Firefighter

The Public Safety Training Academy offers courses for firefighters. Please see the list of courses offered below and use the Registration Form for each course you will be attending. 

Registration Form

Firefighter Courses

***EARLY REGISTRATION WEEK for Sussex County Residents ONLY*** Out of County Resident Registration begins 03/15/2024***

***Firefighter 1 & Firefighter 2 will now be combined into one course***

Tuesday Night | Thursday Night | Saturday All Day

Course Start: Saturday | June 01, 2024

*Mandatory Orientation Day 06/01/2024

Course End: Saturday | November 16, 2024

1930 - 2230 Nights | 0800 - 1630 Days

Fee: $500 In-county | $750 Out-County

Firefighter 1 is the first level of a progressive program. This level introduces the novice firefighter to the basics of nationally recognized firefighting techniques. Methods of instruction will include classroom theory and skill-oriented "hands‑on" drill sessions. Student performance will be evaluated throughout the course including quizzes, mid‑term, and final exams; both written and practical. The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety's standardized Firefighter 1 test is given as part of the final exam. Firefighter 1 meets the performance objectives of the NFPA standard 1001 and N.J.A.C. 5:73‑4.3 standard, allowing a firefighter to perform firefighting under direct supervision. All students will receive ICS, CPR, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Operational Levels of training as required by N.J.A.C. 5:75-6.1. 

Firefighter 2 is the second level of a progression which includes Firefighter 1. Instruction at this level will be aimed at providing the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to function under general supervision. Students will learn advanced strategies and tactics in the following: IMS, Rapid Intervention, Extrication, Advanced Suppression, Advanced Search, VES, Rescue Task Force Awareness, and assisting Technical Rescue Crews just to name a few. 

*Mandatory Evaluation must be completed to satisfy NJDFS Job Performance Requirements* 

Further instructions will be emailed upon registration.

***EARLY REGISTRATION WEEK for Sussex County Residents ONLY*** Out of County Resident Registration begins 03/15/2024***

If you already have Firefighter 1, you can start with Firefighter 2 within the same recruit program. The date below is the anticipated course start date. *The date is subject to change for inclement weather cancellations. Check back on this site for updates or changes. 

Tuesday Night | Thursday Night | Saturday All Day

Course Start: Thursday | August 22, 2024

Course End: Saturday | November 16, 2024

1930 - 2230 Nights | 0800 - 1630 Days

Fee: $500 In-county | $750 Out-County

***If you have taken Firefighter 1 within the past three years, there will be classes in the matrix that you will be excused from. Upon registering, you will receive an email for confirmation and instructions. 

Firefighter 2 is the second level of a progression which includes Firefighter 1. Instruction at this level will be aimed at providing the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to function under general supervision. Students will learn advanced strategies and tactics in the following: IMS, Rapid Intervention, Extrication, Advanced Suppression, Advanced Search, VES, Rescue Task Force Awareness, and assisting Technical Rescue Crews just to name a few. 

***This course replaces Firefighter 3***

Wednesday Nights Only

Course Start: Wednesday | January 17, 2024

*Mandatory Orientation Night | 01/17/2024

Course End: Saturday | June 29, 2024

Fee: $500 In-County | $750 Out-county

This course is an advanced focus on the fundamentals of fire strategy and tactics. It is a study of fire hazards, incident command, fire behavior, and the physical and chemical effects of combustion on dwellings and building construction considerations. Leadership qualities and traits are discussed and exhibited via a leadership retreat performed by the students. A capstone defense paper is required to be delivered to the instructor cadre upon completion. There will be extensive reading and assignments to complete. 

PREREQUISITE: NJDFS Fire 1 & NJDFS Fire 2

Book List: 

Title: Fireground Strategies
Author: Anthony Avillo
Publisher: Fire Engineering Books & Videos
Edition: 3rd Edition (2019)
ISBN: 978-1-59370-353-0

Title: Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service
Author: Brannigan & Corbett
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Edition: 6th Edition (2019)
ISBN: 978-1284177312

*Must have books for Orientation*

TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED

Incident Command: Strategic considerations of size-up
Incident Command: Arrival reports and resource requirements
Incident Command: Fireground organization, ongoing communication, post-control activities
Fire Behavior: Strategic considerations of heat transfer
Strategic considerations of building construction
Strategic modes of operation
Private dwelling fires
Multiple dwellings
High-Rise operations
Contiguous structures: Rowhouses, garden apartments, and townhouses
Small commercial occupancies: mixed-use, taxpayers, and strip malls
Large commercial and storage occupancies
Strategic considerations for vacant and renovated structures
Limited intervention incidents: Strategic considerations of the first responder
Fostering a culture of safety
Capstone Delivery: Leadership Retreat: Lab Hours (8)

Flashover is the stage of a fire at which all surfaces, gasses, and products of combustion are heated to their ignition temperature and flame breaks out almost at once within the compartment area. This course will teach you to develop a working definition of a flashover, understand the 3 phases of flashover development, identify the 5 signs of an impending flashover, identify factors that can influence the development of a flashover, associated tactics such as PPV and VES and give you the understanding of the benefits and limitations of our structural fire fighting gear. We will also cover firefighter survival techniques in the unfortunate event a flashover occurs. 

Firefighters seldom have the opportunity to observe a fire as it goes through its life cycle and this course will provide all of this information and more.

***Please register as a Department. Individual registrations will not be honored at this time. 

 

 

Date: Open Dates Available - Call Office
Duration: 3 Hours (1 Burn)
Prerequisites: Firefighter 1 and valid FIT Test
Fee: $500 for up to 10 Firefighters. Each additional Firefighter is $70 up to a max occupancy of 12.

Thursday | Saturday (1)
Date(s):08/22| 08/24
Time(s):Thursday 1830 - 2230 | Saturday 0800 - 1700
Fee: $100 In-County $200 Out-County

*This course will be delivered in conjunction with the Recruit class. Dates are subject to change!

Prerequisites:

- ICS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System;
- ICS-700, National Incident Management System, An Introduction;
- ICS-800, National Response Framework, An Introduction

Course Description:

After this course, you should be able to: Describe the course objectives and summarize basic information about the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS):

-Describe how the NIMS Management Characteristics relate to Incident Command and Unified Command.
-Describe the delegation of authority process, implementing authorities, management by objectives, and preparedness plans and objectives.
-Identify ICS organizational components, the Command Staff, the General Staff, and ICS tools.
-Describe different types of briefings and meetings.
-Explain flexibility within the standard ICS organizational structure.
-Explain the transfer of command briefings and procedures.
-Use ICS to manage an incident or event.

 

  • Must register online. Scan the QR code or use the registration link. 
  • Indicate your date. Sat or Sun

  • 25 max. students per day

  • A Waiting List will be established

  • Full PPE & Spare SCBA Cylinder required

  • Prerequisite: Firefighter 1

  • "Fit for Duty" letter required

  • Fit Test documentation required

  • No Juniors or Probies

 

 

 

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