Comox Fire Rescue

Prevention, Emergency Response, and the Comox Fire Training Centre

Comox Fire Rescue provides a variety of preventive and emergency services to a population of over 18,000 in an area of 16 square miles. This includes the Town of Comox, the Comox Fire Protection Improvement District, the Bates Huband Local Service Area (Regional District of Comox-Strathcona), and the Comox Indian Band. They also operate the Comox Fire Training Centre, which trains firefighters from all over Vancouver Island, and even parts of BC and the rest of Canada. The training centre is certified by the JIBC.

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S.T.A.R.T. Course

  • Comox Fire Rescue 1870 Noel Avenue Comox, BC, V9M 2K9 Canada (map)

You spend a considerable amount of time training your firefighters to rescue civilians...

...How much time do you spend training your firefighters to rescue each other or themselves?

Finally, a course designed to do just that. START (Survival Training And Rescue Techniques) is an intensive 1-day course focuses on hands-on training and skills development. Learn important skills that can save you and your fellow firefighters if things go bad. The training is designed to be effective using tools and equipment easily carried by your firefighters.

This course is a must for new recruits and seasoned firefighters alike.

Our excellent facilities and training area allows the delivery of this program using many realistic props and scenarios.

Classroom (1 1/2 hours) Power Point Presentation and Lecture

  • Basic survival skills

  • NFPA 1500 - Standard for Firefighter Safety & Health

  • WCB 31.23 - Entry into Buildings/Rapid Intervention Teams

Training Ground (6 1/2 hours) Smoke Building and Props

  • Self Rescue Techniques

    • Rapid Location of Windows/Doors

    • Breaching Walls

    • Window Escapes

    • Wire entanglement

  • RIT Rescue Techniques

    • Searching with/without thermal cameras

    • Locating downed firefighters & packaging downed firefighters

    • Moving firefighters up and down stairwells

    • Rescuing firefighters from floor collapse

    • Extricating firefighters from confined quarters

Materials Required

Each participant is required to bring full personal protective clothing.

You may bring your own SBCA or use our MSA units.

Cost and Class Size

$275.00 per student, 14 participants per session

(Includes lunch, coffee, rescue strap, EMT shears & certificate)


This training could soil and could cause some damage to the students personal protective clothing. Due to the nature of this type of training we will not be held responsible for repairs or replacement. Following this training personal protective clothing should be cleaned and inspected.

Students must be clean shaven to ensure a proper seal of SCBA mask against face.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund with 30 days notice. No refund for less than 30 days.

Comox Fire Rescue

1870 Noel Ave, Comox, BC, V9M 2K9, Canada