Fire Academy

*UPDATE 9/2/20: Upon arrival at the Fire Academy, all students will now be required to report to the auditorium entrance at a specific time for a temperature scan prior to each class session. Check-in times will be staggered to minimize the number of individuals occupying common spaces at any given moment. Students will be notified of their assigned time via email prior to the first morning or evening of class. When registering, prospective students should consider that they will need to arrive at the Fire Academy several minutes earlier than the start time listed on the training schedule.

All classes are dependent upon Federal, State, County, and PA State Fire Academy COVID-19 restrictions and are subject to change.*
*UPDATE 7/31/20: The Montgomery County Fire Academy will offer a series of online training programs in August. To view the schedule, click here. The Fall 2020 training schedule will be posted soon.*
*UPDATE 7/31/20: The Montgomery County Fire Academy will offer a series of online training programs in August. To view the schedule, click here. The Fall 2020 training schedule will be posted soon.*

Our mission is to provide high quality, coordinated, and innovative public safety training through realistic, progressive, and standardized training programs for the fire, rescue, and emergency medical services in Montgomery County. 

The Montgomery County Fire Academy provides an entry-level curriculum for recruits of all ages who are new to the fire service as well as ongoing training for experienced firefighters.

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We also conduct hazardous materials training and provide fire safety programs for municipal officials and industry. In addition, the Fire Academy serves as an ongoing educational resource for all of the fire, rescue and emergency medical service provider agencies throughout Montgomery County.

FACILITIES

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING / CLASSROOMs

The Administrative Building contains 10 classrooms, an auditorium that seats 250, a full kitchen and cafeteria, a pump maintenance room, an immersion lab, equipment and locker rooms, and apparatus bays that house two engines.

In addition to classroom instruction, our cadre of over 150 part-time instructors provide hands-on practical skills training using our state-of-the-art structural burn building, drill tower, smoke house, drafting pit and flammable gas pad. 

STRUCTURAL BURN BUILDING

The Structural Burn Building complex includes a two-story residential burn building, a two-story commercial burn building, and a four-story high-rise burn building for interior firefighting training.

DRILL TOWER

A five- and four-story building, the Drill Tower is used for aerial apparatus and ladder work, simulated high-rise training with a standpipe, and rope rescue training.

SMOKE HOUSE

The Smoke House is a two-story structure containing a maze for practicing search and rescue skills and SCBA familiarization and practice.

DRAFTING PIT

The Drafting Pit is used as a water supply for pump training.

FLAMMABLE GAS PAD

The Flammable Gas Pad is used for flammable gas and fire extinguisher training. Several mock-ups are used for fire extinguishment and flow control.