Diversity & Equity Fire Training Program

Applications for this year's DEFT training are no longer being accepted. Please contact at WFPSRecruitment to learn more about the program and upcoming sessions.

Nous n’acceptons plus les demandes de formation dans le cadre du programme de formation en lutte incendie axé sur l’équité et la diversité pour cette année. Veuillez remplir le formulaire à  Recrutement – SISPW pour en savoir plus sur le programme et sur les formations à venir.

Having Manitoba Emergency Services College (MESC) Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications are two of the qualifications required to become a new recruit with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS).

Instead of being required to take Firefighter I and Firefighter II training outside Winnipeg, which often means leaving home and paying for room and board and transportation costs, the WFPS is proud to offer this training in Winnipeg in the evenings. This program aims to eliminate or reduce barriers that can make it challenging for Winnipeg residents from diverse backgrounds to pursue a career in firefighting in Winnipeg.

If you identify as a woman, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit), 2SLGBTQS+, a person with a disability, or a racialized person, and you would like to become certified with Firefighter I and Firefighter II training, this program is for you.


To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  • You must identify as one of the employment equity groups (Indigenous, women, racialized person, 2SLGBTQ+ or person with a disability)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be proficient in English
  • Have a Valid Driver’s License – Class 5 (minimum)
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Be physically able to perform tasks and training requirements
  • Be able to commit to the training schedule (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
  • Be of sound and positive ethics and thrive in a team environment
  • Be able to complete a physical evaluation
  • Be willing to obtain a Police Information Check, Police Vulnerable Sector Check, Child Abuse Registry Check, Adult Abuse Registry Check and Drivers Abstract Driver Safety Rating Scale Statement no more than minus four (-4) (once accepted into the program)

Additional information

This program is meant to provide Firefighter I and II training to people from diverse backgrounds who may face barriers in obtaining this certification.

In order to start your career with WFPS, you will be required to meet all the eligibility requirements for new recruits, two of which are having Firefighter I and II certification.

The next class in the Diversity & Equity Fire Training Program is scheduled to begin in late 2022.

WFPS launched the Diversity & Equity Fire Training Program in August 2021.

Diversity & Equity Fire Training Program information sheet

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