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2015 Spring Academy

February 16 – July 15, 2015
Mandatory Orientation: Jan. 13, 6 p.m., NDC, room 120
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.


EMT-Initial Provider

Firefighter/Hazardous Materials

Technical Rescuer General

Technical Rescuer Vehicle and Machinery Rescue

National Fire Academy Mayday

NC Rapid Intervention Team Safety and Survival


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.

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.


Read the Herald-Sun article about the latest class of Fire Academy graduates: Durham Tech Fire Academy grads join the brotherhood and about Phayboun Keolavanh, a Fall 2012 graduate.


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:
Clinton L. Briggs
Fire Service Extension Program Director
Northern Durham Center
briggsc@durhamtech.edu