Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Fire Academy Trainer

Recruitment #220120-3883PS-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is looking for a Fire Academy Trainer to join our dynamic team at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks, CT.

The Fire Academy Trainer position provides an exciting opportunity for a seasoned Fire Service professional to be part of educating and influencing current and future members of Connecticut’s fire service. This position has a role in planning and developing the most comprehensive training programs for the Academy including but not limited to the Recruit Firefighter training program. This position will manage and oversee the Recruit Program as well as additional programmatic areas.

The mission of the Fire Academy is to prevent or mitigate the effects of fire and disasters through leadership and collaboration with municipalities, fire departments and regional fire schools by delivery of quality consulting services, technical assistance, training, education and professional competency certification of career and volunteer fire service personnel.  Our goal is to ensure student academic success and mastery that promotes professionalism, personal and team health and safety fostering with enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

Responsibilities include but not limited to planning, developing (course objectives, curricula, outlines and content) coordinating, evaluating and selecting training methods and materials; In addition to managing the programs the selected candidate will work with Program Coordinators, Fire Service stakeholders including volunteer and career Fire Chiefs, Training Staff and Adjunct Instructors to deliver and evaluate cogitative and psychomotor skills; The selected candidate will schedule training both on and off campus to meet the requests of the fire service; manage the scheduling and staffing of the programs they are responsible for overseeing; He or She will also maintain current inventory and recommend supplies/equipment for purchase to enhance the high quality training programs delivered; The selected candidate must stay current in the latest fire service trends by researching materials and resources ensuring the highest quality training meeting national standards

Selection Plan

Candidate selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview:

State Employees: Two (2) most recent performance evaluations -Cover letter - Completed CT-HR-13

Non-State Employees: Two (2) professional letters of reference from a current and/or previous supervisor - Cover letter - Completed CT-HR-13.

Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks.  Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation.  Also considered in this selection process:  Any pending or disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records.

Click here CT-HR-13 to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum.  The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website  and searching key word "CT-HR-13".  

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All state employees shall follow Executive Order 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C).


In the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, Connecticut Fire Academy, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in preparing and conducting fire suppression and related emergency services training programs.


Plans, develops, coordinates and evaluates comprehensive training programs for Connecticut Fire Academy; conducts needs assessments; develops course objectives, curricula, outlines and contents; selects and develops training methods and materials; researches learning materials and resources ensuring training, operability of equipment and general maintenance as needed; monitors and evaluates training courses and participant progress; provides technical assistance and consultation; maintains records and prepares reports; organizes and maintains a library of training materials; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of principles and techniques of training and staff development; knowledge of National Fire Protection Association regulation and standards; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills. Ability to assess training needs and determine objectives; ability to develop, organize and conduct training courses


Six (6) years of technical experience in fire suppression and emergency services.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been providing fire suppression and emergency services training.


College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years.


  • Experience in taking initiative and creativity to meet organizational goals to include administering multiple complex training program simultaneously;
  • Experience in communicating and effectively building consensus among internal and external stakeholders such as fire service personnel to include: Fire Chiefs, Fire Officers, Firefighters, prospective fire fighters (Recruits), allied first response personnel EMS, LE, fire service organization members, business and industry, Regional Fire School Directors, CFA Instructors and staff.
  • Experience in creating and managing an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork and supports constructive resolution of conflict;
  • Experience as a coach, mentor, motivator, or influencer;
  • Experience prioritizing, problem solving, and forecasting training trends and needs in the Fire Services;
  • Experience with relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations impacting the fire service including OSHA and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Professional Qualification Standards 
  • Experience with and a proven track record in course development, management and delivery for a wide range of fire and emergency medical service related topics including but not limited to firefighting; Recruit Firefighter; Hazardous Materials; Fire Officer; Fire Instructor; Technical Rescue; Public Fire Education;
  • Experience utilizing and managing learning management systems;
  • Experience with managing and coordinating fire training ground for a wide variety of fire service skills;
  • Experience in educating students of diverse abilities and backgrounds and overcome barriers to success;
  • Experience in building a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of students.


1. National certification by the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (NPQS) or the International Fire Services Accreditation Congress (IFACC) or State Certification by the Connecticut Fire Academy that meet the provisions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter 2.
2. Incumbents in this class must be qualified at the level of Fire Service Instructor III.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain specific education and/or experience to meet various certifications.
4. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license with a valid Q or CDL endorsement.
5. Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some lifting of equipment and danger of injury during training programs and some disagreeable conditions including exposure to weather, loud noises and work out of doors.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.