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Firefighters protect the public from the dangers of fire and other hazards by controlling and putting out fires. They also provide pre-hospital care after rescuing people, respond to dangerous goods incidents, maintain equipment, practice fire prevention and provide emergency paramedical services. (alis) They are employed by municipal, provincial and federal governments and by large industrial establishments that have internal firefighting services (National Occupational Classification).
Forest firefighters use a variety of tactics to suppress, control and prevent forest fires. They might also be involved in first aid, wildland rescue operations, natural resource management and maintenance. Forest fire fighters work for logging companies, contractors, and the government. (ECO Canada)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta information:
- Manitoba Aboriginal Health Careers - Success Stories (video) - Fire Medic
- A Day in the Life of a Firefighter - from The Princeton Review
- Sokanu: Firefighter - occupational profile and videos
- Firefighter career profile - information and video from the Canadian Armed Forces
- Interview: Firefighter - from StudyinCanada.com
- Let's Talk Science career profiles:
- Forest Firefighter profile - Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada
- Careers in Wildland Fire - U.S. Forest Service
- A day in the life of a forest firefighter - podcast and text interview from the U.S. NPR
- I want to be an aerial firefighter. What will my salary be? - career and salary information from The Globe and Mail Salary Series
The University of Manitoba does not offer firefighter training. The University of Manitoba does provide Fire Paramedic Service Assessments. Please view the links below for more information about training and employment. If you are a University of Manitoba student who would like assistance determining an education plan that suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant.
Exploring Education Options
- Join Our Team (see Firefighter Application Manual) - Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service
- International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)
- Forest firefighting training in Ontario (scroll to view college programs) - Ontario Government
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Explore Careers: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Canadian Fire Department Profile, 2014-2016 (pdf) - facts and figures on fire departments and career and volunteer firefighters - February 2018 National Fire Protection Association
- United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg Collective Agreement (select link and refer to Appendix 1) - City of Winnipeg
- Compensation Disclosure Report (select link and refer to the Fire Paramedic Service section) - City of Winnipeg
- Salary and benefits of a firefighter - from Calgary Fire Department
- Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Senior Officers' Association Collective Agreement (select link and refer to Salary Schedule) - City of Winnipeg
- Canadian Occupational Projection System - Firefighters and non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
- International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) - Canadian Chapter
- Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs
- United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg - Local 867 of the IAFF
- Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC)
- Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Manitoba District Map - Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner (refer to PDF link)
- Association of Manitoba Municipalities - view map or directory
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