The Ontario government is strengthening fire safety training across the province by increasing access to on-site and online courses in communities where firefighters serve.
Enhancing training opportunities offered through 20 regional training centres will help local fire services better meet the needs of their community and result in cost savings for municipalities.
Building on a regionally connected system of training centres, the Office of the Fire Marshal will deliver fire safety training through a combination of in-person training and online courses.
By growing local training opportunities, municipal fire departments will not feel the economic pinch to pay for travel and costs related to overtime and shift backfills.
Since March 2020, close to 800 students have attended 61 classes offered in regional training centres.
Fifty-three online courses have been provided to 1,583 students.
Throughout Ontario, there are 441 fire departments including 32 large municipal services consisting of full-time fire personnel.