Before you can become certified as a Firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), you need to spend a great number of hours in training. For example, Firefighters spend about 160 hours in training over the course of several months. That’s somewhere between 6 to 12 hours per week, plus homework and study time, which makes membership a strong commitment.
Qualifications for membership are;
- Be at Least 18 Years Old
- Have a High School Diploma or Equivalent
- Be Physically Fit
- Have a Clean Criminal Record
- Have Corrected 20/20 Vision
Upon completion of the training program, applicants will take and pass two exams for each State Certification consisting of;
- State Certification Written Test(s)
- State Certification & Practical Skills Exam(s)
Firefighter training typically occurs at Brookfield Fire Headquarters which is often taught by various towns’ fire department personnel and State Certified Instructors.
- Tuesday, Thursday Nights and Sundays – January through May
- Practical Skills Test – 3rd Sunday in May
- Written Test – Last Tuesday in May
Each applicant for Firefighter I and Haz Mat Certification must pass a written exam typically consists of around 100 multiple-choice questions that covers spatial awareness, reading comprehension, mechanical reasoning, logic, observation and memory. In addition, each applicant for Firefighter I and Haz Mat Certification must be exposed to and evaluated on all Firefighter I and HM/WMD Practical Skills Evaluation Sheets in preparation for Certification Testing. For more information, visit the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control website.
Each applicant wishing to provide Emergency Medical Services must apply to the Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) for a State License–renewable annually. All EMT’s must be certified and approved by the OEMS.
To become a certified EMT in Connecticut you must take and pass an approved EMT course. You will also have to pass an EMT practical skills examination. The practical exams are usually scheduled and given twice a month. EMT’s also need to be certified nationally by taking the NREMT exam from the National Registry. The NREMT exam is now computer based and given at various Pearson VUE testing centers through out the State of Connecticut. For more information on training and certification, visit the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services website.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Firehouse main telephone number… 203-775-1882. Or you can use our contact form to send us an email.