Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks, including 7.5 hours of live online sessions. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on coursework. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth.

In this course you will be exposed to new operations that have replaced fire suppression as the major activity given the decline in structural fires in most Canadian communities. Some, such as water transport, arise because suburbanization and municipal amalgamation require urban firefighters to engage in fire suppression in unserviced areas. Others, such as emergency medical services, arise from public demand while fire safety education and inspections arise from within the fire service. These new operations create a requirement for training, much of which will be provided by this course.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Managing the Training Function

Unit 2: Planning for Water Supply and Transport

Unit 3: Planning for Public Fire Safety Education Programs

Unit 4: Managing Inservice Inspections

Unit 5: When EMS Arrives at the Fire Station

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:
  • plan, organize, direct, and evaluate a fire department training program;
  • explain the basic methods of water transport, as well as apply the steps of water supply and transport planning;
  • plan, organize, deliver, and evaluate public fire safety education programs;
  • plan for the residential inspection process, determine whether a follow up inspection is needed, and be able to write the inspection report;
  • appreciate the effect of external forces on the fire station.


The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


Please note: A minimum of three years of fire-related (career or volunteer) experience is required for enrolment into the courses that make up the Certificate in Fire Service Leadership. You are able to enrol in this course but you will receive a warning message when you check-out. Please click the "Continue Checkout" button to by-pass this warning and complete your payment.

You can apply to have the Fire Service Experience proficiency added to your profile to ensure smooth self-registration into the Fire courses by completing the Fire Service Experience Application.

Once your application and/or registration is received, you will be contacted by the Program Manager to verify your experience. If you do not meet the requirements, your tuition will be refunded. Once this prerequisite is met, your first course must be either OLCD-FIRE0024 Station Officer: Dealing with People or OLCD-FIRE0023 Station Officer: Dealing with New Operations; which of the two courses is determined by the program office.

Prerequisite: A minimum of three years of fire-related (career or volunteer) experience.

Recommended For

  • Firefighters who are looking to advance in their careers
  • Junior and senior officers who wish to expand their knowledge and credentials

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Station Officer: Dealing with New Operations
Online - Self-Paced
Sep 06, 2024 to Nov 29, 2024
Online - Scheduled
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Sep 10, 2024 to Nov 05, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,095.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone/headset will be required for the live sessions.
Section Notes

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. There will also be 5 facilitated online sessions - click on View Details for dates. *Please note: Live session dates may be subject to change based on instructor schedule.* Attendance at live sessions is required to obtain the full participation grade for the course.

The course site will be open at 4:00 PM Atlantic Time on the course start date.

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