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Certification Courses

The ability to see beyond the immediate, during times of crisis and to react accordingly distinguishes the effective Fire and Life Safety Director from the truly outstanding one.

Croker, a leader in fire and life safety since 1911, boasts instructors of the highest caliber offering comprehensive knowledge combined with extensive experience and expertise in all phases of fire, disaster and emergency action procedures. With unique and diversified backgrounds, our instructors and in-depth course manuals will offer all students a broad scope and expansive awareness.

Upon completion of the course(s), students will receive an official Certificate of Completion from the school while gaining the confidence and strength of comprehension to be better prepared to handle fire and non-fire related emergencies. For office buildings and hotels within the five boroughs of New York City, these FDNY accredited courses will enable you to proceed in obtaining FDNY issued Certificates of Fitness. Remember, to obtain a Certificate of Fitness, these courses are mandatory in New York City.

REGISTER ON-LINE for our next class or PRINT a REGISTRATION APPLICATION / REGISTRATION APPLICATION (ACTIVE SHOOTER AND MEDICAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS) / REGISTRATION APPLICATION (F-80)

The registration application should be completed and faxed to 631-277-2117 or return via mail to:

Croker Fire & Life Safety Institute
235 Brooksite Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788 

Please be advised payment is required at time of registration. Confirmation letters will be sent to all registrants.


LOCATION: 

For location information and directions: CLICK HERE

All courses (except F-80) are held at:

New York Public Library
Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Avenue • New York, NY 10016
(Located between 34th Street & 35th Street)

All classes are located in the Lower Level Conference Room – just off Healy Hall.

F-80 course ONLY is held at:

Bowery Mission Harlem Center
315 East 115 Street • New York, NY 10029
(Located between First Avenue & Second Avenue)

All classes are located on the 3rd Floor.

 

KNOWLEDGEABLE.  EXPERIENCED.  PROFESSIONALS.

Croker Fire & Life Safety Institute instructors offer a diverse background with vast knowledge in both fire and non-fire related emergencies providing great understanding, insight and intellectual capacity.  With extensive practical awareness as first responders (including fire department and/or law enforcement) as well as extensive experience collaborating with security professionals, each of Croker’s instructors presents an unique and broad ranging perspective.

Croker instructors are also active in the assembling of fire and life safety (EAP) plans in addition to performing drills and training throughout New York City.  This further provides them with a comprehensive understanding of the evolving day-to-day concerns and complexities occurring at a building level.  These familiarities promote in-depth conversations throughout each class, relating course material to industry best practices, protocols and code compliance requirements.

 

MARK VALENTINO
Director of Educational Services

Mark Valentino has in excess of 20 years experience as a firefighter, five years in the capacity of Lieutenant. Additionally, he holds over 20 years of expertise as a consultant in the private sector where he continues to write and design Fire Safety and Emergency Action Plans. Among his many accomplishments, Valentino actively conducts fire safety, emergency action and evacuation related seminars, drills and training for high-rise buildings throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Mark Valentino selflessly responded to the World Trade Center tragedy.

 

 

MICHAEL HICKEY
Assistant Director of Educational Services

Michael Hickey is a professional with over 30 years of extensive fire and life safety experience. Hickey holds numerous New York State and Federal Government Certifications in relation to firematics, weapons of mass destruction / terrorism awareness and emergency operations. Additionally, he holds an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management, a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Organizational Leadership.

 

 


ROBERT IMBORNONI
Instructor

Bob Imbornoni is a security and life safety professional with over 35 years of experience responding to emergencies of all types. His diverse background includes, but is not limited to, threat and risk assessment, strategic planning, emergency preparedness, crisis response, emergency operations center management, business continuity as well as resiliency and regulatory compliance.  Robert Imbornoni has been a volunteer firefighter, NYC paramedic and previously served as the Chief Response Officer of the American Red Cross (ARC) in Greater New York, which is the busiest ARC chapter in the United States. Imbornoni was also a lieutenant and 20-year veteran of the NYPD, where among the roles he served was Emergency Management Liaison where he coordinated planning and response operations between the NYPD (51,000 employees) and the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM). In such capacity, he planned, coordinated and evaluated 20+ emergency response exercises per year, including large, interagency tests (many financed by the Office of Homeland Security) involving 1000+ personnel to test the city’s ability to respond to a terrorist incident involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).  Additionally, Bob has instructed many of these areas during his career and in the School of Business as an adjunct Instructor for Mercy College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, as well as numerous professional certificates.

 

ROBERT NOONAN
Instructor

Robert Noonan is an industry veteran of over 28 years with an extensive depth of professional experience in fire and emergency management instruction and consulting. Noonan earned a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science, a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies and a Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management (with a concentration in Fire Science and Emergency Management). He also serves as an adjunct professor in Fire Science at Nassau Community College, an adjunct professor in Project Management and Information Technology at Adelphi University and a Second Deputy Chief Instructor at Nassau County Fire Service Academy.

 

RUSSELL STROBEL
Instructor (F-80)

Russell Strobel’s background as an educator (NYC Board of Education) and then subsequently over 25 years of experience with the New York City Fire Department provides a diverse and unique skill set to the Croker Fire and Life Safety Institute team.  As an FDNY Battalion Chief, Strobel is responsible for incident command of fires, including establishing strategy for fire extinguishment and mitigation of emergencies.  He remains responsible for protection of life and property, inclusive of civilian life and property as well as FDNY firefighters.  Depending upon the size of an incident, Strobel has also operated as Sector command.  Russell Strobel remains well versed in New York City fire codes and building safety inspection.  He graduated from the College of Staten Island (CUNY) with a Master’s in Education.

Please check back frequently as additional classes will be added throughout the year.

Dec
6
Wed
2017
Building Operations, Maintenance and Recordkeeping Course (BOMR) (December 2017) $170
Dec 6 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Dates:

12/6/2017 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
12/13/2017 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Click Here to Register Now!

Note: This course is required for Engineers NEEDING TO RENEW their Refrigerating System Operating Engineers Q-01 or Q-99 Certificate.
          If you hold a valid Fire Safety Director (FSD) Certificate of Fitness (F-58 or F-25), you are exempt.

Dec
7
Thu
2017
Active Shooter and Medical Emergency Preparedness Training Course (12/7/2017) $135
Dec 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Dates:

12/7/2017 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM   (This is a one day, four hour course)

Click Here to Register Now!


Effective December 1, 2016, this course is required for ALL existing certified Fire Safety Directors (F-25 or F-58), EAP Directors (F-59) and new FSD candidates in order to renew/obtain their Certificates of Fitness.

Note: Credit card, name of candidate(s), their home address and the uploading of FSD/EAPD COF (if applicable) is required during this registration process.
          Course fee includes FDNY processing for COF of up to two (2) locations.

Jan
9
Tue
2018
Fire Safety Director Course (January 2018) – Concludes in Two Weeks $250
Jan 9 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Dates:

1/9/2018 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
1/11/2018 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
1/16/2018 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
1/18/2018 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Click Here to Register Now!

Note: Classes are conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Attendance is required at all four (4) classes.

Important: New 4-hour “Active Shooter and Medical Emergency Preparedness (ASMEP) Training Course” is FDNY REQUIRED.  As per the FDNY, candidates who successfully completed the FSD Course WILL NOT be permitted to take their FSD Computer Based Test (CBT) at FDNY Headquarters without showing proof of successfully completing the ASMEP Course.

Jan
10
Wed
2018
Emergency Action Plan Director Course (January 2018) $170
Jan 10 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Dates:

1/10/2018 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
1/17/2018 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Click Here to Register Now!

Important: New 4-hour “Active Shooter and Medical Emergency Preparedness (ASMEP) Training Course” is FDNY REQUIRED.  As per the FDNY, candidates who successfully completed the EAP Course WILL NOT be permitted to take their EAP (non-fire) Computer Based Test (CBT) at FDNY Headquarters without showing proof of successfully completing the ASMEP Course.

Jan
23
Tue
2018
Coordinator of Fire Safety & Alarm Systems in Homeless Shelters Course (F-80) (January 2018) $170
F-80 classes are held at the Bowery Mission at 315 East 115 Street (3rd Floor), NYC
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Dates:

1/23/2018  9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
1/25/2018  9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Important: All F-80 classes are held at the Bowery Mission located at 315 East 115 Street (3rd Floor), New York, NY 10029

Click Here to Register Now!

Note: All homeless shelters (with an Interior Fire Alarm System) require an individual holding a Certificate of Fitness for Coordinator of Fire Safety and Alarm Systems in Homeless Shelters (F-80).

Jan
25
Thu
2018
Active Shooter and Medical Emergency Preparedness Training Course (1/25/2018) $135
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Dates:

1/25/2018 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM   (This is a one day, four hour course)

Click Here to Register Now!


Effective December 1, 2016, this course is required for ALL existing certified Fire Safety Directors (F-25 or F-58), EAP Directors (F-59) and new FSD candidates in order to renew/obtain their Certificates of Fitness.

Note: Credit card, name of candidate(s), their home address and the uploading of FSD/EAPD COF (if applicable) is required during this registration process.
          Course fee includes FDNY processing for COF of up to two (2) locations.

Feb
21
Wed
2018
Building Operations, Maintenance and Recordkeeping Course (BOMR) (February 2018) $170
Feb 21 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Dates:

2/21/2018 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
2/28/2018 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Click Here to Register Now!

Note: This course is required for Engineers NEEDING TO RENEW their Refrigerating System Operating Engineers Q-01 or Q-99 Certificate.
          If you hold a valid Fire Safety Director (FSD) Certificate of Fitness (F-58 or F-25), you are exempt.

Apr
17
Tue
2018
Coordinator of Fire Safety & Alarm Systems in Homeless Shelters Course (F-80) (April 2018) $170
F-80 classes are held at the Bowery Mission at 315 East 115 Street (3rd Floor), NYC
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Dates:

4/17/2018  9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
4/19/2018  9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Important: All F-80 classes are held at the Bowery Mission located at 315 East 115 Street (3rd Floor), New York, NY 10029

Click Here to Register Now!

Note: All homeless shelters (with an Interior Fire Alarm System) require an individual holding a Certificate of Fitness for Coordinator of Fire Safety and Alarm Systems in Homeless Shelters (F-80).

 

Please be advised payment is required at time of registration.  A $30.00 service fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Cancellation Policy – Cancellations received less than two weeks prior to the scheduled course date will be subject to a 20% administrative charge. Registrants who do not cancel or attend forfeit the entire fee. The fee may not be applied to the next scheduled class. Course substitutions are permitted prior to the first day of class.

Fire Safety Director (F-58)

  • FDNY – Onsite Exam Study Guide
  • Local Law 5 of 1973 – To amend the administrative code of the City of New York in relation to fire safety requirements and controls in certain office buildings.
  • Local Law 16 of 1984 – To amend the administrative code of the City of New York in relation to fire safety requirements in certain buildings and repealing certain provisions thereof.
  • Local Law 58 of 1987 – To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to providing facilities for people having physical disabilities.
  • Local Law 26 of 2004 – Relating to the retroactive installation of sprinklers, exit signs, and photoluminescent markings in high rise office buildings and other prospective changes to the code relating to fire safety.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
    (Including ADA Amendments Act of 2008)

Emergency Action Plan Director (F-59)

Active Shooter and Medical Emergency Preparedness Training Course

Coordinator of Fire Safety and Alarm Systems in Homeless Shelters (F-80)

Building Operation, Maintenance and Recordkeeping Course (BOMR)

 

Coming Soon!

 

FDNY Computer Based Test (CBT)

Below is the link to schedule the CBT (written) exams at FDNY Headquarters (9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY). The Fire Department requires the candidate to create a “user log-in” when scheduling this exam, so Croker is unable to schedule this test for candidates.

 

To schedule an exam, click here.

  • CBT Exam for Fire Safety Director and EAP Director will NOT be administered to individuals unless an appointment is made.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the check box: “I have read, reviewed and thoroughly understand the NOE of the examination for which I am ready to schedule an appointment. I agree that I possess the qualifications to take the COF exam and am ready to schedule the appointment.”
  • Once checked, a pop up window will bring you to a calendar to schedule an appointment now.

