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Emergency Response Academy

Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy Pro Board

Our Goal

The Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy is a Pro Board accredited agency. 

Fire TrainingIt is our goal, at Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy, to provide high quality, current and relevant training and certification that meets or exceeds the standards set by NFPA. To conduct this quality training locally to the fire services of BC Zone 1, avoiding high travel expenses. Through our Pro Board accreditation candidates earn post-secondary recognized training that is internationally reciprocated with other institutions for laddering into advanced diploma and degree programs for professional career advancement.

The Latest

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new First Responder Program.  This program supports the student and provides optimum learning.  We believe that for education to be effective, the learning must be organized, relaxed and enjoyable.  To that end, the classroom sessions have been designed to provide a student centred learning experience.  This has been accomplished by blending the very latest concepts in adult education with the experiences of a team of seasoned and dynamic educators.  This has resulted in an interactive program where information is transferred through facilitated discussion and multimedia rather than traditional lecture.

A resource manual has been created which explains new and important concepts in plain language.  There has been an explosion of knowledge in the field of pre-hospital care, and this manual brings these important concepts home to the First Responder community.  This helps to bridge the gap between First Responders and Paramedics which leads to improved patient outcomes and more professional interactions between agencies.

Online training available for

  • Incident Command System (ICS) Levels 100, 200, 300
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Hazmat Awareness Level

We can provide Jones and Bartlett EMS and Fire titles at list price - with free shipping in Zone 1.  Examples of titles are:  Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills; HazMat: Awareness and Operations; Emergency Medical Responder;  First Responder.  To order email:

Interested in becoming an Academy Instructor? Email us at   Evaluators, instructors and proctors are vital to our success.  Our Evaluator Manual is full of information on qualifications, expectations and safety.

News Release:  The Academy Has Expanded Once Again!  We now provide training for NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 and 2 and NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector 1.

News Release: The Academy Expands its Services and is now Pro Board accredited for NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator.

News Release: Pro Board Accreditation for Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy.

About the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy

Board of Directors

The Board has representation from Nanaimo Fire Rescue.

Advisory Committee

The Committee has representation from:

  • The Office of the Fire Commissioner
  • Fire Chiefs' Association of British Columbia
  • Volunteer Firefighter's Association of British Columbia
  • Zone 1 Emergency Coordinators Group
  • BC Fire Training Officer's Association
  • BC Professional Firefighters Association
  • Industry
  • Nanaimo Fire Rescue

Academy Facilities

  • Nanaimo Fire Rescue Training Centre and classroom - map
  • Administration
    580 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo, BC Canada V9R 6E2
    Phone: (250) 755-4551
    Fax: (250) 753-5480


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