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Last Updated: 2009-11-08

Fire Recruit Academy

Our Fire Recruit Academy is a 24-week program that involves both EMS and Fire-Rescue curriculums. Certifications received during this process include: CPR, EMT, Firefighter 1 and 2, EVOC, Hazardous Materials Operations, as well as NIMS IS100 and IS700. During the Academy, recruits participate in daily physical training that prepares them for a final physical ability evaluation administered at the end of the program. In addition to the evaluation of the obvious knowledge, skills and abilities associated with fire and EMS disciplines, recruits are also evaluated on teamwork, attitude, and work ethic.

Daily Company Training

Daily Company Training is designed to continually increase the proficiency of our uniformed staff in the daily tasks that we are assigned. Every day, with the exception of Holidays and Sundays, the company officer is required to conduct a daily training activity. The contents of which, are provided by the Fire Training Academy. Each day of the cycle falls into a broad category of training topics as follows: Tuesday:Truck Company Operations, Thursday:EMS, Saturday:Rapid Intervention / Firefighter Survival, Monday:Safety, Friday:Engine Company Operations. The format of the training will be either discussion, hands on training, or district familiarization. The daily drills are intended to last between thirty and sixty minutes.

Company Training at the Academy

Personnel of fire companies are scheduled for several days of training at the academy each year. This training includes EMT recertifications, fire extinguishment, rappelling, ground ladders, hose lays, SCBA, search and rescue, defensive driving, hydraulics, hazardous materials, and various special programs such as Mayday and High Rise Operations.

Training Manuals

The fire department maintains a library of various training manuals in all fire stations. The academy keeps the libraries current and writes the necessary supplements to manuals. An extensive library of fire service reference manuals and books is maintained at the academy.

Video Library

The academy purchases and maintains a library consisting of DVD's and power point presentations on topics related to the fire service for the purpose of enhancing training programs. The necessary audio/video equipment is also purchased and maintained by the academy.

Testing and Evaluation of New Equiptment

The department is very interested in new technology and welcomes the opportunity to test and evaluate new equipment that may benefit our operations. The Chief relies extensively upon the academy's opinions and findings of facts.

Outside Training

Within reason, when private industry and private organizations, within the City, and other fire service groups make requests for assistance and use of the academy, the department makes every attempt to respond to their needs. Regional cooperation has become the standard.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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