Whether you get a job as a seasonal firefighter (FireRanger) with the Ministry of Natural Resources, or a firefighter position with one of the private companies under contract to provide us with fire crews, you must first have successfully completed entry level training - the SP-100 firefighting course. Although you don't have to be 18 years of age to take the course, you must have attained your 18th birthday before you can be hired by either MNR or a fire crew contractor. A number of private training agencies have been accredited by MNR to provide the SP-100 course.
The 40-hour course is intensely focused on safety and will prepare you to assume the role of an entry level forest fire crew member. You will be trained to MNR standards in the maintenance and operation of equipment such as the power pump, and in the proper use of suppression hand tools, communications and camping equipment. You will be taught basic fire behaviour and fire terminology.
If a person takes the course in 2010 and passes, they are current for that fire season (2010) and the following fire season (2011).
In 2011 they would have to be recertified either on the job through a maintenance package (provided by MNR or Type2 Agency) or complete the one day recertification package from an accredited training agency. This will recertify the individual for the 2011 and 2012 fire season. Note: You have to be current to be hired.
Please Note: The SP-100 recertification process is presently under review and may be changed in the future.
SP-100 Training Agencies
The following is a list of SP-100 Training Agencies for the 2011 fire season.
Wildfire Specialists Inc.
2233 Radar Rd. Suite #5
Web Page: www3.sympatico.ca/wildfire
Specialty Services Agency
Site 124, Box 32, RR #1
Outland Reforestation Inc.
Attention: Rose Therrien
627 Squier Street
Thunder Bay, ON
Tel. (807) 345-3534 ext. 221
Web Page: http://www.outland.ca/
P.O. Box 1998
New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0
Chuck Ingleton: 705-647-0791
Lori Anne Stanger: 705-622-2810
SP-100 accredited training agencies operate as private business. Inquiries by the public regarding locations and dates of training should be directed to the training agencies. Inquires regarding any additional training that these agencies may offer such as WHMIS; TDG; Chainsaw; First Aid; etc, that is not part of the SP-100 Certification should also be directed to the Agencies.