Note: To cancel or reschedule an existing appointment, 24 hours advance notice is required by the FDNY.

 

On the day of the examination, all applicants must:

  • Present 2 forms of identification, at least one identification must be government issued photo ID, such as state-issued drivers’ license or non-drivers license or a passport.
  • Submit the original (FSD or EAPD) school Certificate of Completion (valid for 1 year)
  • Complete the following 2 forms: Application for FSD Certificate of Fitness / A-20 (General COF Application Form)
  • Be processed and photographed prior to taking exam
  • Pay $25 testing fee by credit card (no debit), cash, money order or personal check (payable to New York City Fire Department). (Note: Each candidate will need a separate check).
  • Have at least three (3) years’ of full-time work experience in one or more of the following fields (in any combination thereof), OR 18 months’ full-time work experience in one or more of the following fields (in any combination thereof) that includes at least six (6) months of continuous employment at one work location:(A) Firefighting or other public safety emergency response employment;(B) Any fire safety-related employment, including code enforcement, fire safety inspection, fire prevention or emergency preparedness;(C) The design, installation, operation or maintenance of building fire protection, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, or air conditioning systems, or other building system regulated by the construction codes; or(D) Equivalent experience acceptable to the FDNY.  Present proof by having employer or previous employer(s) submit a notarized affidavit confirming qualifying experience to the FDNY.

Note: When a candidate passes the Computer Based Test, please advise your Croker Service Representative and/or the Croker office (onsites@crokerfiredrill.com) so that we can schedule an FDNY onsite exam.  Applicants will be given 2 opportunities to take and pass the CBT before having to retake the applicable FSD or EAPD course.

 

FDNY Headquarters – Directions

FDNY Headquarters
9 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Take the “A” or “F” train to Jay Street (Back of Train) -or-
Take the “R” train to Lawrence Street
(NYC Subway Map)

Enter through the Flatbush Avenue entrance (between Myrtle Avenue and Tech Place)

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FDNY Onsite Exam

Upon successful completion of the Computer Based Test (CBT), Croker can schedule FSD and EAPD onsite examinations on behalf of our clients. The following information is FDNY required for scheduling for each candidate:

  1. Full legal name as appears on Social Security card (include nickname if they have one)
  2. Social Security Number
  3. Preferred Onsite (Weekday / Weeknight / Weekend)
    • Weekday (Monday-Thursday, between 10AM-12PM or between 1PM-2PM)
    • Weeknight* (Monday-Thursday, between 5PM-6PM)
    • Weekend* (Saturday, between 8AM-10AM)

* Weeknight and weekend exams cost an additional FDNY (after-hours) fee and can usually be scheduled sooner than a weekday date.  Also, a second staff member shall be present in the building to answer calls from the Fire Command Center (This individual does not need to be certified, however should have sufficient knowledge of the building).

Note: To cancel or reschedule an existing appointment, 72 hours advance notice is required by the FDNY.

 

Be advised:

  • FSD onsite exam runs approximately 3-4 hours
  • EAP onsite exam runs approximately 2-3 hours
  • Results can take 4-6 weeks to be received. If results are not received after six (6) weeks, please contact Croker so we can inquire on your behalf.
  • Applicants will be given 2 opportunities to take and pass the onsite exam before having to retake the applicable FSD or EAPD course.  However, applications for a second onsite exam must be filed within the 1 year valid period of the school Certificate of Completion. There is a 30 day waiting period between the first and second onsite exams.
  • Applicants are allowed to be certified at 2 locations at one time without special restrictions.

Note: When a candidate passes the onsite exam, please advise your Croker Service Representative and/or the Croker office so that the building’s plan documents can be updated.

 

Suitable Testing Environment

The building shall arrange a suitable environment for the FDNY inspector to administer the exam. A suitable testing environment includes (but is not limited to):

  • Adequate room lighting;
  • Adequate ventilation;
  • Comfortable seating and clean work surfaces for the candidate to take notes and answer the questions;
  • Minimum noise and no distractions during testing.

Certification Courses

If you would like Croker to provide your team with a private class or instruct them in a particular area in order to obtain an FDNY Certificate of Fitness not listed, please contact our office for more information.

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