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Fire Department Recruit School

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For questions, contact our recruiters from Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services via email at [email protected] or call Investigator Alan Land at (770) 528-8343.

Emergency Medical Training

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Recruit School lasts for 6 months. This class is required to be 389 hours, however, Cobb County conducts a 404-hour class. Of these 404 hours, 60 hours are spent doing clinical rotations - either working in the emergency room or on the ambulance. Clinical rotations provide the opportunity to experience real-life situations and allow hands-on use of practical skills taught in the classroom.

A typical classroom day consists of a 6-hour lecture followed by 2 hours of practical exercises. During the lecture portion, recruits learn to assist patients who are having trouble breathing, diabetic reactions, seizures, heart attacks, etc. Recruits also learn the role and responsibilities of an EMT, such as, how to operate emergency equipment, extricating patients from wrecked vehicles, and using many other lifesaving skills. During the practical portion, recruits respond to scenarios set up on the training campus. Skills and knowledge learned in the classroom are used as patient care is provided to the sick or injured. Some scenarios may require recruits to extricate a patient from a slope, remove a patient from a burning house, work with a patient suffering a heart attack, or maybe even deliver a baby.

At the conclusion of the 6 months, recruits must have passed all major tests (usually given weekly) and the Cobb County final exam, which consists of a 150-question written test and a 6-station practical exam. Once the recruits have successfully completed the Cobb County final exam, they must pass the National Registry of EMT's written and practical test. The written portion consists of 150 questions and the practical portion consists of 4 practical stations that are scenario based. In approximately 2 weeks, recruits are rewarded for their hard work with a letter of completion, a certificate and a uniform patch. Upon receipt of these items, they are officially certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in the State of Georgia.

From here it is on to the field to use all their skill and knowledge to aid the sick and the injured, and who knows - maybe even save a life.

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.

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.

Firefighter Training Schedule

Weeks 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 (Practicals)
  • 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