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The Vermont Fire Academy is based in Pittsford, VT with a primary focus of delivering training to responders throughout the state.  This website is used to distribute timely course information and is updated on a continual basis, so please check back frequently and feel free to contact us with any questions you have. 

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Firefighter I and II Challenge Exams

Individuals who have not completed an approved Vermont Fire Academy sanctioned Firefighter I or II Courses, but who feel they have obtained the necessary training by some other means; or whose previous certifications are more than 2 editions in arrears of the current NFPA 1001 standard, may challenge the Firefighter I or II Exams.   Follow the links below for more information.

Firefighter I Challenge Examination:
Location:  Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford
When:  Monday, June 5, 2017
Time:  0900 until finished
Application deadline, Monday, May 22, 2017

Firefighter II Challenge Examination:
Location:  Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford
When:  Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time:  0900 until finished
Application deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fire Officer I/II Course Announced

Location:   South Burlington Police Complex, (hosted by the South Burlington Fire Department)

Course Schedule:
Orientation: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (0830 - 1700)
Week 1:  April 24 - 28 (0830 - 1700)
Week 2:  May 8 - 12 (0830 - 1700)
Week 3: May 22 - 26 (0830 - 1700)
Certification Exam: June 1 (0900)

Application Deadline: Close of Business on Monday, March 27, 2017

Space is limited to a maximum 15 students. Due to course demand, seats will be awarded to applicants based on fair department disbursement and the applicant's need for certification. An applicant's Chief or Training Officer may be consulted during the decision making process.  Applicants must submit a General Admission Application by the application deadline in order to be considered.


  • Responder Hazardous Materials Operations Certification that qualified as current with NFPA 472.
  • Current National Certification in Firefighter II
  • Current National Certification in Fire and Emergency Services Instructor I 
  • NIMS Certification: ICS-200

This program provides the current Fire Officers and aspiring officers timely information that aids in the performance as a company officer. This educationally sound, objective-based course addresses and complies with the National Fire Protection Association Standard, NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2014 Edition.  Topics covered include developing the proper mind set, accountability and responsibility, cultural diversity, safety and wellness, crew resource management, public relations, functional leadership, incident command, affirmative action issues, budgeting process, strategic planning, and strategy and tactics.  The course also includes a research component where the participants complete 12 research projects on assigned topics based on their own fire departments protocol, policies and practices.  An additional 40 to 80 hours of course work is required in addition to the course hours listed above.

Firefighter Recertification Renewals Due by December 31st

Firefighter Recertification forms were due by December 31, 2016.  If your department has not yet submitted their recertification forms, please do so promptly.  We are currently processing recertifications and 2017 certification cards are being mailed on a continuing basis.   If you do not receive your renewed certification cards, please check to see if your Chief has submitted the recertification form.


Photovoltaic Safety for Firefighters Courses Announced

The Vermont Fire Academy released a new course titled Photovoltaic Safety for Firefighters in August of 2016.  After a number of successful deliveries statewide, requests continued to be submitted for more offerings of this course, so we have added more venues and dates to meet the demand.  Register for any venue by submitting a General Admission Application to the Vermont Fire Academy two weeks prior to the course delivery date.  

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems are becoming more common on homes and businesses across Vermont. Building mounted PV systems present special considerations for firefighters when handling emergencies within these buildings and around these systems. This course will provide the participants with information about what firefighters need to know to safely deal with fires in buildings equipped with PV systems and other emergencies that occur around ground mounted PV equipment.

Topics include an introduction to photovoltaics and electrical theory, recognition of PV systems and components, general PV system operation, common safety labeling, tactical considerations, disconnecting means, fire suppression and ventilation issues, and the hazards associated with fire service operations in the area of a PV system.

All applications are due two weeks prior to the scheduled class date.  

2016 National Fire Academy Courses to be Held in Vermont

Each year, the Vermont Fire Academy hosts National Fire Academy direct delivery courses in an effort to bring fresh, new courses to our responders without the long travel to the National Fire Academy.  The following course offerings are being presented around Vermont.  All classes will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day and are available at no cost.  Apply by submitting a General Admission Application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the application deadlines listed below.

Residential Sprinkler Plan Review
Location:  Division of Fire Safety Central Office - Berlin
Course Date:  March 29 & 30, 2017
Application Deadline:  February 10, 2017

Training Operations in Small Departments
Location:  Vermont Fire Academy - Pittsford
Course Date:  June 24 & 25, 2017
Application Deadline:  May 8, 2017

NFA Conducting Local Risk Reduction By Company Officers

The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards and Training & EMS is hosting this 6 day course in a block of 3 day classes in Concord, NH.  Click here for additional information.

Fire Service Job Opportunities

Burlington Fire Department - Firefighter/EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic

Windsor Fire Department - Firefighter/Paramedic - Application deadline:  February 28, 2017

Fire Service Notices

New England Division, International Association of Fire Chiefs - 2017 Annual Meeting:  March 23, 2017

Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts - Professional Development Conference:  February 28, 2017


Vermont Fire Academy
93 Davison Drive
Pittsford, VT 05763

Phone:  802-483-2755
Toll free:  800-615-3473
Fax:  802-483-2464

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