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The Fire And First Aid Training Center


Fire Academy

The Academy offers classes for recruit training where new firefighters are instructed in the classroom, then put through rigorous hands-on drills to gain the skills and knowledge needed to earn New Jersey State Firefighter Certification. Our recruit program is well over 200 hours in length.

We also offer classes such as Pump School, Basic, Advanced and School Bus Extrication, F.A.S.T. / R.I.T. Firefighter Rescues Programs, Reading Smoke, Understanding Flowpaths, Elevator Rescue, Large Area Searches, Hazardous Materials, and Flashover Awareness.

All of our classes are provided free-of-charge to Ocean County Firefighters in a continuing effort to prepare Ocean County's Bravest for the changing needs of their profession and to keep the residents and visitors of Ocean County safe.

Fire Academy Instructors

The instructors listed below are the driving force behind this facility. They continue to train and learn as well as taking the time to give back to the fire service as an instructor. The thing that makes our instructors extra special is they are volunteers just like our students. They give of their time freely in an effort to keep out volunteer fire service alive. The Academy, Ocean County and the fire service thanks you for your dedication and selflessness.

Dennis Allen
Kenneth W. Balfrey
Erik Batykefer
Brent Cunningham
Chris Freeman
Michael Gomez
David Hansen
Warren Harzer
Jerry Hayes
William Hollingsworth
Joseph J. Howell, Jr.
Erik Johnson
Joseph Jubert
Joseph J. Jubert
William R. Jubert
Ray Lane
Jordan Lavundi
Jessie Langguth
Shane Leaming
Thomas McAndrew
Daniel P. Mulligan
Carl Schubauer
Zach Sharp
Kevin D. Simon
Jay Sonnenfeld
William Stevenson
Raymond L. Van Marter
Chris Ventrice
Michael Wolfschmidt

SPRING 2023 Training Courses

The Ocean County Fire Academy provides many types of training to all of our firefighters. Some classes have been opened up to members in the EMS field as well. Here are our Spring 2023 offerings.

March 2023

Structural Protection for the Task Force Leader (no class limit)
Saturday, March 4

Firefighter Down (no class limit; Open to EMS; 2.5 CEUs offered)
Monday, March 6

Mentoring: Moving Up to the Front Seat (no class limit; Open to EMS; *MUST attend both days*)
Monday, March 13 & March 20

Fire Instructor 1 3/8 start date (Class limited to 10 seats; Pre-reqs: 3 year minimum certified firefighter & 21 years of age; MUST ATTEND ALL DATES)
March 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, & 29
April 1, 3 & 5

April 2023

Drill Ground Instructor (no class limit; Firefigher Only)
Saturday, April 8

Advanced Fire Behavior (Class limited to 20 seats; *MUST attend both days*)
Monday April 10 & Tuesday, April 11

Fire Managment of Energy Storage Systems (No class limit; Open to EMS)
Monday, April 17

May 2023

Short Staffed Engine Company Operations (Class limited to 24 seats)
Monday, May 1

Vent Enter Search (Class limited to 15 seats; MUST attend both days)
Tuesday, May 2 & Saturday, May 6

Effectively Leading Change in an Organization (No class limit; Open to EMS)
Monday, May 15

FIre Officer 1 5/15 start date (Class limited to 20 seats; minimum 3 years certified Firefigher; Minimum age 21; Class dates: Mondays & Wednesdays:
May 15, 17, 22, 24 & 31;
June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28;
July 5, 10, 12, 17 & 31)

Why are we Killing Ourselves? (No class limit; Open to EMS)
Wednesday, May 17

June 2023

Fire Investigations for the First Arriving (No class limit; Open to EMS and Police)
Monday, June 5

Fire Ground Survival (Class limited to 15 seats; *MUST attend both days*)
Wednesday, June 21 & Saturday June 24

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