CFPC: Recruit Application Package

Connecticut Fire Academy - 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 and maintaining decorum of conduct, discipline and mutual respect.

Please review the more detailed description of the Recruit Firefighter Program THROUGH THE LINK BELOW. This LINK also provides information on how the prospective recruit can BEST PREPARE BEFORE THE START OF THE CLASS.   


Medical Examination Requirements

Recruit applicants are required to have a Pre-Employment Fire Department physical or Fire Department Medical Examination in the past 12 months prior to the class start date.

Below is guidance information for those are in need of a Pre-Recruit Medical Examination.

STEP 3: Review the links below to assist with completing the Medical Examination Confirmation, and Medical Certification page of the FIRE DEPARTMENT REGISTRATION.

LINK to: Guidance for Medical Examination

LINK to: Guidance for Medical Examination OSHA Questionnaire

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. Class 56 requires a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card issued no earlier than August 31, 2013. Deadlines for 2015 Connecticut CPAT applications are 7/23/15 for the Fall test cycle that will meet the CPAT requirement for Spring 2016 Class 57.

Physical Fitness Preparedness

This is a very physically demanding profession, and it is unforgiving with age, infirmary, and weakness. CPAT is NOT the standard by which a prospective Recruit should measure his or her physical fitness; it is only considered by our Recruit Firefighter Program to be a measure of one’s ability to be physically trained. You must have a strong understanding of the demands of the Recruit Firefighter Program, and prepare to arrive as the occupational athlete that the profession requires.

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.
Click the link below for an orientation video that will prepare the Recruit candidate for the Recruit Firefighter Program.


Click the link below for a orientation video for the Recruit Firefighter Program.

Orientation Video to the Recruit Firefighter Program



Tentative Dates for future Recruit classes

Recruit Class 56

Fall 2015: August 31st – December 11th 2015 

Recruit Class 57

Spring 2016: February 9th – May 19st 2016 




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