Basic Firefighter Training Course

Course Hours: 335.0 Hours

Course Description

The Basic Firefighter Training Course (BFTC) is an 8 week (335 hour) course that reflects NFPA 1001 (current), as well as NFPA 1072 (current). The students will be tested mentally and physically in stages throughout the course delivery to ensure competence and ability at the various levels of basic firefighting. During the course, testing will include weekly written tests administered by the Georgia Fire Academy Division. Practical skill performance and evaluation will occur throughout the course to ensure competency in job performance capabilities necessary.

Training Outcomes

Completion of the Basic Firefighter Training Course and succesful completion of testing administered by the Georgia Firefighter and Standards Training Council (GFSTC) will allow for certification and training certificates at the level of:

State of Georgia Certified Firefighter, GFSTC .
Firefighter I, National Professional Qualifications (NPQ).
Hazardous Materials Responder, Awareness and Operations level, (NPQ).
Structural Fire Control, Georgia Fire Academy, GFA.


Electronic preregistration is required for every student attending the class.

Upon notification of acceptance to the course, the following documents for the following prerequisites will be required for attendance:
a. Medical Affidavit/Physicians Certificate.
b. Proof of CPR equivalent to the American Heart Association (AHA) Health-Care Provider course.
c. NIMS 700 and 100.
d. Acknowledgement form regarding Student Policies and Procedures, and Student Code of Ethics.
e. Student information and emergency contact information form.
Official forms, documents, and processes for submission shall be provided to applicant upon acceptance into the training course.

Who Should Attend

Personnel who aspire to obtain Georgia State Firefighter Certification.

Special Notes

Students must provide IFSTA Essentials of Fire Fighting, (current ed.), in addition to positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus with two cylinders and full structural firefighter protective clothing to include boots, coat, pants, gloves, helmet, and hood.  All clothing and equipment must be in good condition and meet applicable NFPA standards.  No shorts or sleeveless shirts may be worn.

A Professional appearance is required of all students attending the Basic Firefighter Training Course. Additional rules of conduct will be provided upon acceptance into the training course and on the first day of class.

Students attending the Georgia Fire Academy Basic Firefighter Training Course will also need internet access.
For courses delivered by the Georgia Fire Academy: homework, additional assignments, and additional resources may be a part of this course and available through the GPSTC online learning platform. 

Start Date End Date Location (Hover for more information) Time Course Number Status
09/20/2021 11/12/2021 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. FFAB21418 Register
01/10/2022 03/04/2022 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
03/28/2022 05/20/2022 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
07/11/2022 09/02/2022 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
09/26/2022 11/18/2022 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon