CFPC: Recruit Firefighter Programs

      

Connecticut Fire Academy

Recruit Firefighter Program

 

Recruit Firefighter Program Applications

Applications are available 30 days prior to the start of the Class

 
 

The Recruit Firefighter Programís Prerequisites

 

The applicant is at least 18 years of age, has a high school diploma or GED, and has the general capacity for adult learning.


The applicant is an employee of the Fire Department or affiliated as a member or volunteer of the Fire Department for a minimum of 6 months, and the Fire Department is committed to overseeing the training.


The applicant has documented proof of meeting the fire departmentís Medical and Physical Fitness requirements.


The applicant has a valid IAFF/IAFC Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) card dated within 2 years prior to the programís start date.

 
The applicant is emotionally fit to perform firefighting evolutions without special considerations, and where applicable, to meet the 29 CFR 1910.134 standard for the use of respirators (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus).

 
Recommended Prerequisites


EMR/MRT minimum EMS training (Medical training is offered at CFA if needed)
NIMS for the Fire Service and NIMS 700. (NIMS related courses can only be delivered online through the NFA web site)

 

How to Become a Career Firefighter

 

To become a Connecticut Career Firefighter you must first apply for the position at the city or town that may be hiring or posting for the entry position. Every city or town in Connecticut has its own criteria for hiring and is responsible for their own examination process. A prospective firefighter should research where they would be interested to work and the hiring process for that department. Most cities or towns rank candidates based on the results of a written examination and oral interview or assessment. CPAT (Candidates Physical Ability Test) may be an application or pre-employment requirement.

     

LINK to: How to Become a Connecticut Career Firefighter


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Recruit Firefighter Program

 

The Recruit Firefighter program is a 70 day, 14 week, resident course that focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the newly hired career firefighter or for the volunteer firefighter to perform entry-level tasks under direct supervision. The training consists of theory and practical skills development delivered on an incremental basis that will develop the maximum retention of job knowledge, skill competency, and safe practices. The recruit will establish a strong will for teamwork, company morale, self-discipline, and orderliness, precision and conduct to be a firefighter. Participation in daily Physical Fitness Training is required. Recruits will reside at the Connecticut Fire Academy weekdays throughout the course. The recruits are expected to satisfactorily perform both academically and physically to established standards while strictly adhering to and maintaining decorum of conduct, discipline and mutual respect.


Attendance Requirements - The tremendous instructional demands and contact hours to meet the requirements of the Recruit Firefighter Program certificate make approvals for excused absences extremely unlikely.  Recruits should plan their personal schedule accordingly.

 
Please review the more detailed description of the Recruit Firefighter Program THROUGH THE LINK BELOW.


   LINK to: Recruit Firefighter Program Description   


  LINK to: Recruit Class 60 Video                     LINK to: Recruit Class 59 Video


   LINK to: Recruit Class 58 Video                   
  LINK to: Recruit Class 57 Video

 

   LINK to: Recruit Class 56 Video                 LINK to: Recruit Class 55 Video

 

Application documents to the Recruit Firefighter Program will be available on this web-page 30 days prior to the start of the class.

 

Class sizes are limited and preference given to applicants hired or employed by the sponsoring Fire Department.

 

 

Physical Fitness Preparedness

 

As a way to better serve the state fire service, the Connecticut Firefighters Health and Safety Consortium has formalized our recommendations for preparation for the Recruit Firefighter Program. Historically over the past 5 years, using field-level fitness testing, greater than 40% of incoming recruits have been determined to be obese and otherwise deconditioned for their start as Recruits.

 

All future recruit classes will require this greater preparation for the rigors of training in order to address the obvious inherent physical risks of not being adequately prepared for both training and the beginning of a tremendously demanding profession.

 

These current modest but bold steps will address the obvious physical risks of poor conditioning, and ensure that each sponsoring fire department gets the most benefit from their respective investment in our Recruit Firefighter Program.

 

   LINK to: Connecticut Firefighters Physical Fitness Assessment and Preparation Guide

 

   LINK to: Self-Administered Physical Fitness Test

 

   LINK to: Recruit Firefighter Physical Fitness Video Mix

 

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

 

Recruit applicants are required to have a CPAT card issued no more than 2 years prior to the start of the program. A waiver may be granted after validation of a comparable Fire Department Physical Ability Test.

