Firefighter Academy - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Firefighter Academy

 Next Academy:  January 11 – March 12, 2021

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 by December 11, 2020
  • 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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  • $175 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
Matthew Childers
EMS Coordinator
Roberta Van Dyke
Fire Training Specialist
Teresa Lail
Continuing Education Records Coordinator
General Information