Firefighter Training

This section will list several of the training courses that Firefighters must undertake during their time in the department. The majority of this training begins within the first year of becoming a member.

These are just a few of the training courses that firefighters must undertake to help keep your community safe.  Most of the courses that are listed below are conducted on weekends and evenings outside of our normal department training nights each Tuesday.  Each Tuesday evening between 7:00-9:00pm, Firefighters and Officers conduct in-house theory and practical training on a wide variety of topics.

Please navigate the training section of the website by clicking the sub-menus to the left under Firefighter Training.

Sources Used :

Red Cross

St. John’s Ambulance

N.S. Firefighter’s School

Wikipedia (Thermal Imaging Cameras)

Dept of Natural Resources

EHS Lifeflight

Basic First Aid & CPR

Before applying to the department, potential members must obtain their Emergency First Aid and CPR certificate.  Once they become a member, they must continue their training and remain certified in Basic First Aid and CPR.  Basic First Aid and CPR is approximately 8 hours of training and contains the following course modules :

  1. Emergency Scene Management
  2. Shock, Unconsciousness and Fainting
  3. Choking (Adult)
  4. Cardiovascular Emergencies and One-Rescuer CPR (Adult casualty)
  5. Severe Bleeding

Medical First Responder

Due to the nature of calls within our community, most firefighters will advance to the next level of medical training available, the Medical First Responder.  The 5 day course is taught by Paramedics or Red Cross/St John’s Ambulance certified instructors.  The course contains training in the following areas :

The emergency scene


Special populations

Preventing disease transmission

Soft tissue injuries


Human body systems

Musculoskeletal injuries

Crisis intervention


Head and spine injuries

Reaching and moving people

Respiratory emergencies

Chest, abdominal, and pelvic injuries

Multiple casualty incidents

Airway and ventilation

Sudden illnesses

Communications and transportation

Circulatory emergencies


Oxygen Administraton


Heat- and cold-related emergencies

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)


Firefighter Level I

Firefighter I introduces the novice firefighter to the basics of firefighting as per NFPA 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications and Hazardous Materials Awareness per NFPA 472 Standard for Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents. Student performance will be evaluated at each course level with written and often practical exams. The culmination will be the Nova Scotia Fire Services Professional Qualifications Boards Firefighter I Certification Exam.  Methods of instruction will include classroom theory as well as skill oriented “hands on” sessions.  Course instruction time is approximately 21 days spread out over several weekends.  Courses Include :




Fire Control


Forcible Entry

Suppression Systems

Fire Behaviour

Ground Ladders

Loss Control

Building Construction


Protecting Evidence

Protective Equipment

Water Supply

Intro to HazMat

Portable Extinguishers

Fire Hose

Ops at HazMat

Ropes and Knots

Fire Streams



Firefighter Level II

Fire Fighter II is aimed at teaching the student how to function safely and effectively as an integral member of a fire fighting team. Successful students will be trained to perform fire fighting activities on emergency scenes with general supervision, as well requiring the student to maintain direct communication with a supervisor.  Methods of instruction will include classroom theory as well as skill oriented “hands on” sessions. The culmination will be the Nova Scotia Fire Services Professional Qualifications Boards Firefighter II Certification Exam.  Course instruction time is approximately 5-6 weekends.  Courses include advanced training in many of the Firefighter I techniques as well as training in new areas :


Building Construction

Liquid Propane Gas Incident Control

Fire Prevention Education


Fire Control


Water Supply

Suppression Systems

Vehicle Extrication

Fire Hose

Protecting Evidence

Fire Streams


Uniacke & District Volunteer Fire Department
654 Highway #1
PO Box 44
Mt. Uniacke NS   B0N 1Z0
Ph: (902) 866-2828
Fax: (902) 866-4696


Thermal Imaging Camera

A Thermal Imaging Camera (known as a TIC) is a type of thermographic camera used in firefighting. By rendering infrared radiation as visible light, such cameras allow firefighters to see areas of heat through smoke, darkness, or heat-permeable barriers. Thermal imaging cameras are typically handheld, but may be helmet-mounted. They are constructed using heat and water-resistant housings, and ruggedized to withstand the hazards of fireground operations. While they are expensive pieces of equipment, their popularity and adoption by firefighters in Canada and the United States is increasing markedly due to the increased availability of government equipment grants following the September 11 attacks in 2001. Thermal imaging cameras pick up body heat, and they are normally used in cases where people are trapped where rescuers cannot find them.  Course instruction time is typically 1.5 days and includes theory and practical applications.

Wildland Fire Training

Developed by the N.S. Department of Natural Resources to provide basic fire suppression training that enables firefighters to safely and effectively manage forest fires. Training consists of a 4 hour classroom component and a 4 hour practical component.

PART 1 – Online Component 
•Fireline Organization
•Fundamentals of Forest Fire Control
•Effects of Weather, Topography, and Fuels on Fire Behavior
•Forest Fire Suppression Tools
•Forest Fire Suppression
•Personal Safety
PART 2 – Practical Component 
•Tool Box & Hand Tools
•Hose Handling Techniques
•Use of Class A Foam

Landing Zone Officer (LZO)

This is a 3-4 hour course conducted by the Pilots and Critical Care Flight Paramedics that are part of the EHS Lifeflight Team.  EHS Lifeflight operates a helicopter and fixed wing aircraft for emergency patient and intra-hospital transport within the province of Nova Scotia.  During the LZO course, firefighters, paramedics, police and other first responders are trained in aircraft safety, landing zone selection and security, helicopter landing procedures and crash response.  This training allows firefighters to assist with landing the helicopter directly at a scene to provide immediate critical patient care and transport to a hospital.  Most commonly for firefighters, car accidents with severe patient injury may lead to a patient being transported by the EHS Lifeflight helicopter.