.