Top reasons future firefighters complete their training at JIBC


Students who are accepted into JIBC’s Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) program come with varying degrees of knowledge and experience with essential firefighting skills. But a remarkable transformation occurs with every graduate who completes the program.

“By the end of the FFTC program, each graduate has become exceptionally proficient with the skills they need to earn their NFPA [National Fire Protection Association] qualifications,” said Richard White, a retired assistant fire chief and JIBC’s Coordinator of Firefighter Programs. “They are ready to serve as professional firefighters in the community.”

Just how effective the program prepares JIBC grads was illustrated in the fall of 2015, when a group of FFTC students, a few days away from completing their hands-on training, helped save the life of a teenager involved in a major motor vehicle crash in Maple Ridge.

“The training really paid off,” said Lance Masocol, from FFTC Class 3. “We got on scene and we didn’t even have to think about what we needed to do; we just knew what we had to do. That’s one of the things I gained going through the program.”


Get extensive, hands-on, live-fire training

The FFTC is an update to JIBC’s longstanding Career Fire Fighter Pre-Employment Certificate Program. Launched in 2014, the FFTC responds to the evolving needs of the Fire Service and provides graduates with the firefighting skills and accreditations they need to be sought after candidates in the highly competitive recruitment process. Offered in a blended format, the program combines online learning with essential hands-on firefighting training.

“I decided to attend JIBC’s new program after hearing about the calibre of firefighting candidate JIBC produces,” said Sean Campbell, a graduate in Class 1 of the FFTC Program who has been involved in marine search and rescue for the past few years and was recently hired by Port Coquitlam Fire & Rescue Services. “The new program was great because you are on the drill square every day, all day. The training officers you meet give you advice that can make starting your career that much closer. And the online portion was a breeze. The system was easy to use and made learning very easy.”




Access Western Canada’s premier firefighting training facility


An essential element of the program is the practical, hands-on training students complete over seven weeks with experienced firefighters and training officers at JIBC’s Maple Ridge Campus, one of Western Canada’s most extensive firefighting training facilities.

“JIBC offers a much more hands-on experience than other schools, and I think that is a great advantage when you are trying to learn this specific profession, which is very physical in nature,” said Jacob Woronuik, a graduate in Class 1 of the FFTC program who is now a member of the Surrey Fire Service. “And as we all realized, JIBC also offers other great opportunities, like the One World Scholarship.”

Learn from experienced leaders in the field


Cody DiSalvo, an FFTC graduate from Ontario in Class 3 of the Program who has always wanted to be a firefighter, noted:

“I was originally planning to go to another school, but upon doing more research, I felt being a JIBC student would benefit me. The elements that stood out most were the instructors and my fellow classmates. JIBC’s instructors alone are the reason any aspiring firefighter should attend the FFTC program. By far, they are some of the best role models I’ve had. My fellow classmates are all great individuals and will all make great firefighters. Overall, I miss the program every day, waking up at 5 a.m. with a huge smile on my face knowing I’ll get to spend my day with some of the best people I’ve met so far.”

Arseni Ourov, from FFTC Class 4 added:

“I decided to complete the program because I felt it was the best school for me to gain the firefighting knowledge and skills I need. One of the things that stood out for me was how professional everyone was and how awesome the campus was and all the props we got to practice on. I thought the program was excellent and it prepared me for my road to becoming a firefighter.”

Apply today for one of several intakes each year of the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate Program. For more information, such as upcoming application deadlines and other application requirements, please visit the FFTC webpage or contact the Fire & Safety Division at

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