Fire Course Offerings

Basic Firefighter Course – Nights/Saturdays Program

Orientation: Monday, August 8, 2022

Couse Dates: Monday, August 8, 2022 Through Wednesday, December 21, 2022

All classes take place M/W/F evenings from 7 PM to 11 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM to 5 PM

This program, which incorporates the Firefighter 1 and 2 training courses, introduces the new Firefighter to the basics of nationally recognized firefighting techniques presented in a quasi-military setting. Methods of instruction will include classroom theory and skill oriented “hands on” drill sessions. Student performance and progress will be evaluated throughout the course through the use of quizzes and evaluations which include written and practical assessments. The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety standardized Firefighter 1 and 2 certification exams are given as part of the final evaluation.

The Basic Firefighter Training Course exceeds the performance objectives of the N.F.P.A. standard 1001, N.J.A.C. 5:73-4.3, and N.J.A.C. 5:75-6.1. Upon successful completion recruits will receive certification in Firefighter-1, Firefighter-2, HazMat Awareness, HazMat Operations, ICS-100, 200, 700, and 800, Bloodborne Pathogens, Right to Know, CEVO, and AHA CPR for Healthcare Providers.

Registration for this program can only be completed by the sponsoring fire agency.

Department representatives should contact the Academy for an application and CPAT packet.

Basic Firefighter Course – Daytime Career Program

Orientation: Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Couse Dates: Monday, September 12, 2022 Through Thursday, December 22, 2022.

All classes take place Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Deadline for completed applications is August 10, 2022.

This program, which incorporates the Firefighter 1 and 2 training courses, introduces the newly hired Career Firefighter to the basics of nationally recognized firefighting techniques presented in a paramilitary setting. Methods of instruction will include classroom theory, skill oriented “hands on” drill sessions, and a physical training and conditioning program. Student performance and progress will be evaluated throughout the course through the use of quizzes and evaluations which include written, practical and physical assessments.

The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety standardized Firefighter 1 and 2 certification exams are given as part of the final evaluation. The Basic Firefighter Training Course exceeds the performance objectives of the N.F.P.A. standard 1001, N.J.A.C. 5:73-4.3, and N.J.A.C. 5:75-6.1. Upon successful completion recruits will receive certification in Firefighter-1, Firefighter-2, HazMat Awareness, HazMat Operations, ICS-100, 200, 700, and 800, Bloodborne Pathogens, Right to Know, CEVO, and AHA CPR for Healthcare Providers.

Drill Ground Instructor

This 8 hour course is required for anyone wishing to obtain or renew a Drill Ground Instructor Certification issued by the Division of Fire Safety. The intent of this course is to ensure that instructors understand the safety issues and adopted NFPA Standards inherent in SCBA/Smokehouse and Live Burn firefighting training. Instructors must be capable of demonstrating the proper methods of identifying and correcting an unsafe situation as it occurs. This course is required for those fire service instructors that wish to teach specified modules in the Firefighter I course in the State of New Jersey. This course will provide .5 Instructor CEU’s.

PREREQUISITE: NJ Firefighter 1

Fire Instructor Level 1

This 40 hour course of instruction meets the requirements of NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2002 edition, specified at N.J.A.C. 5:73-5.2(c). Textbooks will NOT be provided. Students will need to purchase the 9th edition of IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor manual. This class will meet every Wednesday for five consecutive weeks. 

PREREQUISITE: 21 years of age and NJ Certified Firefighter-1 for three years min.

Fire Instructor Level 2

This course will give the student the knowledge and skills to meet the objectives of Level II Fire Service Instructor for NFPA std. 1041 Fire Service Professional Qualifications, and meet part of the requirements for the Level Il Fire Service Instructor for New Jersey State Certification. Textbooks will NOT be provided. Students will need to purchase the 9th edition of IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor manual. This class will meet every Wednesday evening for ten consecutive weeks. 

PREREQUISITE: 21 years of age and NJ Certified Firefighter-1 for three years min.

NFA Incident Safety Officer

The 16-hour NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer course is a part of the New Jersey State Fire Officer requirements and provides students with a solid foundation and knowledge to identify and analyze safety concerns, as well as how to communicate and recommended solutions to the command authority. This course is an incident-specific, scene oriented course that will cover topics including the role of the Incident Safety Officer; standards, policies and regulations; record keeping and documentation; risk management; and incident considerations. The intended audience for this course is Staff and Chief Officers, Line Officers, and Firefighters with command responsibilities.

PREREQUISITE: NJ Firefighter 2

NFA Incident Safety Officer (Nights)

The 16-hour NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer course is a part of the New Jersey State Fire Officer requirements and provides students with a solid foundation and knowledge to identify and analyze safety concerns, as well as how to communicate and recommended solutions to the command authority. This course is an incident-specific, scene oriented course that will cover topics including the role of the Incident Safety Officer; standards, policies and regulations; record keeping and documentation; risk management; and incident considerations. The intended audience for this course is Staff and Chief Officers, Line Officers, and Firefighters with command responsibilities.

PREREQUISITE: NJ Firefighter 2

NFA Preparation for Initial Company Operations

This two-day course is designed to develop a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of company officers in preparing their company for incident operations and to clarify the transition from firefighter to company officer and the new roles relating to leadership and safety. This course is designed for Company officers, acting company officers, or senior firefighters responsible for the management of a single fire company at an emergency incident, including those officers who are responsible for company readiness, personnel safety, and leadership as it relates to company operation.

This course meets the NJ Division of Fire Safety requirement for training on the Fire Tactics series of instructional courses necessary to receive a Level 1 Fire Officer certification. 

NFA Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations

This two-day course is designed to meet the needs of company officers responsible for managing the operations of one or more companies during structural firefighting operations. This course is designed to develop the management skills needed by company officers to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires.

This course meets the NJ Division of Fire Safety requirement for training on the Fire Tactics series of instructional courses necessary to receive a Level 1 Fire Officer certification. 

Principles of Building Construction

Upon successful completion of this interactive fundamental level course, the student will be able to describe the benefits of cross-disciplinary cooperation among fire protection and design professionals, explain the elements of building construction as they apply to construction codes, describe the elements of building construction as they apply to firefighter safety, anticipate fire behavior based on structural elements of and thermal effects on the most commonly encountered types of building construction, and describe how design elements and emerging building methods and materials affect fire behavior and structural performance.

This course meets the NJ Division of Fire Safety requirement for 12 hours of training on the Principles of Building Construction series of instructional courses necessary to receive a Level 1 Fire Officer certification.