Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Fire Service Instructor

Instructor 1

Recruitment #220512-3882VR-001


Are you seeking an opportunity to advance your career and directly influence and impact the professional development and safety of Connecticut’s fire fighters?
If so, we have an opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Commission on Fire Prevention and Control is one of six divisions within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The Commission provides training (Connecticut Fire Academy), professional competency testing and certification, Public Fire and Life Safety Education and general support and guidance to members of Connecticut’s fire service.

The Commission is currently recruiting to fill numerous vacancies for the position of Fire Service Instructor. This posting will be used for the current vacancy along with future vacancies for this position.

These are per-diem, non-bargaining unit positions, reporting directly to the Director of Fire Training and or the Director of Certification. While the primary duty station is the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks, CT assignments are scheduled statewide. 

The Connecticut Fire Academy is the focal point for fire service training and education within our state. Our work is driven by a moral and ethical responsibility to do our part in making Connecticut a safe and great place to live, work and visit. If you are an experienced and certified Fire Service Instructor, we encourage you to join us in making a positive impact upon our state’s fire service and allied first responders.

Instructors are credentialed by subject matter expertise. Duties include:
  • Prepares for and conducts fire service training (cognitive and psycho-motor skills) from prepared curriculum;
  • Adapts course content and curricula and prepares lesson plans to meet specific training needs;
  • Recommends changes in training courses;
  • Prepares, administers and corrects tests;
  • Assigns tasks and evaluates student performance;
  • Maintains student records;
  • Prepares evaluation reports;
  • Maintains tools and equipment utilized in training.
Positions will be offered in-person/on-site, along with hybrid and remote opportunities. Teaching and related work assignments are posted via a portal to instructors credentialed to teach in various programmatic areas. Instructors identify their availability to teach and a Program Coordinator or Manager reviews responses and would in-turn formalize the assignment(s).

Assignments are based upon training schedule and instructor availability. We often deliver programs 7 days a week, both days and evenings throughout the year. Instructors once hired are required by our internal policy to work/teach a minimum of 80-hours per year.

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

In striving to accomplish our mission, we will embody our core values with great PRIDE:

Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.

Selection Plan

Candidates selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview:
  • Current State Employees: Two (2) most recent performance evaluations, Cover Letter, and a completed CT-HR-13 form.
  • Non-State Employees: Two (2) letters of professional reference from a current and/or previous supervisor, Cover letter, and a completed CT-HR-13 form.
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.

Click here to complete the CT-HR-13 Criminal Convictions addendum. 

Any pending disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records are also considered in the selection process.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board  (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at


In the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, this class is accountable for performing a variety of work related to fire training and certification for personnel of local fire departments and other fire organizations.


Prepares for and conducts training courses and field and laboratory demonstrations in fire service subjects; adapts course contents and curricula and prepares lesson plans to meet specific training needs; recommends changes in training courses; prepares, administers and corrects tests; assigns tasks and evaluates student performance both in possession of technical knowledge and demonstration of specific skills; maintains student records; prepares evaluation reports of training courses; maintains tools and equipment utilized in training; maintains liaison with staff of fire departments and other fire service organizations; attends staff and professional meetings; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of objectives, principles and practices of fire training; knowledge of educational methods and techniques as applied to technical fields; knowledge of modern fire suppression and prevention techniques, methods, procedures and scientific aides, interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills.


Three (3) years of experience in the field of fire safety.


College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) credit hours equaling six (6) months employment to a maximum of two (2) years.


  • Experience using creativity in lesson plans and instruction.
  • Experience working independently.
  • Experience following oral and written instructions.
  • Experience following instructions to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in Firefighting, Technical Rescue, Fire Officer, Fire Service Instruction or Community Risk Reduction.
  • Completion of Station Evaluator Training.
  • Experience with a Learning Management System (LMS) and Distance Learning.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess an appropriate certificate or license in the specific fire service or related safety area required of the assignment.

2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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

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