Conformance to the following rules and regulations is essential to the efficient and safe operation of the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. All students attending any Fire Division training at the Academy shall familiarize themselves with and will be held responsible for compliance to these rules and regulations. Any student failing to follow the rules of the Academy are subject for dismissal from any class, suspension from any course or other disciplinary actions deemed appropriate.
Masks and Social Distancing
Masks must be worn while at the Academy. All students must also adhere to social distancing protocols.
Injuries / Illness
- Any injury or illness that occurs on the Academy’s premises must be reported to the administrative office or to a Fire Division representative immediately.
- Emergency Medical Care will be rendered as required.
- A student’s department will be notified of an illness or injury with specific attention being given to safeguard the student’s confidentiality with regards to the specific nature of the illness/injury.
- Personnel or students will fill out an appropriate County of Morris accident/injury form.
- Injured students participating in a class with a physical component may not return to class without a written clearance from their Department’s attending physician, which specifically states the candidate’s ability to return to firefighting training without restriction. (An Academy ‘Return to Duty’ form will be provided)
- Classroom attire for Junior Fire Fighter, Fire Fighter 1 and Firefighter 2 will be:
- Academy issued short sleeve or long sleeve tee style shirt appropriate for that class
- Dark blue Uniform style pants (100% Cotton) Dickeys / Dockers
- Black belt
- Black socks – full height
- Black work shoes or boots
- Academy approved hat
- Classroom attire for students attending any other Fire Division training shall wear a department Class B or similar uniform
- Business attire is acceptable in lieu of a department uniform
- Blue jeans, shorts, T-shirts or sandals may not be worn to any lecture
- Attire which is deemed to be offensive or culturally insensitive shall be cause for removal from any Fire Division class.
- Fire Department shorts may only be worn during practical evolutions, and only when a department has a policy specifically governing the wearing of shorts.
- Uniforms shall be kept neat and clean
- Shirts shall be tucked in at all times
- Pants shall not be bloused in boots
- The use of tobacco products by any student taking a class which involves a physical component is strictly prohibited on Academy premises for the duration of the course.
- Students taking classroom only sessions shall be restricted to the use of tobacco products outside of the Academy building, and no less than 15’ of any entry door
- Electronic Cigarettes shall be classified as tobacco products for the purpose of these rules and regulations.
- There is no smoking on the Academy training grounds beyond the entrance gate.
- Students are to park in the easterly most side of the General Parking area while in classroom sessions only in designated parking spaces.
- Parking on the grounds will be as designated at the start of each class, or by the person in charge of that particular class.
- The speed limit on the Academy premises for Fire Division students is 5 MPH.
- Students driving on the Academy premises shall have their driver’s window opened and radio off, and shall be alert for and yield to any class in the driving/parking areas or any pedestrian traffic.
- The use of emergency warning lights or audible devices is strictly prohibited on Academy grounds unless necessary during the course of training.
- Students entering or exiting the Academy premises shall do so only at the traffic light controlled entry.
- The use of stimulants, intoxicants, and/or the illegal use of any drug or substance, is strictly prohibited on Academy property.
- Reporting to the Academy after having used any of the above will be construed as being used during training hours and will result in automatic dismissal.
- Students are not to stand or sit with their feet against the walls, on tables or chairs, or mark, alter or damage any Academy property.
- Students shall not interfere with any other class that might be in session. Proper decorum shall be exercised at all times.
- Any act or behavior pattern deemed prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the class, including but not limited to talking out of turn during class, or sleeping during class, may result in dismissal from the Academy.
- Students are expected to clean up after themselves; soda cans, coffee cups, newspapers, etc., are to be placed in the proper receptacles provided for regular trash or recyclables.
- The use of profane or discriminatory language and/or gestures is strictly prohibited.
- The display of any offensive, profane or discriminatory items/materials is strictly prohibited, this includes any item of dress deemed to be suggestive or offensive in nature.
- Physical contact between students is strictly prohibited except in instances where it is necessary to accomplish a class objective, such as carries/drags.
- Any student who is found cheating or has been determined to have cheated on any test or exam shall be immediately dismissed from that class and the agency who generated the exam or test shall be immediately notified.
- Any student who is found to have plagiarized any work of another author or previous student shall be dismissed from that class.
- Any recruit who shares the content of any exam or written assignment shall be subject to dismissal from that class.
- The State Division of Fire Safety will be duly advised of any infractions involving a State sanctioned exam.
- Attendance at any Firefighter 1 or Junior Firefighter Class Orientation is mandatory. Failing to attend an orientation shall be grounds to be dismissed from that class.
- Classes will begin promptly at 7:30PM weeknights and 8:00 A.M. weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays unless otherwise specified. Students are to arrive for class on time and prepared to take notes.
