Fire & Emergency Services

Emergency Services Technology (EST) - Courses

CAMPUS: Vermilion Campus
This is an accelerated (continuous) diploma running from February to February.
Required Courses CREDITS
FE 105 Firefighter Level I 6
This basic level course provides knowledge and skills to function as an integral member of a fire department team under direct supervision in hostile environments. Includes minimum knowledge and skill requirements for career and volunteer firefighters whose duties involve primarily structural firefighting.
FE 111 NFPA 1072 Dangerous Goods, Responder - Awareness Level 1
In this course learn to identify situations where dangerous goods are present; identify dangerous goods by name, UN/NA identification number or type placard applied; determine the fire, explosion and health hazard information for each material; learn the necessary actions to protect yourself and others and to control access to the scene and the current edition of the North American Emergency Response Guidebook; identify the appropriate initial notifications and how to make them consistent with local emergency response plans or the organization’s standard operating procedures.
FE 113 Fire Apparatus - Driving and Maintenance 2
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students with knowledge in firefighting to gain confidence in operating fire department pumpers. Drill exercises are designed to impart practical experience in effectively deploying pumping equipment under conditions often encountered on the fire ground. Prerequisites: FE 105 and valid driver's license and air brake endorsement.
FE 135 Mental Aspects of Performance 2
This course gives new students the skills they need to make the successful transition to college, regardless of their starting point.  Sessions include academic and personal strategies.  Participants will apply what they are learning to build a repertoire of techniques and a support team to help them succeed during their first year at Lakeland College.  P/F.
FE 143 Organizations 2
This course is designed to introduce students to organizations and their systems that affect Alberta's fire service. The Safety Codes Council is one organization that manages the safety related legislation within Alberta. Other topics within this course include the role of organized labour and its effect on the fire service. Specific historical incidents that have had an impact on the fire service will be discussed. Additionally, other management organization concepts are discussed such as teamwork, critical thinking, ethical issues and change agents.  P/F.
FE 157 Basic Fire Equipment 2
This basic level course provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand and maintain common equipment used within the fire service.  This includes the operational features of today's fire apparatus and portable equipment, and their maintenance requirements.  Additional topic include:  engine operation, electrical and braking systems, portable pumps, generators, powered equipment and tools, and other auxiliary equipment tools and appliances.
FE 170 Firefighter Practicum* 8
This practicum is a 160-hour supervised work experience. It allows the student to apply his/her knowledge and skills in real emergency response situations. The practicum allows the students to apply learned academic skills in a practical workplace situation under guidance, which makes them aware of the actual work environment that they have to work in. P/F. Prerequisites: FE 205, criminal record check and valid Class 5 driver’s license.
FE 180 Written Communications 2
This 36-hour course accommodates a broad range of writing skills,  When you complete it, you'll have a working knowledge of basic grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing, outlining, reports (investigative, formal, and incident) and proposals, and correspondence.  You'll be able to research your topic and present it in a suitable format to a target audience.
FE 190 Oral Communications 2
This 36-hour course equips you with a working knowledge of outlining, writing, and delivering various types of presentations.  It also teaches choosing topics, analyzing your audience, using visual aids, interviewing, and introduces the types of meeting you will encounter in the fire service and how to effectively conduct them.
FE 205 Fire Fighter Level II 4
Builds on knowledge and skills gained in FE 105 and equips student to function as a integral member of a team of equally or less experienced firefighters under general supervision. When engaged in hazardous activities, a person as this level of training maintains direct communications with a supervisor. As well as further knowledge and skills of structural firefighting, this course also covers basic vehicle extrication and rescue techniques. Prerequisite: FE 105.
FE 208 Wildland Firefighter 2
This course gives the student the basic knowledge and skills to combat a wildfire and to protect structures in wildland settings threatened by fire. The student works as a member of a team under direct supervision.  The course includes basic fire behaviour, firefighter safety, backfire and burnout techniques, water and foam delivery systems, and air operations safety. Prerequisites: 1-100 Introduction to Incident Command System; Standard First Aid and CPR Level C.
FE 211 NFPA 1072 Dangerous Goods, Responder - Operations Level 2
This course gives the student the basic knowledge and skills to predict the behaviour of both dangerous goods and their containers.  This is the only way the potential harm to life, environment and property can be estimated.  Students also learn to plan a response, protect themselves and their equipment from contamination, implement the response, monitor the incident, and evaluate the progress of the response. Prerequisite: FE 111.
FE 220 Physical Fitness 3
Develop strategies to achieve and maintain level of physical fitness that meets hiring standards of various emergency response departments and/or agencies. Basis is the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1583.
BES 362 Emergency Preparedness and Response 3
Introduces systems approach to EMS/Fire incident management. Topics include developing an incident control plan including how to assess the incident, taking control and making operational decisions, managing resource requirements in accordance with control requirements and implementing the control plan. Prerequisites: ICS100; ICS200; BEM (Basic Emergency Management).

