Fire Course Offerings

Drill Ground Instructor Spring 2023

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
  • Instructor(s): Lieutenant Todd Felter, Linden Fire Dept.
  • Date(s):  March 2
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  0830 – 1630
  • Attire:  Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  All Class Materials Provided
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $35.00
    • Out of County – $50.00
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Drill Ground Instructor (Nights) Spring 2023

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
  • Instructor(s): Deputy Chief Wayne Hanns (Ret.), Linden Fire Dept.
  • Date(s):  March 7, and 14
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  1830 – 2230
  • Attire:  Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  All Class Materials Provided
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $35.00
    • Out of County – $50.00
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Fire Instructor Level 1 Spring 2023

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 Thursday for five consecutive weeks. 

  • PREREQUISITE: 21 years of age and NJ Certified Firefighter-1 for three years min.
  • Instructor(s): Lieutenant Todd Felter, Linden FD
  • Date(s):  April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  0830 – 1730
  • Attire:  Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  9th edition of IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Manual. (NOT PROVIDED)
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $275.00
    • Out of County – $375.00
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Fire Instructor Level 1 (Nights) Spring 2023

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 Thursday night for ten consecutive weeks. 

  • PREREQUISITE: 21 years of age and NJ Certified Firefighter-1 for three years min.
  • Instructor(s): Deputy Chief Wayne Hanns (Ret.), Linden FD
  • Date(s):
    • Jan. 19, 26
    • Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
    • Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  1830 – 2230
  • Attire:  Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  9th edition of IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Manual. (NOT PROVIDED)
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $275.00
    • Out of County – $375.00
Fire Instructor Level 2 Spring 2023

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 Thursday for five consecutive weeks. 

  • PREREQUISITE: 21 years of age and NJ Certified Firefighter-1 for three years min.
  • Instructor(s): Lieutenant Todd Felter, Linden FD
  • Date(s):
    • January 19, 26
    • February 2, 9, 16
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  0830 – 1630
  • Attire:  Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  9th edition of IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Manual. (NOT PROVIDED)
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $275.00
    • Out of County – $375.00
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Fire Officer 1 Spring 2023

This 48-hour course is designed to build the skills necessary to be an effective fire service leader. It is the first level in the series of programs required to receive Fire Officer 1 certification and is designed to meet the education and time requirements of N.F.P.A 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 3rd Edition, for Fire Officer 1 and N.J.A.C. 5:73-8.2 qualifications for Fire Officer 1.

Course content will include a mixture of lectures, case studies, and classroom exercises designed to acquaint the student with the role of the company officer in a fire department and introduce basic management and leadership theories, practices, and functions.

Topics covered include firefighter health and safety, managing resources, planning and readiness, fire prevention, building construction, and risk management. This class will meet every day for six consecutive days.

  • PREREQUISITE: NJ Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, and 3 years firefighting experience.
  • Instructor(s): Captain Mark O’Grady (Ret.), Roselle FD
  • Date(s):  April 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 17
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  0830-1630
  • Attire: Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  NFPA Fire Officer: Principals and Practice, 4th Edition Student Manual (NOT PROVIDED)
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $300.00
    • Out of County – $375.00
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Fire Officer 1 (Nights) Spring 2023

This 48-hour course is designed to build the skills necessary to be an effective fire service leader. It is the first level in the series of programs required to receive Fire Officer 1 certification and is designed to meet the education and time requirements of N.F.P.A 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 3rd Edition, for Fire Officer 1 and N.J.A.C. 5:73-8.2 qualifications for Fire Officer 1. Course content will include a mixture of lectures, case studies, and classroom exercises designed to acquaint the student with the role of the company officer in a fire department and introduce basic management and leadership theories, practices, and functions. Topics covered include firefighter health and safety, managing resources, planning and readiness, fire prevention, building construction, and risk management. This class will meet every Tuesday and Thursday night for eight consecutive weeks.

  • PREREQUISITE: NJ Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, and 3 years firefighting experience.
  • Instructor(s): Captain Mark O’Grady (Ret.), Roselle FD
  • Date(s):
    • April 18, 20, 25, 27
    • May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
    • June 1, 6, 8
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  1900-2200
  • Attire: Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  NFPA Fire Officer: Principals and Practice, 4th Edition Student Manual (NOT PROVIDED)
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $300.00
    • Out of County – $375.00
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NFA Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations Spring 2023

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. 

  • Instructor(s): Captain Patrick Wirkus, Elizabeth Fire Dept.
  • Date(s):  February 21, and 22
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  0800 – 1600
  • Attire:  Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  All Class Material Provided
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $100.00
    • Out of County – $150.00
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NFA Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations Spring 2023

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. 

  • Instructor(s): Captain Patrick Wirkus, Elizabeth Fire Dept.
  • Date(s):  May 8, and 9
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  0800 – 1600
  • Attire:  Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  All Class Material Provided
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $100.00
    • Out of County – $150.00
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NFA Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (Weekend) Spring 2023

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. 

  • Instructor(s): Captain Patrick Wirkus, Elizabeth Fire Dept.
  • Date(s):  Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29
  • Class Limit:  20 Student Max.
  • Time:  0800 – 1600
  • Attire:  Uniform or Business Casual
  • Equipment:  All Class Material Provided
  • Cost:
    • Union County – $100.00
    • Out of County – $150.00
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Basic Firefighter Course – Nights/Saturdays Program Spring 2023
  • Orientation: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
  • Date: Monday, January 9 thru Thursday, May 18, 2023
  • Time: 1900-2300 M/W/F 0800-1600 Sat.
  • Cost: In-County $450 Out of County $650
  • 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, Traffic Incident Management, 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.

Deadline for completed applications is Wed., December 14, 2023

Basic Firefighter Course – Daytime Career Program Spring 2023
  • Orientation: Thursday, February 9, 2023
  • Dates: Monday, February 13, thru Thu. May 18, 2023
  • Time: 0800-1700 Monday through Friday
  • Cost: In-County $1,750.00 Out of County $2,000.00

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, Traffic Incident Management, and AHA CPR for Healthcare Providers.
Registration for this program can only be completed by the employing fire agency.

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

Deadline for completed applications is January 13, 2023.

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Drill Ground Instructor
  • Date(s): December 6 and 13

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
  • Date(s): October 19, 26, November 2, 9, and 16

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
  • Date(s): Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, and 16.

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
  • Date(s): October 17, and 18

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)
  • Date(s): October 18, 20, 25, and 27

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
  • Date(s): Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9

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
  • Date(s): Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6

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
  • Date(s): September 28, October 5, and 19

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.