Why ESA?

ESA uses the best trainers in western Canada to provide hands-on, real-world experiences during its Fire and EMS PROGRAMs.  We prepare our students for the future.

Great Career Opportunities!

The Professional Fire Fighter Program is geared towards the prerequisites of major fire departments in Canada.  It is based on accreditation through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) which is internationally recognized and allows employment throughout North America.  The last week of the Fire Program focuses on a Candidate Competition which includes resumes, interviews and physical testing in preparation for our students to be successful with their job applications.  EMS programs (EMR and PCP) are fully accredited.  As such, students graduating from our programs are employed across the country.

ESA alumni work as fire fighters, EMS personnel and industrial safety personnel throughout Canada.

Extra Training

EMR, PCP and Fire Fighter Programs (Enhanced and Flex) are extensive and provide more training than is required through accreditation.

Instructor Qualifications

ESA faculty members work in the emergency, emergency prehospital, or hospital environment.  With their practical real-life experience, they represent a wide range of EMS, fire fighting, nursing and education backgrounds.  As career personnel, they instruct based on their experience and teach up-to-date procedures.

Small Class Sizes and Low Student to Instructor Ratios

Class sizes at ESA are capped depending on the program.  Practical training ratios are typically 6 students per instructor.

Online Learning

ESA students in the EMR, PCP and Fire programs use tablets or laptops during their studies at ESA. This allows continuing integration of E-Books, online resources, YouTube and online learning.

EMR students use E-Learning both in a pre-study section and during the theory portion of their classes.

PCP students use a tablet during theory classes and also throughout their practicums.

Fire students use a tablet or laptop as their main textbook is an e-Book. 


EMS Contacts

EMS programs include field trips to outside facilities to enhance the didactic portion of training. 
PCP Practicums are arranged by our Practicum Coordinators through Alberta Health Services at hospitals and ambulance services.  Each student’s progress is individually monitored and supported.  iPads and the online program CompTracker are integral to the PCP Program.

Vocational College

ESA is a private vocational college. Our EMR, PCP and Fire Programs are licensed by the Ministry of Alberta Advanced Education, Private Career Colleges Branch of Alberta Advanced Education.  

Designated Programs

PCP, Fire- Enhanced and Fire- Flex are designated for student funding.

Strong Fire Relationships

ESA works with other major emergency resources including Strathcona County Emergency Services (a combined fire and ambulance service which is the third largest fire service in Alberta), Pick-n-Pull  in Edmonton (vehicle extrication training) and Lakeland College Alberta - Emergency Training Centre (ETC) in Vermilion AB..

Competitive Fees

ESA monitors the fees for equivalent programs offered throughout Canada. We strive to provide the best training possible at the best price possible.

Convenient Location

The ESA campus is in Sherwood Park, Alberta.  This is an active community which is minutes away from the provincial capital city of Edmonton, and about half an hour from the Edmonton International Airport.

Modern Equipment and Classrooms

ESA maintains a large inventory of equipment for teaching and practical training.

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"Really good instruction! Wouldn't change anything about having different teachers everyday. It's nice to fill the toolbox with input from everyone!"
- Linda, EMR 1503B