COVID-19 - Connecticut Fire Academy Operational Update (4/20/2020 Rev., 5/19/2020 Rev., 6/15/2020 Rev., 11/2/2020 Rev., 12/9/2020 Rev.)
Due to the escalation of COVID-19 virus now a Pandemic, extraordinary measures are being taken statewide to protect our citizens and first responders.
The Connecticut Fire Academy (CFA) is taking a pause in program delivery for all training and certification activities. In order to protect and ensure our first responders are available for emergencies in their local communities, on Monday, March 16, 2020 we postponed all training and certification testing activities. While we have commenced some limited on-line training, our formal reopening is pending approval of our plan.(11/2/2020) The Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Class # 65 resumed training on June 15, 2020. Training previously scheduled or paused is either being cancelled or rescheduled. Certification will begin open enrollment written exams in July. Spring/Summer CPAT Testing along with Special Testing Sessions have resumed. (11/2/2020)
Due to a recent escalation of COVID-19 cases throughout the State of CT, the Connecticut Fire Academy is instituting measures to protect our instructors and first responders. Therefore, effective Monday, November 2, 2020 the Connecticut Fire Academy (CFA) will be postponing any Training delivery that has not started yet but all classes that are currently running will be allowed to complete. Certification will continue to allow testing for classes that are currently in session.
With the publication of the Connecticut Fire Academy's 2021 Training Calendar on December 8th, we will begin taking course applications and expect new course deliveries to begin in January. Due to the ongoing COVID 19 situation, CFA will be limiting some class sizes during the early months of the new year to ensure all our deliveries conform to social distancing requirements and CFA policy. (12/9/2020)
If it becomes necessary, scheduled programs are subject to pause or cancellation. Student and Instructor safety will not be compromised. (12/9/2020)
We will continually evaluate our options to resume full activities and reschedule impacted programs and examinations. Future announcements will be posted regularly through the CFPC Listserv and our website WWW.CT.GOV/CFPC, in addition students registered through our online registration system will receive notifications through that portal. We are aware that some of the online learning system’s email (https://ctlms-cfa.ct.gov/) are going to student’s spam folder. Please make sure you are looking at all emails. We will begin processing refunds on November 3, 2020.
Future announcements will be posted regularly through the CFPC Listserv and our website WWW.CT.GOV/CFPC, in addition students registered through our online registration system will receive notifications through that portal. We are aware that some of the online learning system’s email (https://ctlms-cfa.ct.gov/) are going to student’s spam folder. Please make sure you are looking at all emails.
Further, Connecticut Fire Officer Weekend at the National Fire Academy originally scheduled for March 20-22 was postponed and rescheduled for May, however the National Fire Academy is now closed through June 7 July 31, 2020. Therefore, the new rescheduled dates are now August 28-30, 2020. Students registered are being notified of this change.(11/2/2020)
**As permitted by our Regulations, students already in the queue for certification testing will be granted 3 additional months to complete all testing components. The Commission on Fire Prevention & Control – Connecticut Fire Academy is committed to ensuring students are safe and receive quality services.
Our offices remain open and staffed and we are engaged in a significant amount of N95 Respirator Fit Testing activities for both the public and private sector. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during these unprecedented times.
**Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7J enacts the following provisions:
Extension of time period for fire service personnel examinations: The order extends deadlines for certain fire-service examination components, so career and volunteer fire service personnel in the queue for certification testing can meet the contractual, bylaw, and probationary requirements of their employers and continue to meet critical public safety needs.