Basic Volunteer Support Firefighter

Course Hours: 40.0 Hours

Course Description

This course meets the current mandatory training for Support Firefighters who will be serving in a response and mitigation capacity required by Georgia Firefighters Standard and Training Council. The course targets those individuals who have the desire to become a Support Firefighter in the State of Georgia. 


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and hold membership in a compliant Georgia fire department.

All students participating in the Basic Support Firefighter course will be expected to complete a Physician's Certificate (Medical Release, Fit for Basic Fire Fighter Training). It is strongly recommended that the certificate be considered when the Physician is issuing the release.

Who Should Attend

This course should be attended by personnel the prerequisites who wishes to obtain Support Firefighter, the minimum level of training for active volunteer service within a compliant Georgia volunteer fire department may attend.

Special Notes

Class Manual: Currently the course manual used is the IFSTA 7th Edition: Essentials of Firefighting . 

Equipment Needs: Students must provide NFPA approved positive pressure self contained breathing apparatus and full NFPA approved, structural firefighter protective clothing to include boots, coat, pants, gloves, helmet, and hood. 

Sleeveless shirts and shorts/cutoff pants are not allowed. Professional appearance is required of all students attending GPSTC classes. Additional rules of conduct will be provided on day one.

Hazardous Materials: Awareness content is taught in this course. The student's organization takes the responsibility of this testing after course completion. If a student continues through training and attends the Basic Volunteer Bridge course, the student will be required to test and successfully "pass" the Hazardous Materials: Awareness written and skills testing through Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training to "pass' the Georgia Fire Academy class. 

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