Fire & Rescue Cadet Academy

Next Academy: July 18, 2016

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Applications and medical forms for the next academy starting on January 19, 2016, must be completed and returned by June 27, 2016. Please be aware that the Wilson Fire/Rescue Academy will only accept a maximum of 25 Cadets on a first come basis. Please do not wait until the deadline as the seats available may already be taken.

Wilson Community College has completed 29 consecutive Regional Cadet Fire and Rescue Training Academies since its conception in the 90's.  The academy has an excellent history of preparing top quality firefighters.  Approximately 96% of the firefighters graduating from the Cadet program have been successful in obtaining employment from fire departments all across North Carolina and other States that are members of the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

General Information

Wilson Community College Fire & Rescue Cadet Academy is a seventeen (18) week program that allows the cadet upon completion to become certified in Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Level One, T/R: Technical Rescuer General, T/R Technical Rescuer VMR, NC Rapid Intervention Team, (ICS) 100 & 200, and D/O: Emergency Vehicle Driver. An additional (7) week, Emergency Medical Technician Certification class is also available to all cadets. The program operates in strict accordance with regulations mandated by the North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina Fire/Rescue Commission. All cadets must pass the academic and physical fitness requirements in order to graduate.

The academy also consists of live fire LP Gas Training, Rapid Intervention Training, Live Burn Training in acquired structures, History of the Fire Service, and Interviewing Techniques. Physical Fitness is conducted each morning.

The Fire and Rescue Academy is scheduled two times each year (January-May and July-November). All classes are held at the:

Wilson Fire/Rescue Services Training Center,
800 North Pine Street, Wilson, N. C.
Classes are scheduled 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.


Registration fee is $175.00. If candidates are affiliated or employed with a fire or rescue department the registration fees will be waived. Affiliated agencies may assist in the cost for books and uniforms. One book is required, The Essentials of Firefighting, 5th edition.

The following uniforms and equipment are required: Academy Uniform, Academy Physical Fitness Uniform, and National Fire Protection Association approved Turn-Out Gear and Self-contained Breathing Apparatus. Uniform and book requirement information will be included in the application package.

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The academy is about more than just certifications. Its purpose is to prepare the participant for the job. fire

Its mission is to instill discipline, character, professionalism, teamwork, integrity, credibility and the physical ability, knowledge and skills to perform the job in a professional and safe manner while preparing the individual for the job.


To become a candidate for the next scheduled Academy, please contact the Fire/Rescue Division and request an application package.

Admission of Cadets

Candidates must be a member of a volunteer fire department, employed full or part time with a fire department, or the candidate must be sponsored by a fire/rescue agency to be eligible for enrollment in the academy. A letter of recommendation or confirmation of employment must be on file at the Academy prior to admission. In the event the employing or affiliated agency withdraws its support, the cadet will be immediately dismissed. The Academy will give priority admission to candidates holding full-time employment with fire/rescue agencies.

All candidates must have completed an application and a medical examination within six (6) months prior to admission. A completed F-2 physical examination form, cholesterol-screening test, drug screening test and a criminal history background check results must be on file at the Academy prior to admission. Additional information may be requested at the discretion of the Fire/Rescue Training Coordinator.



Upon satisfactory completion of all academy requirements, each cadet will receive a certificate.


Limited lodging is available at Wilson Fire/Rescue Services. They also provide a "Ride Along Program" for interested cadets.