News Archive

  • Fire Students at Vermilion

    January 5, 2018

    Each of our Fire Programs receives live fire training at the Fire Emergency Training Center (ETC), Lakeland College in Vermilion.

    Hot times!

  • Being physically fit is an important goal for first responders.  ESA Fire - Enhanced and EMT/PCP programs both include a fitness training component at Little Sweatshop in Sherwood Park, which focuses on the skills needed for these particular careers.

    Fitness training - a great way to deal with stress!

    These are Fire 1503 who have completed their fitness training. Huge changes!

    Stack of fit Fire Students!

    ESA Success Stories

    February 17, 2016

    Take a look at the website for the National Association of Career Colleges!  Click on the links a number of times to find some of the success stories from ESA!

  • Fire at ESA!

    January 22, 2016

    Transition from your current career to a career firefighter! Our Professional Fire Fighter Program - Flex offers a flexible, part-time schedule allowing you to study while you continue to work!


  • Congratulations to the students of Fire 1503 who completed 12 weeks of Fire training.

    Fire 1503 at ESA

    Fire 1503 in the ESA classroom, Sherwood Park.

  • Fire 1408

    January 22, 2015

    ESA Fire Class 1408This is the Fire 1408 Class which was at ESA last fall for 12 weeks.  

    This picture was taken after a day of practical training.

    Location:  Emergency Training Centre, Lakeland College, Vermilion AB

  • PCP Students tour STARS

    October 20, 2014

    Our PCP students have a tour of STARS as part of their training.  This is Alberta's air rescue system, now home-based at the Edmonton International Airport.  

  • Please join us as we follow one of the students in our current Fire Fighter Program (Fire 1408)!

    Jesse will be posting on this blog throughout his fire fighter training.  Your questions and comments are welcome.

    Jesse - Introduction to the Fire Program

    The first time being in t...

  • ESA Fire Program Announcement

    September 22, 2014

    ESA is pleased to announce that our Professional Fire Fighter Program is now licensed by the Private Career Colleges Branch of Alberta Advanced Education. As such, the accreditation for the NFPA modules in our program is regulated through the Office of the Fire Commissioner, Alberta.

    The Fire programs are designated for federal and provincial student funding.  

    • Alberta students may apply online through

      ESA provides training for practicioners who are registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) with an EMR or PCP Restricted license.

      Details and an application form are on the Programs portion of this website.

      Please call 780.416.8822 or email if you have any questions about these courses.

  • Help for Clahens!

    March 26, 2014

    Hi everyone,

    This morning, 8 year old Judah and his mother got up at 0630 to make muffins for a fundraising bake sale at ESA.

    Today Judah raised $122.30 to send a 4 yr named Clahens to school in Haiti. This donation will also encompass medical care for Clahens and his immediate family.  The generosity exhibited by the ESA EMR and Fire classes was exceptional.

    We had projected raising $72, and the overwhelming number of...

  • Get Fit with Fire!

    March 10, 2013

    We are very excited that we have a fitness component in the ESA Fire - Enhanced Program.

    Fitness training sessions are provided for ESA Fire students as part of their training program.  Training is job specific and helps students prepare for the Candidate Competition during the final week of the ESA Fire Program, for future job competitions, and ultimately for a career as a fire fighter. 

    Training is facilitated by ESA inst...

  • Ice Rescue

    March 6, 2013

    Great one day course every spring - Ice Rescue.  Open to anyone interested in the skills and practical rescue techniques needed for effective surface ice rescues. Avoid being a victim of an ice environment.

    Call 780-416-8822 for information!

  • Twitter!

    February 19, 2013

    We're on Twitter!  Are you?  Come on and follow us!

  • We were pleased to have an international student register in our May 2012 Fire Program, and very pleased that he did so well!  Jeugenijs Muhametsins was the recipient of the Harold Criss Professionalism Award.  This is a summary of an email which he sent to ESA:

    My name is Jevgenijs and I would like to share my experience studying at ESA.

    I am an international student and firefighter f...

  • Thanks for the Fire Program!

    November 6, 2012

    The following comment was received by email from one of the graduates of our 2012 Fall Fire Program:

    I wanted to come in personally, but thank you for everything Kim!! The program was amazing and the candidate competition was a great learning experience! I certainly made the best choice with ESA and I'll be sure to let any future recruits where to get some of the best training in Canada.


  • Andrew Jeffrey of the Sherwood Park News authored the following article highlighting ESA graduates displaying their skills.  You can view the full article here.

    Saving lives takes practice

    Strathcona County's Emergency Services Academy (ESA) graduates got to show off their skills in a rare scenario for their firefighter and E...


"Love the subject material. Find it interesting/fascinating. Learning from experienced, active medics is invaluable and very much appreciated. Also enjoyed all my classmates who varied in age and life experience but shared a common interest/goal."
Lonnie, EMR 1906