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.

Upcoming Fire Academy Datesfire-1

  • 1802 - Spring Session: April 16 - June 15, 2018

  • 1803 - Summer Session: July 16 - September 14, 2018

  • 1804 - Fall Session: October 15 - December 14, 2018

  • 2019 Dates Coming Soon!

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  1. Scott Exo

    Fire Academy Program Coordinator

  2. Mike Fox

    Fire Academy Program Coordinator

  3. Doug Schick

    Fire Academy Program Coordinator

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Basic Operations Firefighter