This course is on-site at the Emergency Training Centre on Lakeland's Vermilion campus.
BES 370-1 Performance Management and Coaching 1
Provides broad concepts of performance management and coaching including overseeing work priorities of others, identifying, addressing, reviewing, developing and maintaining personal performance issues. Explore managing staff through coaching, relation between coaching and leadership, performance reviews and modelling high standards of personal performance. Prerequisites: BES 344-1, BES 355-1, BES 370-2 and BES 370-3.
BES 370-2 Organizational Behaviour 1
Covers theory of individual behaviour, values, and personality, and how elements of personality may influence organizational environment. Examine key elements related to effectiveness and organizational structure and how constructive use of conflict, politics, and power and how its relationship may affect organizational success.
BES 370-3 Team Leadership & Development 1
Examine common traits and styles of leadership, application of these competencies, leading change and how they lead effective teams and organizations. Further topics cover examination of teams, groups, and communities of practice, and look at team development issues into the future.
* Practicums are required for both specializations. While it is currently named firefighter , the course applies to both fire and emergency medical streams.
FE 1-ASCSS Fire, Introduction to Alberta Fire & Building Codes, AFC 2014 2
In this 32-hour course students familiarize themselves with and learn to apply the Alberta Fire Code and the Alberta Building Code in a complementary and coordinated way.  This is a required course for the Emergency Services Technology --Fire Specialization program.  Structures in Alberta must meet the requirements of the Alberta Fire and Building Codes.  Personnel responsible for loss prevention, facilities planning, or management in industrial, institutional or municipal settings must know the requirements of the Alberta Fire and Building Codes to determine if structures and occupancies are safe. Prerequisites: FE 1-LFSC, FE 1-BCPS, FE 1-PMSC, FE 1-CSSC, and ID #FSFSC.
FE 1-BCPS Building Construction and Protection Systems, AFC 2014 2
This 32-hour course teaches the fundamentals of building construction and fire protection systems. It focuses on those elements of building construction and fire suppression that manage the impact of fire.
FE 1-FOCD Fire, Cause Determination, AFC 2014 2
This 32-hour course gives students a basic knowledge of what is expected of investigators in the fire discipline. The course describes the physical evidence at a fire scene and develops the skills investigators need to interpret fire patterns and the physical evidence. Prerequisites: FE1-LFSC, FE1-BCPS, FE1-PMSC, FE1-CSSC, FE1-FSFSC
FE 1-FSI Fire Service Instructor Level I Part I 2
36-hour course contains theory and practical components. Covers concepts of learning and human factors in the teaching/learning environment. Develop teaching, testing and evaluation skills and conduct instruction from prepared, mostly skills-oriented material. Use fire-service topics.
FE 1-IP Investigation Procedures, AFC 2014 2
​This course gives students a blueprint for conducting a fire investigation based on specific methodology. The course covers all legal and safe aspects of evidence collection and assessment. Students learn to analyze evidence logically and prepare and present reports and recommendations to various audiences.  Prerequisite: FE 1-FOCD Fire Origin and Cause Determination, AFC 2014
FE 1-IPESC Fire, Practical Evaluation for Inspector (Practicum) 2
This 32-hour practical evaluation for Fire Inspector Level I is designed to examine whether the student has learned the inspection process taught in the Fire Inspector Level I courses. Prerequisites:  all other NFPA 1031 Level I courses.
FE 1-IPSC Inspection Procedures, AFC 2014 2
​Students address the authority and the need for an inspection program within jurisdiction, including requirements for quality management plan in this 32-hour course. Specific time spent on tank storage of flammable and combustible liquids and requirements in the Alberta Fire Code for all classes of occupancy. Prerequisite: FE 1-ASCSS, Alberta Codes and Standards, AFC 2014.
FE 1-LFSC Introduction to the Safety Codes System in Alberta 2
