Connecticut Fire Academy
Recruit Firefighter Program - Class 56
August 31, 2015 to December 11, 2015
The Application to the Recruit Firefighter Program – Class 56 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.
Checklist are provided for each section to ensure Fire Departments have completed the necessary documentation, provided the applicant with the required equipment and inform the recruit of personal items required for the program.
Follow the steps lists below in 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 Monday
August 24, 2015 (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 Application and Payment by August 10, 2015.
Section 2 – Recruit Applicant Packet
To be completed and brought in by the Recruit on the first day of the program, Monday
August 31, 2015.
Copies of your CPAT, EMR, EMT, EMT/P and CPR cards should be brought in at this time.
Class 56 requires a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card issued no earlier than August 31, 2013.
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
STEP 2: Print Section 1, FIRE DEPARTMENT REGISTRATION
Section 1 – Fire Department Registration Packet should be received by CFA no later
than August 23, 2015. Volunteer and/or Call Firefighters must submit Section 1
no later than August 10, 2015.
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
STEP 5: Print 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 2015 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.
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.
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 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.
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 2015 for this FREE class.
December 15, 2015 10am to 12pm Course Number: 16003
December 16, 2015 6pm to 8pm Course Number: 16045
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 2015 Connecticut CPAT applications are 7/23/15 for the Fall test cycle that will meet the CPAT requirement for Spring 2016 Class 57.
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 program.
Class sizes are limited and preference given to applicants that have been hired or is employed by the sponsoring Fire Department.