This Certificate was developed in collaboration with local fire agencies to provide career pathways that meet the needs of emergency response and fire service in and outside of New Haven County. Our program offers high quality, diverse learning and training opportunities to prepare students for the industry. Fire Department applicants who have post-secondary firefighting education have a clear advantage over other candidates. This technical certificate program will help graduates secure employment in the firefighter and emergency responder profession.
Gateway students are prepared as first responders in a fire, traffic accident or medical emergency. Training includes CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test), FFI, FFII, and EMT as most fire departments require prospective candidates to have certification as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). This program is designed to incorporate the orientation to fire service with the necessary theory and hands-on applications needed to become a certified Fire Fighter. This program qualifies students to take the state certification exam with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (which includes both written and practical skills) to become a Certified Fire Fighter in the state of Connecticut. An association or volunteer status is needed to have full certification. Continued population growth will increase the number of emergency calls requiring firefighter responses. The majority of situations that firefighters respond to are medical—rather than fire—emergencies, and the aging of the population will lead to an increased demand for emergency responders. For more information, contact Dave Marcarelli by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: There are prerequisites, medical, PPE gear, and physical requirements for program enrollment as well as mandatory attendance at an information session for program enrollment. Students must either test above MAT* 085 and ENG* 066 or complete these courses with a C or better prior to entering the program. Due to practical training, some courses in this program take place at the New Haven Regional Fire Academy. Students are required to wear a uniform in all classes and have structural firefighting Personal Protective Equipment (required PPE gear is Turnout and SCBA). Each student must rent or own the required PPE gear.