Fire Academy

*UPDATE 7/1/20: The Montgomery County Fire Academy will offer a series of online training programs in July and August. To view the schedule, click here.

All in-person courses with a start date on or before July 11th have been canceled. Information on further 
cancellations, make-up dates, and the rescheduling of courses will be posted when available.*

Our mission is to provide high quality, coordinated, and innovative public safety training through realistic, progressive, and standardized training programs for the fire, rescue, and emergency medical services in Montgomery County. 

The Montgomery County Fire Academy provides an entry-level curriculum for recruits of all ages who are new to the fire service as well as ongoing training for experienced firefighters.

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We also conduct hazardous materials training and provide fire safety programs for municipal officials and industry. In addition, the Fire Academy serves as an ongoing educational resource for all of the fire, rescue and emergency medical service provider agencies throughout Montgomery County.



The Administrative Building contains 10 classrooms, an auditorium that seats 250, a full kitchen and cafeteria, a pump maintenance room, an immersion lab, equipment and locker rooms, and apparatus bays that house two engines.

In addition to classroom instruction, our cadre of over 150 part-time instructors provide hands-on practical skills training using our state-of-the-art structural burn building, drill tower, smoke house, drafting pit and flammable gas pad. 


The Structural Burn Building complex includes a two-story residential burn building, a two-story commercial burn building, and a four-story high-rise burn building for interior firefighting training.


A five- and four-story building, the Drill Tower is used for aerial apparatus and ladder work, simulated high-rise training with a standpipe, and rope rescue training.


The Smoke House is a two-story structure containing a maze for practicing search and rescue skills and SCBA familiarization and practice.


The Drafting Pit is used as a water supply for pump training.


The Flammable Gas Pad is used for flammable gas and fire extinguisher training. Several mock-ups are used for fire extinguishment and flow control.