Firefighters prevent the loss of life or property due to fire. They perform a variety of tasks including aircraft rescue, structural, wild land and shipboard firefighting, automobile extrication, hazardous material, and confined space / high-
angle rescue. Fire investigation, fire prevention and life safety inspection are also areas of expertise.
Although members of the Air Force, Firefighters may work to support Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army or Royal Canadian Air Force operations.
Firefighters provide 24 hour fire protection by working in teams that rotate responsibilities and shifts, and are supported by day staff that includes the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and Inspectors.
Firefighters may deploy away from their home base in support of military operations in Canada or abroad for up to six months.
Appropriate training, environmental clothing and equipment are provided.
The primary responsibilities of Firefighters are to :
Perform rescue, extinguishment, ventilation, overhaul, and forcible entry operations
Drive and operate all types of firefighting vehicles
Inspect and test fixed fire suppression and detection systems
Maintain fire department equipment such as ladders, hose, rope, breathing apparatus, extinguishers, personal protective equipment, and all associated rescue equipment and vehicles
Perform inspector duties, conduct inspections, and project reviews in order to make recommendations and corrective measures
Provide peer and public instruction and education
Provide helicopter rescue and damage control services as a member of a firefighting team while onboard ships
Respond as part of an Airfield Engineering Squadron
Respond to aircraft cable engagements and provide mobile arrestor gear skills
Perform emergency medical response
Basic Military Qualification
Basic occupational qualification training
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-
Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard;
as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Firefighters attend the Canadian Forces Fire Academy in Borden, Ontario. Training takes approximately 7 months and includes the following topics :
Operation of fire apparatus
Structural operations at the site of a fire
Fire and life safety practices
Aircraft rescue firefighting operations
Rescue during situations presenting special problems
Operation of portable fire extinguishers
Operation of fire apparatus ancillary equipment
Wild land operations at the site of a fire
Physical fitness standards
Hazardous material awareness
Available specialty training
Firefighters may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including :
Hazardous material incident commander
Hazardous material technician