 

Deadlines for 2017 Connecticut CPAT applications are;

July 21, 2017 for the Fall test cycle that will meet the CPAT requirement for the Spring 2018 Class 61.

 

   LINK to: Connecticut Fire Academy CPAT page

 

 Medical Examination Requirements

 

Recruit applicants are required to have a Pre-Employment Fire Department physical or Fire Department Medical Examination within the past 12 months prior to the class start date.
 
For those in need of a Pre-Recruit Medical Examination, the NFPA 1582 Medical Examination Guidance will assist a Physician in complying with the National Fire Protection Associationís 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments medical evaluation.
 
An OSHA 1910.134, Respiratory Protection Program Guidelines Medical Evaluation Questionnaire is also available for the Physician in the medical evaluation process.
 
Review the links below to assist with completing the Medical Examination Confirmation, and Medical Certification page of the FIRE DEPARTMENT REGISTRATION
.

 

      LINK to: NFPA 1582 Medical Examination Guidance for Physician

 

      LINK to: OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire

 

Program Readiness

 

The Recruit Firefighter Program follows modern educational theory in these four main areas:
      Academics (Cognitive Learning Domain)
      Skill Proficiency (Psychomotor Domain)
      Professional Demeanor (Affective Domain)
      Work Capacity (Physical Fitness for the occupation)

 

For each of these areas, in which the recruits are both trained and measured, there is an opportunity to prepare and improve readiness and performance prior to arriving and during residence.

 

The Recruit Firefighter Program Preparation Guide provides additional information on how the prospective recruits can BEST PREPARE BEFORE THE START OF THE CLASS.
  
Click the link below for an orientation video that will prepare the Recruit candidate for the Recruit Firefighter Program.

 

      LINK to: Recruit Firefighter Program Preparation Guide

 

      LINK to: Orientation to the Recruit Firefighter Program Video


Orientation to the Recruit Firefighter Program


The Connecticut Fire Academy offers the prospective Recruit Firefighter a 2 hour orientation session to learn about the rigors the Recruit Firefighter Program, methods to prepare them prior to arrival and an opportunity to ask question related to the program.


Please register by using the Connecticut Fire Academyís Student Application Form 2018 for this FREE class.


Scheduled Dates:

June 19, 2018                10am to 12pm     Course Number: 17532              Held at CFA

June 20, 2018                6pm to 8pm         Course Number: 17533              Held at CFA

June 25, 2018                10am to 12pm     Course Number: 17534              Held at Fairfield Regional F.S.

June 25, 2018                6pm to 8pm         Course Number: 17535              Held at Fairfield Regional F.S.

June 20, 2018                6pm to 8pm         Course Number: 17536              Held at New Haven Regional F.S.

 

December 12, 2018       10am to 12pm     Course Number: 18327              Held at CFA

December 13, 2018       6pm to 8pm         Course Number: 18328              Held at CFA

December 17, 2018       10am to 12pm     Course Number: 18329              Held at Fairfield Regional F.S.

December 17, 2018       6pm to 8pm         Course Number: 18315              Held at Fairfield Regional F.S.

December 18, 2018       6pm to 8pm         Course Number: 18330              Held at New Haven Regional F.S.


LINK to: 2018 Orientation to Recruit Firefighter Program Flyer


LINK to: 2018 CFA Student Application


Tentative Dates for future Recruit Classes


Recruit Class 62

Fall 2018: August 27th Ė December 7th 2018 

Applicant for Class 62 requires a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card issued no earlier than August 27, 2016.


Recruit Class 63

Spring 2019: February 12th to may 22nd 2019 

Applicant for Class 63 requires a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card issued no earlier than February 12, 2017.


Application documents to the Recruit Firefighter Program will be available on this web-page 30 days prior to the start of the program.


Class sizes are limited and preference given to applicants that have been hired or is employed by the sponsoring Fire Department.


Recruits should be capable of meeting the Baseline Physical Fitness Standards outlined in the Connecticut Firefighters Physical Fitness Assessment and Preparation Guide.





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