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Southwest Fire Academy

36 Hazel Street, Waubaushene, Waubaushene ON

Possible funding to those who qualify*

  • Second Career
  • Loans
  • Grants
  • Bursaries
  • Scholarships


Programs offered at each campus may vary, so be sure to check other campus offerings for the course you are most interested in.

Skilled Trades, Auto, Fire Programs

  • Southwest Fire Academy offers an NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I&II training program that is approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. At the end of the program, the successful student will participate in testing provided by the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Office for IFSAC certification in:

    • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I
    • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level II
    • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Operations

    In order to be eligible to write the OFMEM certification testing and attend the Bootcamp portion you must have a valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level HCP.

    Our course is broken down into two components:

    1. Classroom / Computer based learning at the SFA Campus - This component can be done on your schedule. We have sessions scheduled multiple times per month throughout the week and weekends.
    2. Firefighter boot camp - During your two week boot camp you will be training, working and living with fellow students in a fire station environment. In addition to training, students will be expected to respond to mock emergencies at any moment, day or night. 

    Classroom / Computer Based Learning (115 Hours):
    Upon enrollment, students will be mailed the IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 7th edition and the IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders textbook and online course access.  

    This component of the core program is completed at the SFA campus prior to the student starting their bootcamp.  During the 115 hours at the campus, you will complete online tests, equipment orientation, basic firefighter skills and have time for self-study.

    Firefighter Boot Camp:
    Students will live and work together and the only way to succeed is to embrace the team atmosphere.  Although challenging, the experience and friendships you will create will last a lifetime!

Southwest Fire Academy

The Future of First Response, Southwest Fire Academy is home to instructors ranging from Chief Officers to Firefighters, from rural departments to the largest urban centers in Canada.

*All student funding, whether made available privately or through various government branches, is only approved to those who qualify, by the original source of funding. There are many criteria that each candidate must meet to be approved. Schools can only inform you of what may be available.