Join the Academy - Central County Fire & Rescue

Join the Academy

What does it really take to be a CCFR firefighter? Find out firsthand as a member of the Citizen Fire Academy. 

The Citizen Fire Academy gives local community members hands-on understanding of what it takes to be a CCFR firefighter. 

Participants are given a chance to interact with the firefighters, learn about the fire service, and receive hands-on experience with some of the tasks and tools used to fight fires and save lives.

The CCFR Citizen Fire Academy provides community members with the education and experience to safely understand the operations and functions of the fire department. Click here to see a video of what is like to participate in the Academy.

Academy Sessions

Academy participants attend classroom lecture sessions and practical hands-on events where they experience the inside world of the fire service. The safety of the participants is of the utmost importance and every step is monitored by fire department instructors.


Because firefighting is an inherently dangerous job, no participants will be expected to perform any task they do not wish, nor will they participate in any real emergency situations.


  • Be a community-minded resident of CCFR

  • Be at least 21 years of age

  • Complete the application process

  • Proof of current health insurance

  • Signed waiver release form


E-mail Assistant Chief Steve Brown or call 636.970.9700 x403 or for an application.


The Citizen Fire Academy meets one evening a week for seven weeks.


There is a $25 administration fee to enroll.


For the classroom lectures, comfortable clothes are acceptable. For the practical exercises participants should wear work clothing.


To obtain your graduation certificate, you must not miss more than two classes. Attendance at all classes is highly encouraged due to the information given.

Course Topics

  • History of the Fire Service and CCFR

  • Tools and Equipment

  • Fire Extinguishment

  • Use of a Breathing Air Pack

  • Search and Rescue

  • Automobile Extrication

  • Technical Rescue

  • How A House Fire Is Put Out

  • Emergency Medical Services

Call 636.970.9700 or e-mail us to apply today.