Citizen Fire Academy

The Citizen Fire Academy is an exciting, interactive program for citizens to learn firsthand about Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service Operations.  Through a series of lectures, field trips, and simulated activities, participants are given an inside look at the training for an actual firefighter/medic. 
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Citizen Fire Academy students receive the following training:


  • CPR Heartsaver/AED Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Fire Suppression Overview
  • Emergency Medical Services Overview

What are the qualifications to participate in the Citizens Fire Academy?

The training is open to City of Newport News residents, business owners, employees, and individuals who are in some way connected to our City.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Because of the sensitive nature of some material shared, participants must pass a criminal history background check.

How do I sign up for the program?

Applications are accepted when we are preparing to begin a new class.  You will be able to download an application or apply online.  Check back periodically to see if a class will be starting soon.

For more information contact:


Citizen Fire Academy Instructors
Or call 757-247-2332 and ask for a Public Educator.