Students practice discipline and attention to academic and professional standards to successfully fight live fires, address hazardous-materials (HAZMAT) incidents, and conduct search-and-rescue operations. Students become familiar with the procedures, equipment, and technologies used by fire departments. This course challenges students academically, mentally, and physically, and meets the standards of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001-2013 leading to the opportunity to obtain a Firefighter I certification. To be eligible for this one year program students must be at least 16 years old, in 12th grade, and be able to pass the Fire Academy physical. The course is taught as follows:

  • Firefighting I (Fall semester)
  • Firefighting II (Spring semester)

Note: Applications for this program are open for rising 12th grade students.

Program Type

Transport Program – Students participating in this program attend all core classes, non-CTE classes, and activities at their base school. A PWCS bus transports students between their base school and Prince William Fire Academy, returning in time to ride their regular bus home.

Program Location

Prince William Public Safety Training Center

Coordinator: Ms. Hodgson

Telephone: 703-365-2900


Information Meetings

November 16, 2022, 6:30 p.m. at Unity Reed HS

January 12, 2023, 6:30 p.m. at Unity Reed HS

Attendance Areas

All students in PWCS can apply to this program.