Fire Rescue Traditional Academy

Program Overview:

The Johnston Community College Fire Academy is an intensive program that prepares cadets for careers in the fire service. The Academy is split between two distinctive blocks.

The first block provides certifications in Firefighter, Incident Command System, Traffic Incident Management, and Hazardous Materials.
The second block focuses on NC Technical Rescuer and Vehicle Rescuer.
Upon completion of the Fire Academy, cadets will receive the following International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications through the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal, Fire and Rescue Commission:

  • Firefighter NFPA 1001, 2019 edition
  • Hazardous Materials Operations NFPA 1072, 2017 edition
  • Technical Rescue NFPA 1006 (Chapter 5- General & Chapter 6 - Ropes), 2013 edition
  • Technical Rescuer Vehicle NFPA 1006, 2013 edition

Cadets will participate in classroom instruction, hands on training, and physical conditioning in a structured environment. Our purpose is to instill integrity, discipline, character, and credibility while learning the fundamentals of being a firefighter.
Full participation is required for successful completion and Academy Graduation.



The fee for this course is $180.00 per block for students NOT affiliated with a Fire Department.

Students may be eligible for an internship with a local Fire Department provided they meet the department’s selection criteria. If help is needed in locating a local Fire Department, please call Department Chair of Fire Programs,  Alan Jenkins.


Cadets will be responsible for purchasing Academy uniforms and must be ordered and paid for prior to the start of the academy.

  • If Tees Could Talk - 549 E. Main St.  Clayton, NC 27520  (919-938-8021)


  • 2023 Fall Fire Academy - Currently in progress.
  • 2023 Spring Fire Academy - Dates to be announced.


Johnston Community College 
Public Services Building | Room J-1230
245 College Rd. Smithfield, NC
Directions to the Public Safety Building (Google Maps)


Please email for the JCC Fire Academy Application.


Alan Jenkins
Department Chair, Fire Programs
Office: 919-464-2356

KC Ray
Fire and Rescue Academy Coordinator

Jeff Collier
Fire Rescue Training Coordinator
Office: 919-464-2360