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

As recommended by the IL OSFM, the following textbook is required for NIPSTA’s Basic Operations Firefighter course:

  • Jones & Bartlett Learning Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills: Evidence Based Practices”, 3rd EditionScreen Shot 2018-04-06 at 10.53.35 AM

    •  ISBN: 9781284098211

The following textbook is required if you or your student will be participating in the Hazardous Materials portion of NIPSTA's Basic Firefighter program (more info here):

  • Title: Hazardous Awareness and Operations, 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett

    • ISBN: 9781284140705

  • Emergency Response Guide, 2016 Edition, Department of Transportation

Ordering info can be found on the course registration page. Screen Shot 2018-04-06 at 10.54.44 AM

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Basic Operations Firefighter