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Firefighter I

Are Ropes & Knots still a testable skill?

Yes! (Do not listen to rumors!) Additionally, the practical skills exam includes the following stations:

Ladders, Hose Handling, SCBA Emergencies, Firefighter Removal, PPE and Emergency Response Guidebook proficiency.

Can I use an E- Book for the class?

An E Book can be purchased from IFSTA at a reduced cost from the traditional text.

Do I have to enroll to take the course?

Enrollment is mandatory and students should be aware of class dates prior to committing to a particular course. Students are no longer permitted to just show up and attend a class.

Do I have to register for the Hands on Training (HOT), Practical Skills Exam and Written Final?

No, these dates are now encompassed within the courses.

How are the classes offered?

The Firefighter 1 program will be offered in four formats. They are as follows:

Hybrid Class – The Hybrid class is a combination of online learning and traditional classroom sessions offered over a 15-week period.  There are five mandatory classroom sessions, eight online sessions and six hands-on training (HOT).  Included are the Practical Skills exam and written final exam.

Conventional Class – This course is comprised of fourteen classroom sessions, six hands-on training (HOT) and the Practical Skills exam and written final exam.  The class will meet on a set day and time each week.  Quizzes and tests must be successfully completed online.

Sunday Boot Camp – This course is offered over a ten-week period on Sundays.  Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and run to approximately 2:00 p.m.  The majority of the course is structured with traditional classroom sessions in the morning and hands-on training in the afternoon.  Quizzes and tests must be successfully completed online.  The course concludes with the Practical Skills exam and written final exam.

Weekday Boot Camp – This course is offered over a two-week period.  Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and run to approximately 3:00 p.m.  The majority of the course is structured with traditional classroom sessions in the morning and hands-on training in the afternoon.  Quizzes and tests must be successfully completed online.  The course concludes with the Practical Skills exam and written final exam.  Due to the condensed timeline, extensive preliminary reading and work is required.

How do I register for a course?

Registration is accomplished online via the SCFA Web site. Upon verification of enrollment in a Hybrid course students will be instructed on the procedure to access the IFSTA Resource One program.

How much time do I have to complete the program?

Once enrolled in a course you will complete the Firefighter 1 program in the indicated time period. If you are unable to complete the course you will be removed from the program and required to enroll in another course. You will be required to attend all the classes associated with that course.

If I have a specific question or need additional assistance with the program who should I contact?

Students can contact a Chief Officer via e mail @ guidancecounselor@scfa-li.org for assistance and guidance with special situations. We request you refrain from calling the academy and all inquiries will be addressed ASAP.

Is there other study material available to assist with test preparation?

IFSTA offers a Firefighter 1 workbook and Test Prep that is recommended to insure the student’s success with this program.

What are the subjects covered during the Hands on Training (HOT)?

Ladders

Hose Handling

Fire Behavior / Flashover Simulator

Tools / Car Fires

Search / Firefighter removal / Victim removal

SCBA Emergencies (Basic Mask Confidence Course)

* Each training session starts with the 2 minute PPE Drill

** Ropes and Knots (hands on) are taught during the classroom session

What happens if I miss a class?

You are required to contact the lead instructor for that course and be guided by his instructions. Excusals will only be granted for justifiable reasons (i.e., Family emergencies, death in the family or unavoidable work conflict) and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Multiple absences may require the firefighter to withdraw from that course.

What is the required equipment for the Hands on Training?

Full PPE including Hood, SCBA & Spare cylinder, Hydration based beverages. Long pants and shirt is required for the Flashover simulator. Performance Fitness Wear (Under Armour type clothing) should not be worn. Students must remove all piercings.

What textbook will be used?

The textbook is the IFSTA Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations (7th Edition). 

Where do I find the dates that the course will be meeting?

Courses will be posted at the Academy website on the open enrollment page.