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Volunteer Firefighter Training

Most fire departments will have their own training policies and programs. However, you must be aware that training will be essential to becoming an experienced and safe firefighter.

You will learn in your very first class RULE #1. Your safety comes first.

If you do not learn how to do the job in a safe manner, you'll not be able to help the number of people that are counting on your assistance.

The very basic training required within the first year (36 total hours)

  • Introduction to Firefighting: 12 Hour Class
  • Personal Protective Equipment: 16 Hour Class
  • Wildland Fire Suppression: 8 Hour Class

Statewide Arkansas Fire Academy Training can be found at for
On-Campus and Off-Campus training.

Additional Training can be found at for training such as Emergency Management, Fire and EMS Services, Hazardous Materials, Incident Management Team, and Youth Preparedness Training.


In addition to the required 36 hours of training for first year firefighters, many departments also require additional training to meet federal grant guidelines.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Classes are required by 100% of the firefighters in order for each department to continue applying for federal funding. A good majority of these classes can be taken online.

  • I-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System: 3 Hour Class
  • I-200.b ICS for Singles Resources & Initial Action: 3 Hour Class
  • I-700.a An Introduction to NIMS: 3 Hour Class

For more information on NIMS courses visit:

Additional training courses are offered throughout the year by several local fire departments across the state that are recognized by the Arkansas Fire Academy. Please send ARVFA your training to be posted on the ARVFA event calendar for specific dates and details.