Thank you for your interest in the Coastal Carolina Fire Academy! The Academy is a part-time evening and weekend program that leads to North Carolina Firefighter Certification. The Academy is delivered on campus at Coastal Carolina Community College and at other training locations in Onslow County.
The Fire Academy application period is now closed. The application period for the July, 2016 Academy will open May 2, 2016.
For those accepted through the application process, there will be an Academy Orientation meeting on Monday, June 27 at 6:00 PM. The Academy classes will take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights each week, 6-10 PM; and two Saturdays each month (8 AM – 5 PM). There are two Sundays included in the schedule as well. The Academy will not be scheduled on holidays. The starting date for classes is Tuesday, July 5, 2016. See the calendar below for the full schedule.
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.
The Academy is delivered in a block format and requires a registration fee of $180 and an insurance fee of $1. The registration must be paid at the Orientation meeting. The cost of the required text is approximately $90. At the end of the Academy there is one additional class registration/insurance fee of $71. 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. Financial aid is not available for the Academy.
At this time 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 required 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.
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.
The Fire Academy block class has twenty-four individual subjects. Academy students are required to maintain 80% attendance in each of the subjects as well as successfully pass written and practical exams in order to continue in the Academy.
Candidates must present documentation that they are High School graduates or have a high school equivalency diploma.
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.
Print the application documents, complete and return to the Continuing Education Building front desk, or mail to:
Coastal Carolina Fire Academy
444 Western Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28546
Scanned or faxed applications are not accepted. Incomplete applications without supporting documents will not be accepted.