Firefighting

Firefighting Course Test Dates & Information
  • Fire Fighter Level I: Written and Practical Challenge Test - May 5, 2012
  • Fire Fighter Level II: Written and Practical Challenge Test - May 5, 2012

This is the written and practical challenge test for the Pennsylvania Voluntary Certification Program accredited by the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (NPQS) and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Successful completion of a certification level permits you to apply to the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications for national certification and registry.

The Fire Fighter I or II written test is 100 multiple choice questions based on the NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications 2002 Edition. The passing grade for the written test is 70%.

Practical Skills
The practical, hands-on skill testing for Fire Fighting I has 12 skill stations that must all be successfully passed. Fire Fighter II will have five skill stations that must all be passed. You must successfully complete both the written and practical tests to be certified. You must be certified as a Fire Fighter I before making application to challenge Fire Fighter II.

Materials
Download candidate handbooks, applications, and skill sheets from the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) website. Candidates can also obtain the appropriate candidate handbook and application from Herbert D. Adams, the Montgomery County Fire Academy coordinator, at 610-278-3500.

Applications
All applications, when totally completed and all necessary documents are attached, should be submitted (do not fax) by the registration spring deadline of April 15, 2011, and the fall deadline of August 31, 2011, to:
Montgomery County Fire Academy
Attn: Herbert D. Adams
1175 Conshohocken Road
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Additional Class Information
  • Student equipment / supplies needed: Written test - Bring #2 pencils; practical test - F.T.O.G. and S.C.B.A.
  • Manual: Please refer to Candidate Handbook on the PSFA website
  • Pre-requisite: As noted in the Fire Fighter I Application and Fire Fighter II Application and Candidate Handbook
  • Class size limit: Fire Fighter I - 30 students; Fire Fighter II - 30 students
  • Certificate(s) issued: Office of the State Fire Commissioner Certificate with a National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications state number and an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress national number; the applicant will also receive a form to apply for certification and registry with the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications
  • Cost: Firefighting I - $100; Firefighter II - $75