February 29–August 18, 2016
This class is full. We are accepting applications for the next class (Academy 22), dates TBA
Veterans Administration approved
Firefighting is a highly competitive field. In order to survive, firefighters must be able to think critically and clearly and solve problems quickly, under extreme stress. The Durham Tech Fire Academy is a comprehensive program designed to train and certify firefighters for the state of North Carolina. Students will also receive skills needed to excel in the fire service. An aggressive physical fitness program provides students with the ability to handle the physical demands of the fire service. When completed you will receive certifications in:
- North Carolina Firefighter
- NC Hazardous Materials Responder Level 1
- NC Technical Rescuer
- NC Emergency Medical Technician
To be accepted into the academy you must:
- Complete and submit a Durham Tech Fire Academy application
- Have NO Felony convictions.
- Have NO DUI/DWI convictions in the past 4 years
- Provide a complete vaccination record.
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 purchasing all 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.
All fire and rescue courses are offered through the college's Continuing Education Department and are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress through the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM).
Read the Durham Herald-Sun’s article about the latest partnership between the Durham Fire Department and Durham Technical Fire Academy.
Read the frequently asked questions for more information about costs, textbooks, equipment, and registration. Learn more about public service careers at http://www.firescience.org/public-service-careers/.
If you have further questions, contact:
Assistant Fire Academy Coordinator
Northern Durham Center, 2401 Snow Hill Road, Durham, NC 27712
919-536-7200, ext. 4414