Basic Operations Firefighter Academy (320 hours)

Program Description

The NIPSTA Basic Operations Firefighter Academy is an exceptional educational experience, satisfying both the requirements of the State of Illinois Basic Operations Firefighter Certification and fulfilling the year-round training needs of fire departments and fire protection districts. NFA's nine-week curriculum exceeds all learning objectives identified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, as well as NFPA 1001. All training is accomplished on the 20-acre NIPSTA Campus and is supported by multiple state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor training props. The program is delivered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. To Register for the NIPSTA Fire Academy, you must be sponsored by a fire department; no independent students are currently being accepted into this program.

The Fire Academy can reached at FireAcademy@nipsta.org, or by contacting any of the coordinators listed to the right. 

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  • 1804 - Fall Session: [CLOSED]

  • 1901 - Winter Session: January 14 - March 15, 2019

  • 1902 - Spring Session:April 15 - June 14, 2019

  • 1903 - Summer Session: July 15 - September 13, 2019

  • 1904 - Fall Session: October 14 - December 15, 2019

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  1. Mike Fox

    Fire Academy Program Coordinator

  2. Doug Schick

    Fire Academy Program Coordinator

  3. Kelly Burns

    Fire Academy Program Coordinator

  1. Course Syllabus
  2. Student Textbook
  3. Supporting Docs
  4. Gallery
  5. Registration Info

Basic Operations Firefighter