Firefighter Academy - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Firefighter Academy

 Next Academy:  Jun 5 – Aug 4, 2023

Download the Firefighter Academy Application

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Academy Goal

To produce high-quality firefighters who strengthen the fire service by providing excellent customer service.

Admission Information

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old by the first day of class
  • Candidates must complete the application process 3 weeks prior to the first class
  • No walk-ins will be accepted

Out-of-State Firefighters

  • Receive full IFSAC certification in Firefighter and Haz Mat
  • Contact us at 704-669-4193 for other details


  • $180 tuition (non-exempt or out-of-state)
    • tuition waived for students affiliated with an emergency services department
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  • $225 non-refundable supplies fee (covers textbooks, uniforms and other items)
  • $1.30 insurance fee, due upon acceptance


Several local fire departments will allow out-of-town candidates to stay free of charge at their stations.

Topics and Training

  • Firefighter I and II courses
  • Hazardous materials
  • Rapid Intervention Team training
  • Physical training
  • Flash-over training in the Phase I simulator
  • Live fire scenarios
    • acquired structures
    • propane props including
      • car fire
      • dumpster
      • cylinders
    • training in the burn facility
  • Interviewing skills
  • Résumé writing
  • Candidates completing the Academy will receive Firefighter I and II certification plus Haz Mat Awareness/Operations

Contact us:

Richard Carroll
Coordinator and Instructor of Fire and Rescue Training
Roberta Van Dyke
Fire Training Specialist
Matthew Childers
EMS Coordinator
Teresa Lail
Continuing Education Records Coordinator
Aaron Vassey
Law Enforcement Training Coordinator
Fran Musolino
Law enforcement Training Specialist