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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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Entry-Level Exterior Firefighter Training Course Discussion

During the past six months, Vermont Fire Academy Staff have traveled throughout the state attending meetings with county and regional fire associations as well as organizations representing all segments of the Vermont Fire Service. The most talked about item was that the Fire Academy does not currently offer entry-level firefighter training in a format that is less than 184 hours long.

To better address the question about how to provide a shorter entry-level firefighter course, we are asking for more input from the Vermont Fire Service. The Fire Academy will be holding five meetings throughout the state to focus on this one topic. We would like to present a few options and ask for your opinion about the options. Please join us at one of the following locations and help shape the future of an Entry-Level Exterior Firefighter Course.

The meeting locations are:

  • Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the Newport City Fire Station at 18:30
  • Wednesday May 3, 2017 at the Vermont Fire Academy at 18:30
  • Thursday May 4, 2017 at the Division of Fire Safety Berlin Office at 18:30
  • Wednesday May 10, 2017 at the Swanton Fire Station at 18:30
  • Thursday May 25, 2017 at the Bellows Falls Fire Station at 18:30

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


Photovoltaic Safety for Firefighters

Location: Shaftsbury Fire Station 
Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Application deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017
Time: 1830 - 2200

Location: West Dover Fire Station 
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Application deadline: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 1830 - 2200

Register by submitting a General Admission Application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the deadline indicated above.

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.


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.

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


2017 National Fire Academy Three State Weekend - Emmitsburg, Maryland

Weekend:  August 18 - 20, 2017
Application Deadline:  July 21, 2017

Course Offerings:
Decision Making for Initial Company Operations
Executive Skill Series: Exercising Leadership Ethically
Incident Command System and Resource Management for the Fire Service
New Fire Chief: Challenging Issues
Politics and the White Helmet
Training Operations in Small Departments

You can register by submitting a completed Three-State Weekend Brochure to the Vermont Fire Academy by the deadline indicated above.


Fire Service Job Opportunities

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

Brattleboro Fire Department - Firefighter - Application deadline is May 1, 2017

Fire Service Notices:

NFPA First Responder Health Forum - Registration deadline is April 30, 2017

Vermont Career Chiefs 2017 Seminar - Registration deadline is May 10, 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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