Citizen's Fire Academy



The City of Fairfax Fire Department Citizen's Fire Academy (FCCFA) is open to persons 18 or older who either live or work in the City of Fairfax. This 12-week program includes approximately 28 hours of instruction. Sessions are approximately 2.5 hours in length and held at the Public Safety Training Center located at 9650 Colonial Avenue. Class size will be limited to 16 students. The first annual FCCFA was held in the Fall of 2012. The next Citizen’s Fire Academy will begin Thursday, September 10, 2015.

FCCFA graduates will receive a certificate of completion from the City of Fairfax Fire Department.


Designed for adults to learn more about fire department is organization and operations. We hope to better inform the residents of the City of Fairfax to the purpose and inner workings of the City of Fairfax Fire Department and to discover the diverse services the fire department offers our community. We will encourage citizens to return to their friends, family, and neighborhoods to relay proper procedures to become more safety conscious citizens. We will provide an interactive forum for both the fire department and the citizens to share information.

Why a Citizen’s Fire Academy

This program is designed for people who have a genuine desire to learn about the daily life of firefighters, who want to increase fire and life safety awareness, and who wish to increase the awareness of the services provided by the City of Fairfax Fire Department. 

How much does the Academy cost?

There is no charge to participants. All materials are provided.

When does registration close?

Registration is now open and will close Friday, September 4, 2015.

Academy Outline

 Date (6:30PM-9:00PM)  Topic
Thursday, September 10, 2015  Introduction, Uniform issue, Overview of the Department, CFAAA
Thursday, September 17, 2015  911 Center Tour
 Thursday, September 24, 2015  Search & Rescue, Work Performance Exam Demonstration
 Thursday, October 1, 2015  Fire Extinguisher Training, Code Admin Overview, General Fire Prevention, Office of Emergency Management Overview
 Thursday, October 8, 2015  Emergency Medical Services, Incident Command System, Incident Management Team
 Thursday, October 15, 2015  CPR
 Thursday, October 22, 2015  Hoses, Ladders, Ventilation
 Thursday, October 29, 2015  Vehicle Extrication
 Thursday, November 5, 2015  Hazmat, Ice Rescue/Swift Water Rescue
 Thursday, November 12, 2015  Rapid Intervention Team
 Thursday, November 19, 2015  Station Tours
 TBD  Graduation


All class instructors are members of the City of Fairfax Fire Department and are committed to providing appropriate & pertinent information to all participants. All instructors are Virginia Department of Fire Programs certified firefighters and certified in their field(s) of expertise.

Class Size / Selection of Participants

Each session will average 16 participants. A larger group inhibits frequent interaction between participants and instructors. SAFETY is of the utmost concern and limiting participants allows for a safer learning environment.

Citizens are selected based on demographics and citizen's ability to reach other members in their community. In preparing for the citizen fire academy, efforts will be made to include members of the educational, religious, and business community, as well as media representatives. Candidates are subject to general background checks. Participants will be contacted to ensure they are familiar with the program and the time commitment involved.

It is imperative for the participants to realize the Citizens Fire Academy is a learning experience to help handle themselves in emergency situations. It is not intended to train them as firefighters or to assist at a fire.

Measuring the Academy's Success

In order to keep the citizen fire academy informative and interesting; participants are encouraged to critique the program throughout its entirety. Enhancements to the program will be implemented as a result of the feedback received from the participants.

Students are encouraged to participate in all practical demonstrations and to interact with the instructors and one another.

To register, you may complete the online registration or you may contact Captain Shawn Dunstan at 703-385-7813.