County Fire Academy offers a full range of courses for the firefighters,
hazmet team members, and rescue personnel.
Information on our facility rental will be found at the end of this section.
Unless specifically indicated, information in this section pertains to
all services offered.
Prerequisites are indicated in the course description section for
each MCFA course. Please make sure your personnel have successfully
completed all necessary prerequisites before signing up for a class.
If a person has taken a course which is a prerequisite for an Academy
course from an institution other than the Middlesex County Fire Academy(MCFA),
he or she must supply documentation of this at time of application. Copies
of certificates for these courses must accompany the course application
in order to receive equivalency credit for that course.
forms must be completely filled out and submitted prior to the
start of the class. NO WALK-INS WILL BE PERMITTED!
you have personnel you wish to enroll in a course, return the application
form for that course.
use the full legal name of the student on the application form
instead of nicknames or initials.
will be sent to the sponsoring agency approximately 15 days prior to the
start of the course. Please submit appropriate payment (check or purchase
order) upon receipt of the course confirmation.
You will be billed for each person registered for a course. If you
have to cancel for some reason, you must do so at least one (1) week prior
to the starting date of the first class or satellite program. Cancellations
must be made with the administration office. You may telephone Monday
through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
If you do not cancel as above, you will be billed for the full price.
After business hours contact (732) 316-7177.
If you discover that a person who has preregistered cannot attend
a course, you may send a substitute, if he or she has met the prerequisites
for that course.
Students are responsible for signing the roster for each lesson to
assure receiving credit for the course. Make-up students are required
to sign the make-up class roster with their original class number in order
to receive credit.
In order to be evaluated or to be issued a certificate of completion,
100% attendance is required.
Any student reporting late for class shall report to the instructor
in charge before reporting to class. Habitual tardiness without a valid
excuse will result in the student being dropped from the course. Any student
missing more than 20% of the lessons in any course will be dropped from
that course and will be required to reapply for that course the next time
it is run.
No student shall leave the Fire Academy prior to class dismissal without
permission from the instructor in charge of the facility.
MAKEUP POLICY: FIREFIGHTER I & II, FIRE PREVENTION INSPECTOR
Lessons missed in a Firefighter I or II class must be made up before
the end of the following semester (unless over 20%). It is the student's
responsibility to contact the Fire Academy for the dates of the missed
class. The student must sign the class roster and also indicate the prior
class number in order to receive credit for the session. When all missed
lessons have been successfully completed the student will be awarded a
CLASSES UNDER 30 HOURS
There will be no make up for classes less than 30 hours. A student
is responsible to attend all classes. If you are unable to attend all
classes than the entire class must be repeated at the student's expense.
will begin promptly at 7:30 PM for evening courses and 9:00 AM for day
and weekend courses.
DRESS CODE &
The proper dress code for the MFCA is as follows: Shorts and cutoffs
are never permitted.
but neat clothing is permitted. No hats are allowed.
clothing is suggested for outdoor programs. Clothing may become
soiled by outdoor activities, so dress appropriately. No shorts,
cutoffs, skirts, or dresses. Trousers
and long sleeve shirts are suggested. No open-toed footwear
any live burn activities, No jewelry may be worn. This includes
earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or rings.
Medic Alert bracelets and necklaces are exempt.
protective clothing worn must meet OSHA (29 CFR 1910.156) and
New Jersey PEOSHA requirements.
BREATHING APPARATUS, AND SMOKE OR LIVE BURN EVOLUTIONS
one who has a beard or excessive facial hair shall be permitted
to participate in any courses that require the use of Self Contained
Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). This includes any flammable gas or
liquid evolutions. This is according to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134,NFPA
1500,Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health,
Sec.5-3.10 PEOSHA and MFCA policy.
student participating in live fire training, who comes with hair
that extends below his or her collar must arrange it so that it
does not fall below the collar. Hair enclosed in an OSHA approved
hood is acceptable.
any courses requiring the use of SCBA, it shall be the student's
responsibility to provide his or her own, plus a spare air cylinder.
The Academy has a limited amount of SCBA equipment and that is
dedicated to Instructor use and for demonstration purposes only.
The academy will refill any student's air cylinder, provided it
has an up-to-date hydrostatic test date on it.
the physical requirements of the job for which these skills are being
taught, and the nature of the job itself, any student who would pose
a direct threat to the health or safety to themselves and/or to others
shall not be admitted to the class.
