CFPC: Recruit Application Package


Connecticut Fire Academy - Recruit Firefighter Program
Class 57
February 17, 2016 to May 25, 2016

Class size is limited with preference given to those applicants that are employed full time by the sponsoring Fire Department.

The Recruit Firefighter Program’s 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.

The applicant has documented proof of meeting the fire department’s 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 program’s 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)

Application Information

The Application to the Recruit Firefighter Program – Class 57 is a Two-Section application.

Section 1 – Fire Department Registration
      This section will register the applicant with the CFA and provide the program with important FD information prior to the start of program.
 
Section 2 – Recruit Applicant Information 
      This section will provide the program with information about the applicant and authorizations at the start of program.
 
Checklists are provided for each section to ensure Fire Departments have completed the necessary documentation providing the applicant with the required equipment and inform the recruit of personal items required for the program.

Follow the steps lists below to complete the documents and meet the deadlines.

Section 1 – Fire Department Registration Packet
      To be Completed and Faxed or Mailed to the Connecticut Fire Academy by Wednesday February 10, 2016 (7 days prior to the start of class) for those recruits that has been hired or is employed by the sponsoring Fire Department.

Applicants who are considered to be a Volunteer or Call Firefighter for their sponsoring Fire Department must submit the Section 1 FD Registration and Payment by January 27, 2016.

Applicants who are considered to be a Volunteer or Call Firefighter for their sponsoring Fire Department will be notified via Email of their acceptance into the Recruit Firefighter Program by February 3, 2016.

Section 2 – Recruit Applicant Packet
      To be completed and brought in by the Recruit on the first day of the program, Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Copies of CPAT, EMR, EMT, EMT/P and CPR cards should be brought in at this time.

Class 57 requires a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card issued no earlier than February 17, 2014.

**IMPORTANT**
The information below has changed from all prior applications. Your great attention to detail in completing the updated forms and following the new process is critical to the efficient registration of each recruit. Click on each LINK to access all of the forms and documents.

Recruit Firefighter Program Application Packets

SECTION 1, FIRE DEPARTMENT REGISTRATION
        
STEP 1: Print Section 1 CHECKLIST 
      LINK to: Chief/Training Officer Checklist of Required Items

STEP 2: Print Section 1, FIRE DEPARTMENT REGISTRATION
      LINK to: SECTION 1: Fire Department Registration Packet

      Section 1 – Fire Department Registration Packet should be received by CFA no later than February 10, 2016. Volunteer and/or Call Firefighters must submit Section 1 no later than January 27, 2016.

STEP 3: Ensure that each recruit from your department reads and understands the Recruit Firefighter Program Rules and Regulations described and available below.

SECTION 2, RECRUIT APPLICANT PACKET
        
STEP 4: Print Section 2 CHECKLIST 
      LINK to: Recruit Applicant Checklist of Required Items

STEP 5: Print Section 2, RECRUIT APPLICANT PACKET
      LINK to: SECTION 2: Recruit Applicant Packet

      Section 2 -Recruit Applicant Packet will be collected on the First Day of Class

Recruit Firefighter Program Rules and Regulations

Attached are the 2016 Recruit Firefighter Program Rules and Regulations as approved by the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control and the Department of Emergency Services and Public  Protection.

The Recruit Firefighter Program Rules and Regulations are to be read and understood by the Recruit prior to the start of the program.

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 Association’s 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.



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.

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.



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.
 
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 56 Video

      LINK to: Recruit Class 55 Video


Recruit Firefighter Program Orientation

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 Academy’s Student Application Form 2016 for this FREE class.

Dates:
July 13, 2016  10am to 12pm   Course Number: 17042
July 14, 2016  6pm to 8pm   Course Number: 17043
December 14, 2016 10am to 12pm   Course Number: 17044
December 15, 2016 6pm to 8pm   Course Number: 17045

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 2016 Connecticut CPAT applications are;
February 26, 2016 for the Spring test cycle that will meet the CPAT requirement for Fall 2016 Class 58.
July 23, 2016 for the Fall test cycle that will meet the CPAT requirement for the Spring 2017 Class 59.

Tentative Dates for future Recruit classes

Recruit Class 57

Spring 2016: February 17th – May 25st 2016
Class 57 requires a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card issued no earlier than February 17, 2014.

Recruit Class 58

Fall 2016: August 29th – December 9th 2016
Class 58 requires a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card issued no earlier than August 29, 2014.

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.



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