How much training is required to be a firefighter?
The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District helps to train part time and paid-on-call firefighters starting with an initial 40 hour basic firefighting course and weekly training. As able, these firefighters will work toward State Certification as a Basic Firefighter.
The full time firefighter/paramedics are all trained to the Firefighter III or Advanced firefighter level. This certification requires approximately 400 hours of training.
Once completed, most firefighters will continue on to other certifications such as Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Officer I & II, and Hazardous Materials Operations. Each of these certifications requires 40 hour modules of training, ensuring that the active firefighter will never be bored.