- A student who arrives more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of a class will not be permitted entry into that class unless prior arrangements have been made with the point of contact/senior instructor.
- Students arriving late must report their attendance to the instructor and shall sign-in at the designated time.
- Attendance at all sessions is mandatory in order to successfully complete any fire course.
- Students who are absent for more than three (3) sessions in any course will have to repeat the entire course. All make-ups must be authorized by the Fire Training Coordinator and no walk-ins will be allowed.
- A student in the Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2 or Junior Firefighter programs who miss a class shall have an Absence Verification Form completed by their Chief or designated company officer, which shall be returned to the Academy upon their return to class.
- If a session is missed, the student must contact the class’s Point of Contact or Senior Instructor to schedule a makeup class.
- A fee of $25.00 will be charged to a recruit’s department when a make-up class must be scheduled and it is necessary for the Academy to arrange for staffing for said classroom session or certain practical sessions.
- Due to the complex nature of most practical sessions, make-up sessions may only take place during another scheduled session.
- A student may not move on to the next practical session when a session missed has been deemed relevant and a prerequisite for a subsequent module, where safety might be compromised without having attended it.
- Final examinations, practical or written, will not be taken by any student until all sessions have been completed.
- Recruits are required to maintain pace with any class assignments, quizzes, online participation and/or workbooks. Failure to do so may require remedial measures and could result in dismissal from the class.
- A score of 70% is necessary to successfully complete any Academy or State written exam, unless otherwise noted.
- A score of 80% or greater shall be required to pass any State, Pro-Board/IFSAC or Academy practical exam.
- Students who have a reading disability (i.e., comprehension, perception, illiteracy) should notify the Point of Contact or Senior Instructor of this. Accommodations in assisting the student with course content will be made where and when it is practical.
- ADA regulations and the State’s Division of Fire Safety provide for certain accommodations to be made in testing.
- Break times are set at the discretion of the instructor. Food and/or beverages are prohibited in the auditorium, lecture rooms, classrooms or corridors. Coffee breaks are to be taken in the lunchrooms unless prior permission has been granted for in-room breaks.
Student Personal Safety
- Cosmetics are not permitted during live fire training evolutions.
- Students participating in any training where a respirator is to be used must have completed an OSHA Respiratory exam and shall provide proof by Academy form or an acceptable form that they are certified as medically fit to wear a respirator by a medical professional prior to the start of that class.
- A valid Fit-Test must also be provided in any class where the student will be utilizing a respirator. A valid certificate is one which is no greater than 12 months prior to the end date of the course.
- Jewelry shall not be worn during any practical class application (Exempted are Medical Alert devices provided they do not interfere with safe operations).
- Hair shall not extend below the collar at any time during classroom or practical sessions.
- Wigs or hair extensions will not be worn.
- Caffeine consumption should be curtailed at least eight hours prior to any class with a physical component. Any student participating in a class with a physical component may not consume any caffeine enriched supplement or beverage during the class.
- Any student taking a medication, prescribed or over-the-counter, which has known potential side effects that may affect their safety and participation in class activities, is to notify Academy staff prior to participation in any session.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Levels of PPE required for a class shall be determined by the Academy commensurate with the content of the course and potential for exposure to injury.
- All firefighters’ Personal Protective Equipment must comply with current PEOSHA and NFPA standards.
- All PPE shall be maintained and shall be fully functional as designed and shall be free of any defect including rips, tears, missing reflective striping, snaps, zippers buttons or Velcro which no longer fastens as designed
- Helmets shall not have excessive adornments contrary to NFPA guidance, nor shall
- Firefighting gloves should be compatible with the coats they are being worn with, i.e. wristlets are required on gloves where there are no thumb-holes in the coat wristlets.
- Students with any facial hair that interferes, or potentially interferes with the face to facepiece seal will not be permitted to participate in evolutions requiring the use of a respirator.
Cellular Phones / Radios / Pagers
- The use of cellular phones is prohibited and shall be left in the student’s vehicles or in the off position. Phones may be used only during designated breaks or after the class has been dismissed.
- In the event of an emergent communication, the student shall notify the instructor to arrange use of phone.
- Any radio necessary for the performance of a student’s duties shall be kept at a minimum volume and shall not disturb a class
- Pagers shall be placed on silent/vibrate and pager/portable radio audio for on-duty personnel shall be set so as not to interfere with the performance of the class.
- The use of personal computers, tablets, PDAs or similar devices for the purposes of taking notes is acceptable. Note: There is limited access to power sources in some classrooms and it is suggested that these devices be fully charged.
- Devices used for these purposes should have any alerting or keystroke indicators silenced during class.
The taking of photos or any video recording during any class session is strictly prohibited without the expressed permission of the class’s Senior Instructor or Point of Contact, and the consent of any persons appearing in said photography.