Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Recruit Firefighter Training Program (RFFT) at the NYS Academy of Fire Science

About the Recruit Firefighter Training Program (RFFT)


Recognizing a continuing need for municipal fire departments to comply with the requirements of Part 426.6 of Title 9 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (Minimum Training Standards for Firefighting Personnel in the State of New York), the Office of Fire Prevention and Control conducts two sessions of the RFFT program annually.

RFFT schedules are available on the Academy’s training page under Academy Course Information. RFFT is currently an 11-week program, meeting Monday through Thursday most weeks.

Some sections of the mandatory training require department cooperation to complete, as they are not covered in the Recruit Firefighter Training Program. These topics include department rules and regulations, communications and personnel policies, among others. The program is generally scheduled for a four-day week in order that your training officer has the opportunity to ensure those ‘local sign-off’ sections are delivered and documented. Emergency Medical Technician training, Code Compliance Technician/Building Safety Inspector, and Hazardous Materials Technician courses will not be offered in conjunction with this program, however, they are available separately.

Class size will be limited to 32 students. Applications must be received at the Academy by fax or mail no less than four (4) weeks prior to the class start date, and will be reviewed for acceptance into the program; acceptance criteria include name of recruit and formal hire date prior to program start date. Please print and complete the Registration Form, then return to the Academy via fax or mail; when a firefighter has been accepted, a confirmation and follow-up information will be mailed to the department.

If you have any questions or desire additional information regarding the program, please refer to the FAQ tab or contact the Academy of Fire Science at (607) 535-7136. Please refer to our website for calendar dates http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/training/.

**PLEASE NOTE: Although the Recruit Firefighter Training Program is intended to provide required basic training for recently-hired career firefighters, volunteer firefighters may apply for admission to the program. All volunteers will be required to interview with RFFT staff regarding sponsorship requirements and program expectations prior to a decision on their application. Volunteers will be notified of acceptance not more than two weeks prior to program start.

I'm a career fire chief, and I have a recruit attending the RFFT program. Now what? Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does it cost to send a recruit to the RFFT program?

A: Fees for meals and lodging vary based on the exact program length. Current cost as of January 2017 is approximately $1,727 for the 11-week session, plus a materials fee of $1,000. In addition, NYS residents pay a $100 fee for course registration; out-of-state residents are charged $200.

Q: Are my recruits required to stay at the Academy during the week?

A: Yes. Assignment to the Academy is required. Past experience has shown that interaction among the recruits, both inside and outside the classroom/training environment, allows for continuing dialogue with instructors and promotes group study.

Q: What does a standard training day schedule look like?

A: Training begins with PT 06:00 - 07:00, and daily flag-raising ceremony at 07:55. Class begins at 08:00, and may run as late as 21:00. The final training day of each week will end at approximately 17:00.

Q: What topics will require training in my recruits' home department?

A: On the first day of class, each recruit will receive a Probationary Firefighter’s Training Record. The department MTO or Chief is required to complete the top section, and sign where indicated. The department MTO should also complete the “Local Fire Department Rules”, “First Aid”, and “CPR” sections as soon as that training has been provided. The completed Training Record must be returned to the Academy no later than Week 5 of the program. In addition, you will be required to complete a handful of Firefighter I “take-home” skills, such as hose loads and rolls.

Q: What other training documentation is required prior to graduation?

A: Recruits must show proof of the following (i.e., certificates and/or cards) no later than Week 5:

  • ICS 100
  • ICS 200
  • ICS 700
  • First Aid (expired OK)
  • CPR (must be current)

Q: What if my recruits are EMT or CFR certified?

A: EMT and CFR (current or expired) meet the requirements for First Aid. Proof of certification must be provided. Recruits must still provide a valid CPR card.

Q: What equipment must my recruits bring with them from the department?

A: Recruits are required to bring a number of items with them to the Academy. Download the list of Recruit FF Equipment Requirements

Q: What NYS OFPC classes (or equivalents) are included in the RFFT program? Will my recruit receive a certificate for completing them?

A: A list of the NYS courses for which the recruit will receive specific credit and/or a certificate of completion can be found here(pdf).