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Professional Firefighter / Paramedic Training - Your career awaits you at the Manitoba Emergency Services College

The Public Program Area

A demanding and challenging career as a firefighter or paramedic awaits graduates of the Public Fire Paramedic Program Diploma - Public Program of the Manitoba Emergency Services College.

This program area is designed to train firefighters and paramedics by giving them the ultimate access to the best tools, equipment and instructors. This program has a 20 year history of providing a training experience like no other in emergency services. Graduates of this program are the preferred professionals for many career departments.

Public Program Area’s Most Asked Questions:

Q:  What is the program I take in order to work as a full time firefighter?
A:  The Public Fire Paramedic Program (PFPP) gives you complete firefighter and paramedic credentials to enter into a career in the emergency service.

Q:  Why should I take both firefighting/paramedic (PFPP) if I want a career in firefighting only?
A:  Today Emergency Services require  that individuals are cross-trained in order to be able to fill many roles.  For example; rescue – where you must both extricate and extract a victim, while continuously providing patient care.

Q:  Can I have a career as a paramedic if I take tge Public Fire Paramedic Program?
A:  Each service has different requirements. Check with the department where you are seeking employment.  Note that these requirements can change periodically.  Today, paramedics are also trained to operate in a variety of environments including rescue and hazardous materials.

Q:  How do I apply?
A:  Refer to the Public Fire Paramedic Program (PFPP) Diploma portion of this website. Application forms must be printed from the Public Programs Brochure. Print and read the brochure for important information on fees, admission requirements and testing procedures. Improper applications will be returned without notice.

Our one-of-a-kind practical training site and our disciplined approach to teamwork make us unique. Students are involved in the operation of a working emergency services department. Students train with the equipment and are given time to achieve their skills and become proficient at their jobs. Scenario based training over the length of the course makes you confident, capable and safe.

Together with our partners we have achieved the credentials necessary to develop, support, and accredit a wide range of training programs. We pass on our capability and quality to you.

Why Choose Us

The Manitoba Emergency Services College is steadfast in its commitment to course participants to supply consistent, quality education. We ensure our students are both mentally and physically ready to face the challenges of being a career firefighter or paramedic through many hours of face to face interaction and skill repetition. Each instructor on staff has been involved in their respective fields of expertise for a minimum of 10 years and are dedicated to preparing students in becoming confident and above all, competent firefighters and paramedics. Besides the opportunity of a structured, hands-on training experience, other benefits of attending MESC courses are:

  • All courses are accredited with National or International Organizations. These accreditations allow our students greater flexibility in finding work.
  • Train for two jobs – firefighting and paramedicine – pick the one you like best.
  • Within the PFPP class our students spend approximately 6 weeks engaged in fire control activities.
  • Minimal travel for your training – all training is done within Manitoba resulting in decreased travel costs
  • Access to equipment any day you wish – our students are provided access to the College from 0700 – 2300 and have access to the equipment to practice skills as much as they desire
  • Learn and become confident in skills used in today’s emergency services by fire fighters and paramedics through repetition of hands on skills
  • Wide variety of courses available to provide a well rounded education
  • Canadian training meeting the requirements of Canadian cities expectations for recruits

Click here for more details and application process on the Public Fire Paramedic Program Diploma training program.

Our program delivers a strong history of excellence.
Our graduates convey that excellence.