Students shall not be given credit for any unit of instruction in which
they did not actively participate. Students who do not actively participate
in any portion of the class will not be given a certificate of completion
for the class and will not be eligible to return for other courses for
which the uncompleted class is a prerequisite.
The aforesaid rules shall conform to the requirements of the A.D.A.
the responsibility of each organization using the Middlesex County Fire
Academy for training or any other purpose, to provide a certificate
of insurance from its insurance company prior to the drill. This certificate
of insurance shall contain the following information.
insurance in a minimum value of $1,000,000.
30-day cancellation clause must be on this certificate.
County of Middlesex shall be named as an additional insured.
certificate of insurance holder shall be the Middlesex County Fire
new certificate of insurance must be submitted upon expiration of
the existing insurance certificate.
Payment for any
and all medical, first aid, and related charges shall be the responsibility
of the student's or user's sponsoring organization.
will be awarded for all courses three hours in length or longer.
Certificates will be sent to the sponsoring organization after the
end of the course.
certificate, patch and chevron will be sent to each sponsoring organization.
available for the following: Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Emergency
Vehicle Operator, Pump Operator, Incipient Fire Brigade, Structural
Fire Brigade, and Hazardous Materials Technician.
file will be established for all students who successfully complete
a MCFA certificate course. Copies of this certificate, and any other
certificates which are awarded by the MCFA to the student, will be automatically
placed into the student's training file. A copy of this file will be
disseminated only at the written request of the student. A nominal fee
will be charged for this service. The fee will be determined by the
size of the file.
shall be courteous and disciplined. Proper decorum shall be observed
at all times toward fellow students, academy staff, and instructors.
Eating and drinking must be confined to the cafeteria area only. No
food or drink is permitted in classrooms.
Students are responsible for maintaining all books, equipment, apparatus
and buildings made available for their use.
The following are prohibited: Abusive, profane or obscene language
or behavior; horseplay or any disturbance during class; any form of
gambling; sexual harassment; use; possession or introduction of any
intoxicants; or reporting to class under the influence of intoxicants,
fighting, cheating on quizzes or exams.
Anyone who exhibits the aforementioned will be expelled from the Academy
and its property.
Books, papers or other materials on the instructor's desk, podium or
chalkboard are for the use of the MCFA staff only.
phones are located in the hallway near classrooms #2 and #3. These are
to be used for any outgoing calls by the students. Any in coming emergency
calls may be received on the Academy main telephone number.
If an emergency occurs on the training ground, contact the fire instructor
in charge of the facility.
is prohibited anywhere in the administration building and inside the
fenced-in training area. This includes any of the restrooms. There are
receptacles for cigarette butts on the outside of each entrance to the
administration building. These are to be used for cigarettes butts only.
There are other receptacles for trash at these locations. Anyone wishing
to smoke must do so outdoors, except in those areas specifically posted
as NO SMOKING. Chewing tobacco is also prohibited in the classrooms
and on the training grounds.
and women's restrooms are located in the administration building, just
off the main hallway, near classrooms #1 and #4, as well as inside building
place all trash in the proper receptacles. These are located throughout
the facility. Any refuse which is considered recyclable shall be placed
in the appropriate container.
PAGERS and RADIO
receivers and pagers shall be in the OFF position during instruction
will not be considered an excuse for being late or missing a lesson.
Any student who is attending a course at the Fire Academy is expected
to be on time for any course he or she is attending. Unless specifically
called by his or her department, no student shall leave for an incident
in his or her response district.
USE of SIRENS
and OTHER AUDIBLE EQUIPMENT
visiting and/or attending any fire academy course or programs shall
use sirens or other audible devices while entering, leaving, or while
on any part of MCFA property.
will park only in areas that are designed for student parking. These
areas are as follows:
Students are prohibited
from parking in the following areas:
- Parking Area 2.
- All parking spaces
marked for Handicapped Parking.
- All parking spaces
designated for visitors or the staff of the MCFA, Hazardous Materials
Unit, or the Office of Emergency Management.
FIRE ACADEMY CLOSINGS
any reason, the MCFA is forced to suspend operations (inclement weather,
natural disaster, etc.) notice of the closing will be broadcast over radio
station WCTC-AM at 1450 or WMCQ-FM at 98.3 or call (732) 727-0008.
Every effort will be made to reschedule suspended classes at the earliest
available date. Students will be informed of the rescheduling when the
class next meets.