The Basic Firefighter Training program, offered through the Georgia Fire Academy at GPSTC, is the top firefighter training program in the state of Georgia and is designed for applicants who are interested in becoming career firefighters and earning state certification as a firefighter. The eight week program consists of 345 hours of rigorous training that includes classroom-based lecture and practical skills building sessions
As mandated by the Georgia Fire Standards and Training Council, all career firefighters in Georgia must complete this basic training in order to earn state certification.
Basic Firefighter Training Program Highlights
Length of Program: 8 weeks
Fees: Students must provide their own NFPA compliant gear
Dates Offered: View dates the program is offered
Locations offered: Forsyth Campus
Students who wish to enroll in either the Basic Firefighter Training program for certification or the Basic Volunteer Firefighter with Live Fire program for registration and who are currently employed by a fire department should contact their supervisor or training officer for details. Civilians who wish to attend a Basic Firefighter Training program to become a firefighter may do so as pre-service candidates and should carefully read the GPSTC web page on how to become a firefighter in Georgia.
The Basic Firefighter programs for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center is provided for all firefighter personnel to download free of charge. Access our Basic Firefighter Training Program page for more information on downloading this material.
CurriculumGPSTC's Basic Firefighter Training program consists of 345 course hours and takes eight weeks to complete. In addition to the curriculum topics listed below, time will be devoted to additional practical exercises, administrative activities and testing.
|Basic Firefighter Topic||Course Hours|
|Firefighter Orientation & History||4|
|Firefighter Safety & Health||12|
|Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment||12|
|Portable Fire Extinguishers||10|
|Ropes & Knots||11|
|Rescue & Extrication||14|
|Wild Land Fire Control||10|
|Fire Detection, Alarm and Suppression||4|
|Protecting Fire Scene Evidence||4|
|Fire Department Communication||3|
|Basic Pre-Hospital Care for Firefighters||6|
|Live Fire Techniques||24|