Recruit Academy & Probation


The Richmond Fire Academy consists of rigorous classroom and manipulative training over the course of 12-16 weeks. Topics in the academy include but are not limited to:

  • Hose
  • Ladders
  • Live fire training
  • Hazardous material
  • Wildland firefighting
  • EMS
  • Confined space operations
  • Auto extrication
  • Rope rescue
  • Building construction
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational (FRO)
  • Driver/Operator 1A
  • Incident Command System


Upon successful completion of the fire academy, a recruit becomes a Probationary Firefighter.  The probationary period is 18 months, where the Probationary Firefighter must successfully pass examinations at the 9 and 18 month mark.
Probationary Firefighters are required to complete a number of didactic and manipulative exercises contained in the Probationary Handbook.  The Probationary Firefighter must research, practice and then demonstrate their knowledge on specified topics to a company officer.  Once the company officer is satisfied the Probationary Firefighter has demonstrated a working knowledge of the subject, he or she is signed off.