Once you become a member of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, training occurs at every stage of your career.

We use both classroom and hands-on practical training to teach core areas and a variety of special programs such as dangerous goods and technical rescues on an ongoing basis. 

Firefighter Recruit Training Program

New recruits receive at least 14 weeks of training to develop competencies in core areas including fire suppression, emergency medical services first response, vehicle extrication, technical rescue and dangerous goods response. Recruit training occurs when new personnel are hired.

Topics covered:

  • Orientation and safety
  • Fire behaviour
  • Building construction
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • Extinguishers
  • Ropes and knots
  • Search and rescue
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Forcible entry
  • Ladders
  • Ventilation
  • Water supply and basic pump operation
  • Fire hose
  • Fire streams
  • Fire control and flashover
  • Salvage and overhaul
  • Protecting evidence and fire cause determination
  • Static and swift water rescue training
Frontline Firefighter Training

Firefighters are provided with advanced, refresher and re-certification training in core areas on an ongoing basis.

Topics covered:

  • Live fire scenarios
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Incident Command refresher
  • Technical rescue
  • Dangerous goods
  • Safety Officer roles
  • Wildland fires
  • Flashover
  • Ventilation
  • Driving
  • Apparatus operations
  • Rehabilitation Sector Officers
  • Rapid intervention
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  • First response medical aid
  • Static and swift water rescue training
  • Firefighter survival techniques
  • Firefighter core competencies

Teams of firefighters are trained to perform specialty operations including technical rescue, dangerous goods response, and river and river ice rescue.

Technical Rescue
Eighteen to 20 members of each platoon are trained in technical rescue involving rope rescue, confined space rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue and some water rescue. Technical rescue training occurs on a quarterly basis with testing completed annually.

Hazardous Materials
The HAZMAT team consists of approximately 120 specifically trained firefighters that serve all of northern Alberta. The team responds to incidents involving unknown substance spills, volatile or hazardous material spills, illegal drug labs, as well as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agent releases.

The 10-week dangerous goods training program consists of classroom lectures, incident scenarios, industry visits and practical training with live fire and product at Fire ETC, the fire training school in Vermilion.

River and River Ice Rescue
At least 20 firefighters per platoon are trained to participate on the river and river ice rescue teams. The river rescue team receives training in boat and rescue operations through classroom, dry land and river practical sessions.  

Rescue training covers topics including site assessment, operational planning and self, throw, reach and go rescues. Boat operations training is based on Canadian Boating regulations and includes vehicle inspection and safety, launching and loading, and watercraft operation.  A watercraft operator requires 20 to 24 hours of training with annual recertification required.

Senior Firefighter and Officer Training

Senior firefighters and officers eligible for promotion receive 5 to 6 weeks of training.

Topics covered:

  • Station and Chief Officer roles and responsibilities
  • Leadership skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Time management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Media relations
  • Incident Command
  • Safety codes
  • Station and fire district routines
  • Computer skills
  • Emergency planning
  • Legal issues
  • Customer service
  • Diversity and ethical training
  • Occupational health and safety issues
  • Fire prevention and investigation