CPFTA - Chicago Police and Firefighter Academy

Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy

Course Curriculum

75010 – Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy – Junior Year

300 minutes a week, Tuesday and Wednesday, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

11th Grade – After school program

Credits:  1 per year

This course is an introduction to basic law enforcement, public safety, and fire science with an emphasis in urban policing and urban firefighting. 

Firefighter Perspective Course Content

This course, from the fire perspective, includes topics such as:

  • History of the Chicago Fire Department
  • Fire alarms, responses, fire behavior, fire terminology
  • CFD current practices and procedures
  • Organization structure
  • Standard Operating Procedures and Chain of Command

    Roles of a firefighter
  • Organization of a fire station
  • Incident Management roles
  • Development and Evolution of fire science
  • Sources of Heat and heat transfer
  • Physical training (Up and overs, sit-ups, push-ups, running, etc.)
  • Soft skills and employment possibilities
  • Teambuilding activities
  • CPR and FIRST AID certification

Police Perspective Course Content

This course, from the police perspective, includes topics such as:

  • Origins and Development of Law Enforcement in the United States
  • History of the Chicago Poslice Department
  • Role of the Preliminary Investigator (Police Officer)
  • Organizational Matrix and Chain of Command
  • Conflict Resolution and Self Defense techniques
  • Report Writing and Computer Technology in law enforcement
  • Radio Communications
  • Guest speakers from CPD specialized units and other law enforcement agencies
  • Arrest/searching/evidence collection/interrogation modules
  • Courtroom Preparation and Professionalism
  • Physical Fitness Training and the Law Enforcement Power Test of Illinois
  • Soft Skills and Employment Possibilities
  • Teambuilding and Community Service activities
  • The use of computer technology to solve crime

75020 – Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy – Senior Year

300 minutes a week, Tuesday and Wednesday, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. * Students taking the EMT-B class will meet: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4:30-7:30 p.m.*

12th Grade – After school program

Credits:  1 per year

This course is an advanced training level course designed to expand upon the student’s knowledge and skills previously introduced in CPFTA-I.

Course Content

This course will include fire topics such as infectious control, high-rise firefighting, arson investigations, flashovers, back draft fires, fire tetrahedron, and effects of fire on various structures, and final physical training test.

A selected group of students will also learn about pre-hospital emergency medical care, ambulance service, and all the aspects of Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. Field trips, teambuilding activities are included in this year.  Students will receive their AED Defibrillator and First Responder training and certification.

The police emphasis will include topics such as methods of criminal investigation, national crime rate statistics, criminal law terms, examining policing in multicultural communities, learning the standards required for police recruitment and retention, responsibilities of specialized units in law enforcement, becoming knowledgeable about police discretion and behavior, learning about advancements in technologies in solving crimes (DNA), crime scene investigations, search and seizure procedures, vehicle searches, physical fitness training, role playing in different scenarios, guest speakers from CPD and other law enforcement agencies on their responsibilities and legal jurisdictions and equipment used by police officers.  Students may also be eligible to sit and take the 20-hour Unarmed Security Guard Class through Monterrey Security Services and apply to receive their PERC credentials.

Educational law enforcement related field trips, teambuilding activities and community service projects are included in this year.

All senior cadets must also take and pass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour online course and the Cyber Security Safety Training Course.  These courses are required to graduate from the program.


About OSHA:

Every five days, one teen is killed on the job. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety, there are about 70 work related fatalities per year among this youth population. More than 200,000 young workers are injured on the job, and 70,000 of them require emergency room or hospital treatment. Further, youth workers continue to have the highest rates of work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses easily double and in some cases triple that for any other age category.

About CareerSafe Cyber Safety Awareness Training Course:

The goal of the CareerSafe program is to teach younger workers how to stay safe in the workplace and begin to prepare these young men and women for a safe and prosperous future in their chosen career. By providing entry-level workers, particularly high school and college students, with fundamental safety knowledge needed in the workplace, this program brings the significance of safety to the forefront.

Additionally, it seeks to challenge society to affirm the value of life by joining efforts to reduce the workplace injuries and fatalities suffered by this at risk working population. This makes our cadets more marketable and employable.

If cadets fail the General Industry on line class, it will be their responsibility to pay for the second class.

  • Cyber Safety was developed in response to an ever-growing cyberspace presence of youth and young adults.  Cyberspace and technology have made it easier than ever to stay connected and share information.  Youth and young adults lead the way in adopting new technologies into their life styles which makes them especially at risk of exposure to new vulnerabilities and dangers.
  • On line course includes:
    • CYBER SAFETY – Explore techniques to protect personal, private information in cyberspace and avoid malicious online threats.
    • CYBERBULLYING – Generate awareness about cyber bullying and how to recognize and respond to a bullying situation.
    • SEXTING – Learn about sexting and the consequences and danger that can arise from engaging in the action.