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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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The Vermont Fire Academy continues to closely monitor the evolving situation presented by COVID-19.  We have been in continuous communication with the Governor’s Administration, the Department of Health, and the rest of the Department of Public Safety to ensure that we are taking appropriate actions to protect our students, instructors, and staff.  We will continue to follow the guidance of these experts in the interest of public health and safety.

Firefighter Program Locations for FY21 Announced

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Location               Application Deadline                     Orientation       
Colchester               August 28, 2020                     October 8, 2020
Middlebury             August 28, 2020                      October 1, 2020
Ryegate                     August 28, 2020                      October 5, 2020
Wilmington             August 28, 2020                      October 7, 2020
Stowe                    October 1, 2020                       October 14, 2020

Orientation dates and draft schedules are being created and when approved will be posted as they become available.

Click here for a General Admission Application form, or you can download one from our website and submit it for the program you want to attend.  Applications and other documentation are due by 4 PM on the application deadline listed above.  The capacity limit is 40 and the minimum is 15 students per program, admission will be determined by the date your application is received, with priority given to adult firefighters who are members of a Vermont Fire Department.  Students must be 18 years of age at the start date of the program that they are enrolling in.  Student manuals are not returnable after Orientation.  The sponsoring department will be charged for the cost of the student manual if a student fails to complete the program.

REMINDER: Applicants who have already completed any of the classes listed below and do not wish to repeat the class within the Firefighter program, must submit the respective course completion certificate/card to the Vermont Fire Academy by the application deadline.

  • A current American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver CPR/AED for Child and Adult card, equivalent certification, or an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) license/certification
  • A current AHA Heartsaver First Aid card, equivalent certification, or an EMS license/certification
  • ICS 100 (obtained within the last 10 years)
  • National Traffic Incident Management (obtained within the last 10 years)
  • Hazardous Material Operations (within two editions of the current standard)
  • Wildland or equivalent training (obtained within the last 10 years)

We will not accept any additional documentation after the application deadline. If we don’t receive any of the above, students will be expected to attend the class when it is offered within the program.

Please feel free to contact the Vermont Fire Academy with any questions that you may have.  

2020 -2021 National Fire Academy Courses:

Course:  Executive Skills Series: Exercising Leadership within Communities
Location:  St. Johnsbury Fire Station
Date:  January 23 & 24, 2021
Registration deadline:  December 7, 2020
Student minimum:  15; Student maximum:  30

Course: Leadership in Supervision: Perspectives in Thinking
Location:  Mettowee School, Pawlet
Date:  February 20 & 21, 2021
Registration deadline:  January 7, 2020
Student minimum:  15; Student maximum:  30

Course: Fire Investigation: First Responders
Location:  Randolph Village Fire Station
Date:  February 27 & 28, 2021
Registration deadline:  January 14, 2021
Student minimum:  15; Student maximum:  30

Course: The New Fire Chief:  Challenging Issues
Location:  Proctorsville Fire Station
Date:  May 15 & 16, 2021
Registration deadline:  April 3, 2021
Student minimum:  15; Student maximum:  30

Course: Campus Fire and Life Safety I: Risk Assessment
Location:   Enosburgh Fire Station
Date:  August 28 & 29, 2021
Registration deadline:  July 12, 2021
Student minimum:  15; Student maximum:  30


Fire Service Job Opportunities:
Burlington Fire Department - Firefighter/EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic

Fire Service Notices:
Pride and Ownership Seminar (Chief Lasky) - Postponed to September 26, 2020 in Keene, NH
Vermont Career Chiefs 2020 Seminar (Chief Christopher Naum) - Friday, November 6, 2020