Firefighter I


As the initial entry program for firefighting personnel, Firefighter I introduce firefighting concepts, practices, and techniques necessary for success within the fire service.

Based on the Firefighter Level 1 objectives from NFPA Standard 1001, this course develops knowledge, skills and abilities based on performance criteria for the following topics: fire department organization, firefighter safety, fire behavior, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, building searches, forcible entry, ground ladders, ventilation, hose practices, fire streams, loss control and hazmat operations. Encompassed in the program are classroom sessions, virtual online sessions, and self-paced learning over a 16-week period.  There will be 5 hands-on performance sessions that cover the following: SCBA emergencies, tools, search, victim and firefighter removal, ladders, hose handling, fire behavior, and vehicle fires. A practical skills exam and written test are administered at the end of the course. Students must attend all sessions of this course.  Registration is required and no walk-ins will be admitted.  

Students will also be required to participate in online discussions as determined by the instructor, using IFSTA ResourceOne.  Upon successful registration, students will be provided with access information for the ResourceOne program and the course syllabus.   Pre-registration is required, after your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email with final instructions.

NOTE: Prior to taking hands-on sessions, probationary firefighters must be certified by the Chief of their Department in the following areas: 1) qualified on the Department’s SCBA equipment 2) is physically and medically fit to undertake the training and passed the Department’s required physical exam.

Course Length: 110 Hours
Prerequisite: CPR, ICS 100*
Certificate: NYS, College Accredited

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