Coastal Carolina Fire Academy

The Coastal Carolina Fire Academy application period is now closed. Thank you for your interest in earning your firefighter certification. The application period for the July, 2017 CCFA class will open on May 1, 2017. To add your name to an interest list for the CCFA, please e-mail firerescue@coastalcarolina.edu.

Candidate Acceptance

The Academy will accept candidates who commit to the entire twenty-four class Firefighter certification series. Competitiveness of the process will be determined by the number of applicants. There will be an Agility Test and a TABE Reading test requirement for each applicant. Details of these requirements are included in the application package.

Cost

The Academy is delivered in a block format and requires a registration fee of $180 and an insurance fee of $1. The registration fee must be paid at the Orientation meeting. The cost of the text is approximately $95. The cost of required uniforms will be less than $200. At this time, the registration fees and associated costs are not eligible for VA/GI Bill benefits.

We strongly encourage those interested in the Academy to become members of their local volunteer fire department. This makes you eligible for waived registration fees and gives you access to the requisite PPE from the department. Those who are members of a NC volunteer fire department will need only to purchase the text and their uniforms. Proof of membership will be required.

Description Cost Due
Registration and Insurance ** $181 January 5
Initial Uniforms $25 January 5
Textbook $95 +/- Prior to January 9
Graduation Uniforms <$175 April 1

Attendance/Testing

Each of the twenty-four courses has an 80% attendance requirement. Each course has practical skills evaluations and written testing. Students who do not successfully complete one of the scheduled courses will be withdrawn from the Academy program.

Pre-Requisites

Candidates must present documentation that they are High School graduates or have a high school equivalency diploma.

Career Opportunities

Candidates who complete the Academy successfully are eligible receive a North Carolina Firefighter Certification from the NC Office of State Fire Marshal. This certification is IFSAC accredited, meaning it is accepted through reciprocity in over forty other states. If you are considering taking your certification to another state you should contact their certifying authority to understand their IFSAC reciprocity rules.

While this Academy is not for direct placement into a career as a firefighter, it does make the successful graduate a desirable candidate for hiring. Additionally the Academy members will be exposed to career firefighters who work throughout Onslow County and may be a valuable resource in the job search.