Vermont Fire Academy

Welcome to the Vermont Fire Academy Home Page

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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Instructors Wanted!

The Vermont Fire Academy is seeking qualified, experienced, and motivated individuals for the position of part-time Fire Instructor!  If you have a desire to keep your skills sharp and share your knowledge and experience with others, then we would like to hear from you.  We have a need for Fire Instructors in all regions of the State and are looking to grow our instructional team to meet local training needs.    Click here for more information.


Program Request Period Open

The Vermont Fire Academy is accepting requests for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Firefighter I/II and other certification programs to be held in FY18. 

If your fire department or county firefighter association would like to host a firefighter certification training program in the upcoming fiscal year, please fill out a Request for Training form and submit it to the Vermont Fire Academy by June 15, 2017 for consideration.  Requests submitted after this date will not be accepted.  Awarded programs require a minimum of 15 students preregistered two weeks in advance of the course start date.

Selection Process for course awards:

The course locations are finalized by the Vermont Fire Academy Staff, with the concurrence of the Vermont Fire Service Training Council at the June Vermont Fire Service Training Council meeting.  Award notifications are sent shortly after the June Vermont Fire Service Training Council meeting and typically no later than July 1st. The awarded courses typically start in late summer / early fall of that same year.

Items the Vermont Fire Academy and the Vermont Fire Service Training Council considers when awarding requests:

  • Adequate host facilities (classroom, area for practical skills, accommodations for building access)
  • History of previous courses hosted in the county.
  • Parking for students, instructors, and Vermont Fire Academy equipment trailers - up to tractor trailer size
  • Site security, including snow removal in the winter
  • When receiving multiple requests for courses in a geographic area, priority will be given to those submitted by a county organization or multiple departments.
  • Requests accompanied by a significant number of completed General Admission Applications from applicants for preregistration will be a given higher priority.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Vermont Fire Academy at 800-615-3473.

Emergency Vehicle Driver Training Course

Location:  Springfield Fire Station
Classroom - May 31 & June 1 (1800 – 2200)
Practical - June 4 ( 0800 - until finished)
Student Minimum:  15
Student Maximum: 24
Application deadline:  May 17, 2017
Please apply by submitting a general admission application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the Application deadline listed above.

This program was developed by VFIS, to teach the emergency vehicle operator proper driving technique, the mental as well as the physical aspects of the driving task. The program points out the long term impact of an accident involving an emergency vehicle on the operator, the emergency service organization and the community in which they serve.  Includes both classroom and practical driving course. Minimum class size is 15 students, maximum class size is 24 students.
Prerequisites:  Valid vehicle operator’s license. 

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

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.

Location:  Waterbury Fire Station 
Course Date:  October 7 & 8, 2017
Application Deadline:  August 23, 2017
Location: St. Michael's College
Course Date:  January 6 & 7, 2018
Application Deadline:  November 22, 2017
Location:  Vermont Fire Academy - Pittsford
Course Date:  January 13 & 14, 2018
Application Deadline:  November 29, 2017
Location:  Middlebury Fire Station 
Course Date:  January 27 & 28, 2018
Application Deadline:  December 12, 2017
Location:  Brattleboro Fire Station
Course Date:  January 27 & 28, 2018
Application Deadline:  December 12, 2017
Location:  Hartford Fire Station 
Course Date: February 10 & 11, 2018
Application Deadline:  December 27, 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

Fire Service Notices:

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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