The Richmond Fire Academy consists of rigorous classroom and manipulative training over the course of 12-16 weeks. Topics in the academy include but are not limited to:
Live fire training
Confined space operations
Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational (FRO)
Incident Command System
Upon successful completion of the fire academy, a recruit becomes a Probationary Firefighter. The probationary period is 18 months.
Probationary Firefighters are required to complete a number of didactic and manipulative exercises contained in the Probationary Handbook. The Probationary Firefighter must research, practice and then demonstrate their knowledge on specified topics to a company officer. Once the company officer is satisfied the Probationary Firefighter has demonstrated a working knowledge of the subject, he or she is signed off.
In addition, the Probationary Firefighter must successfully pass examinations at the 9 and 18 month mark.