Firefighter EMR Training

Firefighter & EMR

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The Flexible Training Option

The Blended Firefighter and EMR Program allows firefighting students to take the theory portion of their firefighter training online instead of in class. In addition to completing the theoretical learning at your own pace, you can now complete the firefighter training online at your own place as well. Students wishing to become firefighter-medics are given one year to complete their Fire Training Online. The practical firefighting and Emergency Medical Responder training component is now offered in a condensed format which includes practicum station placements. This program can be completed in as little as 6 weeks! (not including the pre-requisite online training)

Be sure to visit the Course Calendar to see when practical components will be taking place.

2 Part Program

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CFRC Firefighter I&II - Online

  • Provides you with the basic theoretical knowledge of firefighting
  • Meets the theory learning requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 and 1072 standards
  • You can register and begin the firefighter training program at any time, no registration deadlines or set class dates
  • No due dates! You can complete the firefighter training program at your own pace
  • Interactive visual and audio learning aids developed in partnership with Action Training Systems Inc.
  • You must purchase the required firefighter training textbook for this program. Textbooks are available in print or electronic versions.
  • Try out our sample course in the student portal to make sure this training works for you.

CFRC Firefighter & EMR - Practical Component

  • Must successfully complete the CFRC Firefighter I&II - Online firefighter program before attending
  • There are admission requirements to this program. Completion of an application package and acceptance into the program is required.
  • Involves in-person demonstration and instruction of firefighting and Emergency Medical Responder skills
  • Fight real fire inside buildings, vehicles, and outdoors. Perform vehicle extrication, Hazardous Materials Response... and more!
  • Apply your firefighting skills to actual 911 calls! Yes, the CFRC encourages students to respond to emergencies with the local Fire Department. Firefighting students are under the supervision of instructors, but are expected to perform the full duties of a firefighter while on calls.
  • Stay at the fire station. Accommodations are included with tuition. You will be staying at one of two fire stations.
  • Receive Pro-Board testing. If successful, you will receive Pro-Board certifications for NFPA 1001 levels I&II, and NFPA 1072 Awareness and Operations levels.
  • The NAIT Emergency Medical Responder option is an approved training provider designated by the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACoP). Successful students will be eligible to register for COPR examinations and become licensed in the province of Alberta. Once registered with the ACoP, students may apply and register with other provincial regulators, including the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP), and the Manitoba College of Paramedics (MCoP). The NAIT program is longer and more expensive than the ZEL program, but students can utilize the free accomodations provided by the CFRC, and travel to and from their campus in Edmonton is more manageable. This option is ideal for candidates that wish to register for licensing in the province of Alberta (although successful graduates can still register elsewhere). The NAIT program also has special pre-requisites that must be met in order to apply including: English 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent, Math 10 Pure or 20-1 or equivalent or Math 20 Applied or 20-2 or equivalent, and Biology 30 or equivalent.
  • The ZEL Safety Services Emergency Medical Responder option is an approved training provider designated by the SCoP. Successful students will be eligible to register for COPR examinations and become licensed in the province of Saskatchewan. Once registered with the SCoP, students may apply and register with other provincial regulators, including the ACoP, and the MCoP. This course is more inexpensive, and quite a bit faster to obtain than the program offered through NAIT, however students will need to arrange for their own accomodations and travel to and from their campus in North Battleford. This option is ideal for candidates that wish to register for licensing in the province of Saskatchewan (although successful graduates can still register elsewhere - including Alberta), and students on a tight budget or timetable. The ZEL program also has no special pre-requisites, whereas the NAIT program does.

Firefighter I&II Course Syllabus

(EMR component will vary depending on location option chosen)

Application Package

The application package for this program must be completed and approved before you will be permitted access to the tuition payment screen.

Application Package

Register and begin your online training at any time!


Four NFPA Levels Covered

This firefighter education program provides students with the knowledge needed to become professional firefighters. The firefighter training course features interactive learning material that helps students understand content better and top notch fire service instructors who help firefighting students learn the best way to fight fire. Experienced Fire Service Instructors are available through the Moodle learning platform to assist students regularly during the online portion of their firefighter training as well. There are four National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) levels covered in this two part firefighter training course including firefighter 1 and 2 certification online, they are:

  • NFPA 1001 Level I - Basic Professional Firefighter Qualification
  • NFPA 1001 Level II - Advanced Professional Firefighter Qualification
  • NFPA 1072 Awareness - Awareness Level Hazardous Materials Response
  • NFPA 1072 Operations - Operations Level Hazardous Materials Response

Pro Board Accredited and COPR Approved

In order to receive the opportunity to be tested by the Pro Board®, firefighting students must complete the practical component of their Firefighter Training on site in addition to the successful completion of the Fire Training Online portion of the firefighter training program.

For further information regarding the Pro Board®, visit

The Emergency Medical Responder component of the program is delivered in partnership with ACoP and SCoP approved training providers. Successful students will be eligible to register for COPR examinations and become licensed in Alberta, Saskatchewan and/or Manitoba via direct or labour mobility license registration.

Online learning tutorial

Take a look at our learning tutorial here and see what its like taking online courses in the video above, or try out our demo course which is available in our


Feel free to create an account for free, and try out our online training first hand before you pay for it.

7 STEPS to Success



Do some research into what firefighting job you want, and what the Firefighter Training requirements are. Ensure that the firefighter education you choose is what you need.




The Canadian Fire Rescue College offers several Firefighter Training education options for you to choose from. Pick a firefighter training program that will meet your future job requirements, and your current lifestyle.




Make sure that the firefighter training course you are interested in is running on dates that work for you. Be aware of registration deadlines and locations as well.




Once you have picked the firefighter training course that will work best for you. Click the Application Package button. Students are not permitted to pay any fees until an application package has been submitted and approved.




When your application package has been received, you will receive a copy of it with a password for the tuition payment web page on the cover. Click the Tuition Payment button, and you will be taken to the products page. Select the Firefighter Training course you would like to register and make necessary payments. If you need financial assistance, visit our financial options page.




Once you have paid for your Firefighter Training course, you will receive a login instructions document via email. Login to your firefighting training course, and get to learning! You have one year to complete the firefighter 1 and 2 certification online portion of the program. You will need this certification in order to attend a practical firefighting training session. Make sure you review the course syllabus, and attend course dates listed on the course calendar, which is also available in your student portal.

Firefighter EMR Training Program