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. See the Fact Sheet on getting hired in the supporting docs tab below. 

The Fire Academy can reached at, or by contacting any of Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 12.24.53 PMthe coordinators listed to the right. 

Upcoming Fire Academy Dates

  • 2002 - Spring Session: April 13 - June 12, 2020 (POSTPONED)

    • New date April 27 - June 26, 2020

  • 2003 - Summer Session: July 13 - September 11, 2020

  • 2004 - Fall Session: October 12 - December 11, 2020

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  1. Doug Schick

    Fire Academy Program Coordinator

  2. Kelly Burns

    Fire Academy Program Coordinator

  3. Orlando Diaz

    Fire Academy Program Coordinator

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  4. Registration Info
  5. G.I. Bill Info

Basic Operations Firefighter

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

  • Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills & Hazardous Materials Response: 4th EditionScreen Shot 2019-11-01 at 2.09.16 PM

    •  ISBN: 9781284151336

This new combined textbook includes all the resources needed to challenge the OSFM Basic Operations and Hazardous Materials Operations exam. 

NIPSTA students will receive a 25% discount coupon link included with their registration invoice at checkout.