Patterned after fire department recruit schools, the GTCC Fire Academy provides the basic skills needed for a student to become employed in the fire service. The Academy has an aggressive physical fitness program to provide students with the ability to handle the physical demands of the fire service. Students will also receive basic skills needed to excel in the fire service. This is an intense program which requires the student to commit to long hours of rigorous training. In order to be accepted into the academy, applicants must complete a GTCC Fire Academy Application and a physical agility evaluation. A medical physical is required prior to the start of the Academy. The student is responsible for purchasing uniforms, books, and basic equipment.
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010, ALL FIRE ACADEMY APPLICANTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THE FIRE ACADEMY.
NOTICE:We are no longer accepting applications for 29th Academy. Any applications received will be considered for the 30th Academy that begins January 2016. We will provide the students with the following:
Exposure to new Technology
Thorough Knowledge of the Fire Service
Commitment to the Team Concept
Upon completion of the academy you will have the following NC State Certifications:
Firefighter Level I & II
Technical Rescuer General & VMR
Hazardous Materials Level 1 Responder
Fire Academy Coordinator
(336) 334-4822 Extension 50194
Fax: (336) 819-2047
Frequently Asked Questions
GTCC will be offering Firefighter and Hazardous Materials certification through Course Number: FIP-3000, which is entered into the Office of State Fire Marshal as a single class. A student who fails a written course test and one retest on any Firefighter or HazMat class will not receive credit for any classes in that block, including any classes they successfully completed and passed. If any class is failed or a student is unable to complete all of the classes (sick, injury, personal issue, etc.) they will not get credit for any classes they have completed.
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What is the difference between the Fire Con/Ed classes and the Fire Academy?
students successfully completing the Firefighter Academy will obtain their Firefighter I & II, HazMat Level 1
Responder, Technical Rescuer – General, and Technical Rescuer – Vehicle Machinery Rescue Certifications. These certifications are provided by the NC Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The Fire Protection Technology Program is a two year Associate’s Degree program. Upon completion of this program, students are awarded an Associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology.
Most fire service personnel would view the skills learned in the Fire Academy as the foundation to being a firefighter. The Associate’s Degree program would add to this foundation and could be viewed as “next level” learning. It is important to note however, that they are separate programs and one is not necessarily dependent on the other.
What is the cost of the Firefighter Academy?
The average cost of the Academy for someone who is not affiliated with a fire department in North Carolina
is about $2,100. If a cadet is affiliated with a NC fire department, they will be exempt from paying the registration fees and normally can use the turnout gear from their fire department with approval from the Chief of the department. Understand these figures are estimates for planning purposes only.
This includes the following:
Tuition for the Fire Academy:
Registration fee for FIP 3400(FF, HazMat) $188
Registration fee for FIP 5600 (TR General) $188
Registration fee for FIP 5700 (TR VMR) $188
Registration fee for FIP 4728 (Drill days) $78
Books for the Fire Academy: $120
PT/Workout Clothes: $150
Medical Physical: $350
Turnout Gear Rental: $500
What is the schedule like for the Firefighter Academy?
Every day starts at 8am with physical training (running, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, weight training, and job related agility skills) Class begins at 9am and concludes at 5pm. However, some days can run later depending on the objectives to be competed for the day.
At the end of the day cadets perform station duties before dismissal. This includes maintenance, cleaning, etc.
Cadets are not allowed to leave until all work is completed. This schedule continues for approximately 16 weeks at the ERTC 3 building.
What certification do the cadets receive from the Firefighter Academy?
Upon successful completion of the Firefighter Academy cadets will receive certifications in Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Level 1 Responder, Technical Rescuer –General, and Technical Rescuer – Vehicle Machinery Rescue.
As noted above, GTCC offers Firefighter I and II with Hazardous Materials Level 1 Responder under FIP-3400.
This certification block consists of all certification courses identified by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission
as comprising the Fire Fighter I and II and Hazardous Materials Level 1 Responder Certifications. FIP-3400 transfers as one block, in its entirety, to the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM).
It is imperative for students to understand that they:
Must successfully complete all of the Firefighter I and II and HazMat certification courses that are part of this block to get credit for any of the individual courses/certifications;
Each certification course within this block has its own attendance policy that must still be followed; and
Each certification course within this block has its own testing requirements, including any practical evolutions.
The purpose of the blocks is to allow colleges to bundle individual certification courses so that they may register students for a grouping of FIP courses under one course number and one registration process and fee. It is much more economical for students to pay for 4 “blocks” of instruction as opposed to paying 33 separate registration fees for each course taught. Students who are affiliated with a N.C. Fire Department are exempt from paying the registration fees.
Can I get credit for any fire or rescue topics that I have already completed?
Under block registration, students get credit for all or nothing. If a student enrolls in a block course and has previously taken any course within the block as a stand alone course, he/she still has to take the entire block.
When are the tests for the Firefighter Academy?
Every class subject during the Academy has a test administered from the NC Fire and Rescue Commission. Tests are taken at the end of each subject.
How do I apply to the Firefighter Academy?
Fill out the application Click here. Mail it in along with a copy of a college level reading placement test such as AccuPlacer (Click here) . These items must be received to be considered for the Firefighter Academy. The minimum entry level reading score is 65 on the Compass test.
The reading test can be taken for free at a GTCC Assessment Center. Please refer to this link for hours
and locations: Click here
What other requirements are there for the Firefighter Academy?
All potential cadets must first pass a physical agility test that consists of the following:
The Physical Agility Assessment will begin with each Candidate completing a run of 1.2 miles in at least 12 minutes. After the run the Candidate will have one minute to complete 25 push-ups and one minute to complete 25 sit-ups.
Additionally, the following events will be timed for a total time. The Candidate will wear a fire helmet and gloves while completing the following assessment.
A maximum time limit of 8 minutes will be allowed for the following series of events.
Climb 5 flights of stairs carrying a 100’ hose pack of 1 ¾” hose weighing approximately 40 pounds. The Candidate may skip steps while ascending the stairs. The Candidate shall maintain contact with the handrail at all times while ascending the stairs.
Hoist a 50’ section of 2 ½” fire hose weighing approximately 40 pounds using a rope in a hand-over-hand manner.
Descend the stairs touching every step on the way down. The Candidate shall maintain contact with the handrail at all times while descending the stairs.
Climb a raised 24’ ladder and descend the ladder and touch the top rung with both hands. The Candidate shall maintain three points of contact at all times while climbing the ladder. The Candidate may hold either the beams or the rungs of the ladder while climbing the ladder.
Advance a charged 1 ¾” hose line 75’.
Drag a mannequin weighing approximately 165 pounds a distance of 75′.
The Candidate shall walk between each station as directed by the timekeeper. No running will be allowed.
The Candidate shall complete the timed drill in its entirety without stopping. If a candidate stops longer than 30 seconds to rest during one of the events, that candidate will be disqualified from the Physical Agility Test and may not continue the assessment.
There are usually practice sessions available before the agility test date. All potential cadets must pass a medical physical prior to admittance to the Academy.
Is a medical physical required?
Yes, all potential cadets must pass a medical physical prior to admittance to the Academy. The details of this physical will be provided by the Fire Academy Coordinator.
What are the cut off dates for applying to the Firefighter Academy?
The cut-off date for the Fire Academy is approximately 2 months prior to the start date. This allows time for agility testing and preliminary screening of all applicants prior to full acceptance to the Academy.