Exterior Fire Fighter Operations
Replacing the Basic Fire Fighting Certificate, the Exterior Fire Fighter Operations program provides essential skills for firefighters in alignment with the standards set in the B.C. Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.
This program is only available to
members of the Fire Service.
All fire departments to complete the Transition Form from the Fire Fighting Certificate to the Exterior Fire Fighter Operations program.
Exterior Fire Fighter Operations replaces the Basic Fire Fighting Certificate and provides all British Columbia Fire Department members with the basic training to serve their communities. An outline is available illustrating the changes from the Basic Fire Fighting Certificate to the Exterior Fire Fighter Operations program.
Individuals in the program must successfully complete the applicable written examinations and practical evaluations administered by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Fire & Safety Division for the courses based on the NFPA 1001 Standard that exceeds the minimum firefighting training standard outlined in the B.C. Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.
Courses are delivered though an in-house training model. Upon completion of the program, the fire fighter is awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Download the infographic that outlines the components of the new vocational Fire Fighter Technologies Certificate program in alignment with the minimum fire fighter training standards set in the B.C. Structural Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.
The Exterior Fire Fighter Operations program allows departments to demonstrate that their fire fighters possess the fire fighter skills they need, which exceeds the minimum training standard outlined in the B.C. Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.
- Fire Fighter Safety & Survival
- Personal Protection Equipment & Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
- Rope and Knots
- Water Supplies
- Fire Behaviour
- Forcible Entry
- Fire Suppression for Class A fires & vehicle fires
The Exterior Fire Fighter Operations program also provides credit toward NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I for subjects completed and evaluated.
The Exterior Fire Fighter Operations program consists of four courses:
Exterior Fire Fighter Knowledge
Exterior Fire Fighter Skills
Please contact the Fire & Safety Division at firstname.lastname@example.org for program cost information.
Applying for the Exterior Fire Fighter Operations Program is a three step process.
This program is open to Fire Service personnel only. Prerequisites are based on fire department criteria, and students must be registered by their Training Officer or department designate. Please note the following: An application fee of $75 will be charged per student for the level of service training you request (Exterior, Interior or Full Service). If a student is already registered into the Basic, FFI or FFI & II, this fee will be waived.
Submit your completed Program Application Form to the JIBC Admissions Office via:
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC
Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.
You will receive a confirmation email from the JIBC Admissions Office regarding your application.
Withdrawal Policy: Non-refundable and non-transferable
(If you don’t have a JIBC number for your students, you can still submit the form making sure that you have filled in the DOB field).
Please allow up to 14 business days to complete the course registration process.
Withdrawal Policy: From the date of a course registration form received there will be a $50 non-refundable administrative fee per student. From the date the student and/or the Training Assistant information is emailed the course fees are non-refundable. Registration/Course fees are non-transferable.
Upon successful registration, Training Officers and firefighting students will receive an email with directions on how to access their courses. Once registered into FIRE-1053 and/or FIRE-1054, students will have 12 months to complete the course.
Course registration requests received:
- Between the 1st and the 15th of the month, the course start date will be the 1st of the following month.
- Between the 16th and the last day of the month, the course start date will be the 15th of the following month.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Online Final Theory Examinations must be requested for each student by the department Training Officer (or department designate) and must be proctored. Students must be registered in the course before Training Officers can request the exams. Students must have successfully completed all three FIRE-1053 Knowledge quizzes before requesting the final exam.
Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of 60% on all quizzes and the final theory exam,
Complete and submit the Knowledge Final Exam Request Form.
Skill Evaluation requests are only available to students currently registered in FIRE-1054.
Skill Evaluations must be requested for each student by the department Training Officer (or department designate) and must be evaluated by a JIBC-certified Evaluator.
Each student will be required to successfully complete a selection of mandatory and randomly selected skills.
- Skills Evaluation 1 - Module 1 & 2 (3 mandatory skills and 1 random skill)
- Skills Evaluation 2 - Module 3 & 4 (2 mandatory skills and 2 random skills)
- Skills Evaluation 3 - Module 5 & 6 (2 mandatory skills and 2 random skills)
- Final Skills Evaluation - All Exterior Modules (3 mandatory skills)
Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of 75%.
Practical skills evaluations will be based on a weighted scale: Critical, Major and General.
Complete and submit the Practical Skills Registration Form.
Fire Service members who have completed the written test and/or practical skill evaulations for specific topics in the Basic Fire Fighting Certificate are eligible for transfer credit into the new Exterior Fire Fighter Operations program.
A document is available that outlines the eligible transfer credit Fire Service members will receive for each Topic completed in the Basic Fire Fighting Certificate Program.
Credit will be given for corresponding Modules in either FIRE-1053 Exterior Fire Fighter Knowledge and/or FIRE-1054 Exterior Fire Fighter Skills.
Please note JIBC Certificates of Completion for Fire & Safety Division (FSD) programs are printed and mailed out to graduates on a quarterly basis. Certificates are produced in January, April, July, and October for students who have completed the program in the relevant preceding three-month period. If you do not receive your certificate, please contact FSD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the Playbook Transition Updates webpage for information relating to the Fire & Safety Division's transition to the requirements established in the Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook (“Playbook”).
A PDF document is available that provides an overview of the new Playbook-aligned JIBC vocational firefighter programs.
Last updated January 10, 2018