Introduction To Firefighting Training

What is the purpose of the program?

To train community fire fighters to the community’s approved level of service. The School of Community Government in collaboration with the Office of the Fire Marshall (OFM) and College of the Rockies offers firefighter training that will meet the assessed needs of the community.


What are the objectives of the program?

To provide community fire fighters with the skills and knowledge required to adequately perform their respective roles and responsibilities within the fire service.


Where and Why?

Community based fire fighter training is available to all local fire departments and is based on the community’s adopted level of service and established training plan. Training is provided by accredited fire service instructors.


What training is available to my Community?

All available training is applicable to a Community’s defined level of fire service and is based on NFPA 1001 curriculum and aligns with the NWT Fire Protection Matrix; see below link.


Where can my community go for help?

Contact your regional Assistant Fire Marshall (AFM) for more information and assistance; or visit the MACA’s website for Community Fire Protection information.




Council Orientation to Fire Protection

MACA is available to deliver a community orientation session on recommended fire protection measures and best practices for establishing and maintaining a local fire protection service.


Fire Safety Education

MACA is available to provide training and support to local fire educators with program planning, development and implementation.


Scene Security and Safety Training

This training consists of basic supervisory skills and knowledge in hazard assessment, incident scene management and personnel accountability. Training is available for local fire fighters and individuals responsible for securing and managing a structural fire incident with non-intervention actions. Includes components of NFPA 1021 Professional Fire Officer Standard; and Incident Command System (ICS) Canada


This is a 1 day, 6 hours course: 4.5 hours of instruction and 1.5 hours of practical testing.


Defensive Firefighter Part I, II and III

Training consists of basic knowledge and skills in exterior firefighting operations.  Duties are performed from the exterior of the structure and away from areas that may be immediately dangerous to life and health. Includes safe response, scene security and exposure protection activities. The course consists of a standardized set of modules and practical skills based on NFPA 1001 training standards.


Defensive Firefighting Part I:

Topics includes:

  • Firefighter Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fire Behavior
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Communications
  • Incident Command System

This is a 3-day, 18-hour course: 11.5 hours of instruction and 7 hours of practical testing.

Defensive Firefighting Part II

Prerequisite: Community Based Defensive 1

Training includes:

  • Response and Size-up
  • Water Supply
  • Pump Operations
  • Attack Lines & Foam
  • Fire Suppression
  •  Extreme Cold weather Operations

This is a 3.5-day, 25.5-hour course: 15 hours of instruction and 10.5 hours of practical testing.


Defensive Firefighting Part III

Prerequisite: Community Based Defensive 1 and 2

Training includes:

  • SCBA
  • Ladders
  • Firefighter Rehabilitation
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Hazmat Awareness

This is a 3-day, 25-hour course: 14 hours of instruction and 11 hours of practical instruction/testing.


Advanced Offensive Training:

Prerequisite: Standard Defensive part 1, 2 and 3 training.

Training consists of basic knowledge and skills for exterior and interior firefighting operations. The course consists of a standardized set of modules and skills based on NFPA 1001 standards.

  • Ropes and Knots
  • Building Construction
  • Forcible Entry
  • Search and Rescue
  • Ventilation
  • Firefighter Survival
  • Salvage and Overhaul



Professional- NFPA 1001

Additional modules include:

Prerequisite: Standard Defensive 1, 2, 3 and Advanced Offensive Training.

The NFPA 1001 Online Program is offered to departments seeking a professional level of fire service. Students work through the theory online and are taught the required practical skills in house by their own department. The Program covers the entire NFPA 1001 Program. Students must attend three separate skill testing and evaluation sessions in order demonstrate their competency. Students have to pass all written tests required for NFPA 1001. 


  • History and Orientation of Fire Service
  • Wildland and Ground Fires
  • Assisting special recuse teams
  • Pre-incident planning
  • Fire Cause Determination
  • Fire Detection, Protection and Suppression Systems
  • Vehicle Rescue and Extrication
  • Hazardous Materials Operations

For any additional Fire Protection training follow the earlier link given “Where can a community go for help”. Your Assistant Fire Marshall can guide you from there.