This 32-hour course guides you through the Safety Codes Act and Regulations and explains how the authority, responsibilities and limitations of a safety codes officer are derived from these documents. It deals with all the legalities involved with carrying out the tasks of inspection, investigation and enforcement.
FE 1-PMSC Properties of Materials, AFC 2014 2
This 32-hour course covers the physical and chemical characteristics that affect or determine degree of hazard associated with flammable and combustible metals and dusts, and compressed and liquefied gases. It also outlines the classification of dangerous goods and regulations governing storage and handling. This information is then correlated to the Alberta Fire Code and applied to inspection and enforcement tasks required of a safety codes officer.
FE 2-FSI Fire Service Instructor Level I Part 2 2
36-hour course builds on Fire Service Instructor Part I. Skills include writing learning objectives, developing lesson plans, evaluation, developing of instructional materials, and teaching techniques in adverse situations. Learn to deliver instruction (mainly lecture oriented) from own, fire service-related material.
FE 2-IPESC Practical Evaluation for Inspector, AFC 2014 2
This 32-hour practical evaluation is designed to ensure the process for the investigation of fires can be demonstrated according to general guidelines referred to both in the ​fire etc. Fire Investigator Level I courses and NFPA 921-Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. Prerequisite: FE 1-IP Investigation Procedures, AFC 2014.
FE 2-PU Fire Apparatus - Pumping Operations 2
36-hour classroom and practical course on pump operation including relay, tandem and dual pumping, portable pumps, apparatus service tests, and hydraulic calculations used in the fire service. Also discusses flow of water through large diameter hose, and single-and double-hose lays. Prerequisites: FF 113, valid driver's license and air brake endorsement.
FE 3-PU Aerial Apparatus 2
The theory and practical components of this course include types and construction of aerial apparatus, hydraulic systems on aerial devices and apparatus, operating, positioning and stabilizing aerial apparatus, strategies and tactics, elevated master streams, and aerial apparatus testing. Prerequisites: FFTS 601, valid driver's license and air brake endorsement.
RT 106 Rescue Awareness 2
This course is the prerequisite training for all the technical disciplines that fall under NFPA 1006. This course includes basic command system, rescue operations organization, surveying the scene for hazards, scene safety, personal protective equipment, rescue equipment, ground support helicopters, site operations, resource management, terminating an incident, knots, single-point anchors, rigging, as well as hauling and belaying systems. Prerequisites: FMR, EMR, Advanced First Aid (St. John's or Red Cross) or equivalent.
FE 137 Confined Space Level I 1
This course teaches the student to become proactive in rescue by recognizing the hazards of a confined space, identifying which of those hazards can be managed and taking the proper steps to safely and effectively manage the hazards through basic and advanced skill sets.  Skills that are covered include pre-planning a rescue, air monitoring, lockout/tagout, ventilation and inerting, using ICS, strategic res\\cuuce factors, safety, providing built in rescue equipment and managing the hazards of a confined space, as well as a critical discussion about accident prevention. Prerequisite: RT 100 or RT 106
FE 138 Confined Space Level II 1
This course is a continuation of FE137 Confined Space Level 1. Prerequisite: RT 100 or RT 106
FE 250 Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Program 40
Lakeland College offers this training through a contract with NAIT. EST students take NAIT’s Primary Care Paramedic program (PCP).

The program concludes with a work integrated learning module in industry.

For course details, check out NAIT's PCP courses page.

 Our curriculum matches the paramedic National Occupational Competency Profile.
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

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– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

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I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

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– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

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The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree