The Suffolk County Fire Academy (SCFA) has compiled the following course of study for firefighters at various stages of their careers.

The regulations in New York State regarding the training of professional volunteer firefighters are minimal. For the most part, these regulations are under the auspices of the Department of Labor via the office of PESH. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has written consensus standards adopted by the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) as the minimum training requirements. The Suffolk County Fire Academy (SCFA) ascribes to these standards as set forth by the NFPA.

In keeping with the spirit of these standards, the SCFA has compiled the following course of study for firefighters at various stages of their careers. The study guides are merely a suggestion and are intended to help the firefighter and the Chief meet the minimum standards of training. The guides do not include departmental field training evolutions, which are designed to supplement the classroom training and assist the training officer in meeting the OSHA mandates for refresher training.


A. Courses delivered at local fire departments:

Firefighter I- consists of online, classroom, and hands-on training in compliance with NFPA standard 1001 and Haz-Mat Operations standard 1910. This is a pre-requisite program for most of the advanced courses offered by the Academy. Students have one year to complete the program once classes are started.

Engine Company Operations – (12 hours) a five-session course designed to complement the basic lessons of the Firefighter 1 program. (FFI is a pre-requisite for this course)

Ladder Company Operations – (9 hours) same as Engine Ops only concentrating on Ladder Company functions (FFI is a pre-requisite for this course).

The courses below are pre-requisites for Firefighter I:

IS-700 (3 hours) available online at 

IS-100 (3 hrs) available online at

The above listing is only a suggested plan of study for the beginning firefighter intending to orient him/her with the fire service without being overwhelmed. We understand and hope this would be in conjunction with your department's own training program at home and hands-on live fire training here at the Academy. Nor does this outline intend to discourage or deny a motivated firefighter from taking more advanced classes in a shorter time frame. The fire departments have the responsibility to familiarize the new firefighters with their procedures and keep proper records of all the training their firefighters receive.


B. Courses delivered at the Fire Academy:
"Live" fire training consisting of training sessions at the following training facilities at Yaphank:
  • Class "A" facility - 3 hours
  • Taxpayer facility - 3 hours
  • Flammable Liquid facility - 3 hours
  • Vehicle Fire facility - 3 hours
  • Flashover Simulator – 3 hoursMask Confidence Course - 3 hours


A. Courses delivered at fire departments: 

Firefighter II - Designed as the last step for interior structural firefighters, Firefighter II is based on objectives from NFPA Standard 1001, Firefighter Level II.  This course consists of performance criteria in: incident command implementation, building materials and collapse, special rescue, hydrant flow and operability, hose tools, foam operations, flammable liquid/gases, detection, alarm systems, fire cause and origin, fire department communications, pre-fire planning, special situations, strategy and tactics. (Prerequisites of Firefighter I + 1 year experience after completing FF1, IS-800)

Heavy Rescue 1  - 6 sessions: in a combined lecture and hands-on format. (FFI is a pre-requisite for this course)

Advanced Forcible Entry – (6 hours) 2 sessions (FFI is a pre-requisite for this course).

RIT/Firefighter Rescue - (15 hours) 5 sessions (FFI is a pre-requisite for this course). Subjects covered include Air Management, Emergency Communications, Downed Firefighter Removal Techniques and Self-Survival Skills.

EVOC – (14 hours) 4 sessions; 2 lectures and 2 hands-on (NYS Drivers License required).

Haz-Mat Ops. Refresher – (4 hours) required by OSHA annually.

Strategy & Tactics for Initial Company Operations (S.T.I.C.O.) – (20 HOURSThis course is designed to meet the needs of Company Officers responsible for managing the operation of one or more companies during structural firefighting operations.  It is designed to develop the management skills needed by Company Officers to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires.

B. Courses delivered at the Fire Academy:
Live Fire Training at the following:
  • Taxpayer Facility Tower Facility
  • LP Gas Facility
  • Class "A" Facility
  • Mask Confidence Course

FIRE OFFICER CANDIDATE Incident Safety Officer (ISO) – (15 hours) A four-session course resulting in a National certificate (Prerequisite FF1, NIMS-ICS or ICS-100 and ICS-200)

Introduction to Fire Officer –  (27 Hours) This is the first course in the Fire Officer series, addressing the Fire Officer I job performance requirements of NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.  Topics include assuming the role of company officer, leadership, supervision and management, fire department communications, the company officer’s role in safety, emergency response and size-up, strategy & tactics for single company operations, and incident management.
Fire Officer I – (24 Hours) This second course in the Fire Officer series continues to examine the transition from firefighter to supervisor, further addressing the Fire Officer I job performance requirements of NFPA 1021. Topics include group dynamics, information management and budgets, company level training, public education, community relations and labor relations, pre-incident planning, crew resource management, and strategy & tactics for multiple company operations. The Fire Officer I National Certification exam is offered at the end of this course, when taught at the Academy.

Fire Officer II – (24 Hours) Addressing the Fire Officer II job performance requirements of the NFPA 1021 standard, this course builds on the skills learned in Introduction to Fire Officer I and Fire Officer I.  Students begin to examine the functions of a “Managing Fire Officer”. Topics include government administration, human resource management, media relations, budgeting, fire inspection practices, analyzing injuries, post-incident analysis, preparing for the future.  Complex emergency response scenarios are also discussed.  The final exam for this course is the National Certification exam.

Principles of Instruction – (15 hours) An introductory course for individuals who will be conducting training at the company level. Topics include: qualities of a good instructor, job performance requirements, components of a lesson plan, cognitive and psychomotor lesson plans, dealing with adult learners, meeting individual learning needs, factors that affect learning, the instructor’s role in safety, new technologies in course delivery, and learning characteristics of different generations.

Fire Service Instructor 1 – (48 hours) Designed to provide students with the essential tools and skills to coordinate training in a small local fire/emergency medical service organization. Course content deals with a variety of training challenges facing the local training officer, including dealing with personnel, program planning, delivery, and training liability.

Once again this is a suggested plan of training to provide the firefighter with a well rounded education and comply with current Federal and State standards. It is by no means a complete and comprehensive program. This is primarily classroom training that should be complemented with your department's live fire training evolutions. There are additional specialty subjects firefighters may take to increase their skills. This recommended plan covers the basics.  For further details on these and other courses, see our training catalog.