Connecticut Fire Academy - Recruit Firefighter Program
The Recruit Firefighter Programís 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 departmentís 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 programís 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).
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)
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.
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 Associationís 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 oneís 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.
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 Academyís Student Application Form 2016 for this FREE class.
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;
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 58
Fall 2016: August 29th Ė 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.