Cobb County Government

Recruit School: Firefighter Training

This outline is merely a guide or idea of what recruit school is about, it is not an agenda or a day by day schedule.

Recruit school for Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services is approximately nine months long. Twenty six weeks of training to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician. The other twelve weeks to become a certified Georgia Firefighter and an NPQ Firefighter II, which is a national certification.

Recruit School is progressive training. Candidates will be instructed in a block of information that they will build on in future classes. For example, recruits will learn self-rescue while wearing an SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus). Then, the recruits will learn how to use those techniques to rescue victims from a structure. Typically, each day begins with physical fitness training, which involves running, strength training, or drills that will combine both to develop teamwork. Candidates will have classroom instruction and training in the field setting on the training ground. This training is based off the curriculum from IFSTA training manual 6th edition, "Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations". Recruits will have to physically demonstrate techniques that they learned in the classroom environment. Every Monday, recruits will be tested on the material that was instructed in the previous week. The following is a typical training schedule for the twelve weeks of fire training and is subject to change:

Week 1&2
Recruits participate in a new hire orientation. They are introduced to the Management Staff and the Training Staff. Recruits are informed of the department's rules and regulations, as well as the Cobb County Rules and Regulations for conduct. Recruits will be given a physical fitness test. Recruits will be measured for fire fighting gear, tested for their personal face piece and SCBA training. Additional training for the first two weeks will consist of CPR certification, computer training, incident command system training and orientation of personal protective equipment (fire fighting gear). 
Week 3

Day 1 - Week 3 training begins with Testing on training received in week 1& 2. Followed by classroom instruction:

·          Pride & Ownership / (Chpt 1) Orientation & Fire Service History / (Chpt 2) FF  Safety & Health

 Day 2
Classroom


·          Physical Training / (Chpt 4) Building Construction / (Chpt 6) FF Personal Protective Equipment

Day 3
Classroom


·          Physical Training / (Chpt 7) Portable Fire Extinguishers / (Chpt 21) Fire & Life Safety Initiatives

Day 4
Classroom


·          Physical Training / (Chpt 3) FD Communications with tour of 911 communications center Off Campus

Day 5
Classroom


·       Physical Training / (Chpt 8) Ropes, Webbing & Knots

Week 4

Day 1 – Classroom (Testing from week 3)

·          Physical Training / (Chpt 12) Ground Ladders - Classroom

Day 2 – Tower Drills

·          Physical Training / Ladders – Tower Drills

Day 3 - Tower Drills

·          Physical Training  / Ladders – Tower Drills

Day 4 – Classroom & Tower Drills

·          Physical Training  / (Chpt 12)  Forcible Entry / Forcible Entry – Tower drills

Day 5 – Tower Drills

·       Forcible Entry – Tower drills

Week 5

(Testing from week 4)

Hazmat Awareness & Operations Week – (Chpt 23 & 24)

·      Days 1 thru 5 - All recruits will be NPQ certified in hazmat awareness & operations. National testing will be held on Friday of this week.

Week 6

Day 1 - Classroom

·          Physical Training / (Chpt 5) Fire Behavior

Day 2 – Classroom

·          Physical Training / (Chpt 13) Tactical Ventilation -

Day 3 - Tower Drills

·          Physical Training / Ventilation - Tower Drills

Day 4 - Tower Drills

·          Physical Training / Ventilation - Tower Drills

Day 5 - Classroom & Tower Drills

Physical Training / (Chpt 5) Fire Hose /  TIC Drill / Active Shooter class

Week 7

Day 1 - Classroom: (Testing from week 6)

·          Physical Training / (Chpt 19) Fire Origin & Cause Determination / (Chpt 17) Fire Control

Day 2 -
Physical Training / (Chpt 18) Loss Control

Day 3 -
Physical Training / (Chpt 9)  Structural Search, Victim Removal and Fire Fighter Survival

Day 4 -
Search & Rescue – Tower Drill   

Day 5 -
Search & Rescue Drill – (Fair Oaks) (Cold Smoke)

Week 8

Day 1 - Classroom: (Testing from week 7)

·          Search & Rescue – Tower Drill   

Day 2 – Classroom

·          Physical Training / (Chpt 14)  Water Supply / (Chpt 16)  Fire Streams / Water Treatment Plant Tour

Day 3 – Tower Drills

·          Fire Streams, Hose & Water Supply

Day 4 - Tower Drills

·          Fire Streams, Hose & Water Supply

Day 5 - Tower Drills

·       Fire Control (Smoke)

Week 9

Day 1 – Tower Drills: (Testing from week 8)

·          Fire Control (Live Fire)

Day 2 – Classroom

·          Physical Training / (Chpt 10)  Extrication

Day 3 - Drills

·          Extrication (Practical’s)

Day 4 – Classroom

·          Physical Training / (Chpt 22) Emergency Care for First Responders / Benevolent & Death Benefit Fund

Day 5 – Classroom

·          (Chpt 20) High – Rise (Off Site)

Day 6 – Drills

·          High – Rise (Off Site)

Week 10

Day 1 - Tower Drills: (Testing from week 9)

·          Fire fighter Survival Drill

Day 2 – Tower Drill

·          Fire fighter Survival Drill

Day 3 - Drill

·          Maze Drill

Day 4 – Tower Drill

·          Live Fire Drill

Day 5 – Recruits Off

Week 11

Day 1 – Tower Drills

·          Physical Training / Hose Evolutions (Tower)

Day 2  - Drill

·          LP Burn & Car Fire (Dobbins AFB)

Day 3  Drills

·          Physical Training / NPQ Practice

Day 4- Drills

·          Physical Training / NPQ Practice

Day 5 – Evaluations

·       Physical Training / CCFES Written Final Exam / NPQ Practice

Week 12

Day 1 – Evaluations

·          Physical Training / CCFES Practical Final Exam

Day 2 – Evaluations

·          NPQ Written Final Exam

Day 3  - Evaluations

·          NPQ Practical Final Exam

Day 4 –  Make Up Day

Day 5 -  Drill

·       Night Drill

 

At this point in time, those persons who are already a certified Georgia EMT or paramedic can report to the field. All others will proceed to complete the required training to become a certified Georgia Emergency Medical Technician.