Durham Tech Fire Academy

Starts September 1

Fire Academy logo Veterans Administration approved

Firefighting is a highly competitive field. In order to survive, firefighters must be able to think critically and clearly and solve problems quickly, under extreme stress. The Durham Tech Fire Academy is a comprehensive program designed to train and certify firefighters for the state of North Carolina. Students will also receive skills needed to excel in the fire service. An aggressive physical fitness program provides students with the ability to handle the physical demands of the fire service. When completed you will receive certifications in:

  • North Carolina Firefighter
  • NC Hazardous Materials Responder Level 1
  • NC Technical Rescuer
  • NC Emergency Medical Technician

To be accepted into the academy you must:

  1. Complete and submit a Durham Tech Fire Academy application
  2. Have NO Felony convictions.
  3. Have NO DUI/DWI convictions in the past 4 years
  4. Provide a complete vaccination record.

If you are a current member of a fire or rescue department in North Carolina you must have a department administrator sign and return the Letter of Membership form. A medical physical is required prior to the start of the Academy. Students are responsible for purchasing all uniforms, books, and equipment.

Applicants are required to schedule and take the NCDAP placement test (unless you have taken college level English 111, or its equivalent) in order to attend the Durham Technical Community College (Durham Tech) Fire Academy. All applicants must schedule and take the test prior to the start date of the Durham Tech Fire Academy (tentatively scheduled for August 2016). Applicants must score in the DRE 098 range (136-150) to qualify. After taking the test, it’s the applicant’s responsibility to report his or her score to the Durham Tech Assistant Fire Academy Coordinator.

In the event that an applicant does not score within the DRE 098 range, the Durham Tech Fire Academy will be scheduling a two-day (3 hours each day) remedial training session during the summer months (June–July) of 2016. Applicants who do not score in the DRE 098 range are encouraged to attend this workshop in order to be eligible to re-take the test. Applicants will be allowed to re-test on the NCDAP only one more time within the college’s scheduled academic year. The NCDAP test can be taken at any community college within the state, however, the applicant must ensure that the Durham Tech Fire Academy Assistant Fire Coordinator receives his or her score after the test is taken.

If you have any question about how or where to schedule the NCDAP test, please contact Captain Richard Ray, Assistant Fire Academy Coordinator, ​ rayr@durhamtech.edu, 919-536-7240, ext. 4601.

Classes are held Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.  There may be an occasional Saturday if a live burn is scheduled.

All fire and rescue courses are offered through the college's Continuing Education Department and are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress through the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

Read the Durham Herald-Sun’s article about the latest partnership between the Durham Fire Department and Durham Technical Fire Academy.

Read the frequently asked questions for more information about costs, textbooks, equipment, and registration. Learn more about public service careers at http://www.firescience.org/public-service-careers/.

If you have further questions, contact:
Richard Ray
Assistant Fire Academy Coordinator
Northern Durham Center, 2401 Snow Hill Road, Durham, NC 27712
rayr@durhamtech.edu
919-536-7200, ext. 4414