Registration Opens for 2022 Citizens Fire Academy

The Valdosta Fire Department (VFD) is fighting fire with knowledge through its Citizens Fire Academy (CFA), designed to educate the community about the services the VFD provides, increase fire and life-safety awareness, and establish a community partnership. CFA will be every Tuesday night, beginning September 13 through November 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Citizens will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes. Participants are exposed to all aspects of the department’s operations and witness demonstrations on search and rescue, extrication, and fire prevention. They will be allowed to participate in the Ride-A-Long Program, a live burn, high-angle rescue, and learn how firefighters’ protective equipment works. The class will take a field trip to visit our professional partners at the Emergency Communications Center and learn about call processing and dispatching. All participants will participate in a CPR course and receive their CPR certifications. 


All classes will be held at the Valdosta Regional Training Center located at 137 Blanchard Street unless otherwise stated. Citizens must be at least 18 years of age and complete an application and release of liability form. Although the program is free, Valdosta Fire Chief Brian Boutwell will ask all participants for their commitments to attend all nine weeks of the program.

“The program gives citizens the opportunity to interact with members of the fire department and offers a unique perspective into the life of our firefighters,” said Chief Boutwell. “It provides an exceptional educational experience for the community.”


The CFA is held in the fall of each year. To register, visit for a printable or online application. For additional information, call 229-333-1835 or email