Vermont Fire Academy


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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. 

Fire Instructor I Course Announced

Location: Vermont Fire Academy - Pittsford
Orientation Date:  Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Registration Deadline:  Friday, October 23, 2015
Time:  Classes will be held on Tuesday nights 1800 - 2200 and there will be some weekend classes.

This program is designed to qualify Fire or Emergency Service Responders to deliver instruction from a prepared lesson plan. Upon successful completion, students are awarded nationally registered certifications in accordance with NFPA standard 1041-2012 edition.


  • 3 years current Fire or Emergency Service experience
  • High school education
  • Firefighter 1 certification / qualification or Emergency Medical Service equivalent

Cost: Participant fees are grant funded 

To register, download the General Admission application, fill it out and return it to the Vermont Fire Academy by the registration deadline.  Registration is on a first come basis.  The class maximum is 12 students.

Please note students will need a laptop/computer access for homework assignments.

Fire Service Instructor I certification is mandatory for Fire Officer certification and to be considered for employment as a Vermont Fire Academy Instructor. 

Advanced Fire Behavior: Flashover to be held in Wilmington

Classroom:  November 4, 2015
Practical:  November 7, 2015 starting at 0800
Location: Wilmington
Application:  Submit a completed Flashover Admission Application no later than October 21, 2015

The recognition of changing fire conditions is paramount to firefighter safety.  This course reviews fire behavior, will provide you with the tools needed to recognize the warning signs of an impending flashover, and provides you with the skills to perform potentially life saving fire control techniques.  The course begins with a classroom presentation and concludes with a live fire exercise where you observe fire development from the incipient stage to flashover and observe the practical application of the fire control techniques discussed in class.  Maximum class size is 18 students.  All students must meet the prerequisites for live fire training as outlined in NFPA 1403. 

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 at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford.  All classes will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.  Apply by submitting a General Admission Application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the application deadlines listed below.

Incident Command for Structural Incidents - November 21 & 22, 2015
Application deadline: October 21, 2015

Fire Service Safety Culture: Who Protects Firefighters from Firefighters - January 9 & 10, 2016
Application deadline: December 1, 2015

Campus Fire and Life Safety I:  Risk Assessment - January 25 & 26, 2016
Application deadline: December 15, 2015

New Fire Chief:  Challenging Issues - June 11 & 12, 2016
Application deadline: May 1, 2016

Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders - August 27 & 28, 2016
Application deadline: July 18, 2016

National Fire Academy 3-State Weekend

Save the date!  National Fire Academy 3-State Weekend will be held on August 20 & 21, 2016 on campus at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.  This is a join training weekend with Vermont, New Hampshire, and Alabama.  More details will be posted as they become available.  

Looking for ICS Training?

Incident Command Training is offered by the Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security regularly.  For more information on NIMS or ICS training opportunities, click here.

National Association of State Fire Marshals Releases
"Understanding Your Role in Fire Incident Data"

The National Association of State Fire Marshals has launched a free, online training program for the fire service.  This program is designed to help close the repoting gap in NFIRS and to help departments across the nation develop stonger reporting capabilities.

Click here to access the free online program.


Responding to Utility Emergency Free Online Program Available!




This course is delivered in an online independent study format and is designed to provide electrical emergency awareness level training to emergency responders.  Click here for more information.