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2015 Spring Academy

February 2 – July 16
Mandatory Orientation: January 6, 6 p.m., NDC, room 120
Veterans Administration approved

Todayís firefighters do far more than fight fires. They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak. They are also often the first to arrive at medical emergencies and car accidents.

The Durham Tech Fire Academy is an intensive five-and-half-month program, which is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress through the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal.

The program is designed to offer cadets training in fire behavior and suppression, emergency mitigation, confined space rescue techniques, emergency medical care, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, and public fire education. Certified fire instructors, who are also experienced firefighters, teach cadets the basic skills needed to respond to fires and to contain and control them. Cadets first practice under simulated fire conditions and then during controlled fire events.

To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in pump and ladder operations, search and rescue, water supply, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple-room structural fires.

Upon successful completion of the Fire Academy, cadets meet state standards and are certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials Level I Responder, and Incident Command System.

To be accepted into the academy you must complete a Durham Tech Fire Academy application. If you are a current member of a fire or rescue department in North Carolina you must have a department administrator sign and return the Letter of Membership form. A medical physical is required prior to the start of the Academy. Students are responsible for uniforms, books, and equipment.

Classes are held Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.  There may be an occasional Saturday if a live burn is scheduled.

The Durham Herald-Sunís article about the Class 2013 Fire Academy graduates shines a light on the program and the cadet experience.

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If you have further questions, contact:
Dominic Orlando
Academic Coordinator, Fire Service
Northern Durham Center, 2401 Snow Hill Road, Durham, NC 27712
919-536-7242 ext. 4414