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 11th or 12th grade, and be able to pass the Fire Academy physical. The course is taught as follows:

  • Firefighting I
  • Firefighting II 

Note: Applications for this program are open for rising 11th and 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

Unity Reed High School (Instruction) and Prince William Public Safety Training Center (Skills)

Coordinator: Ms. Hodgson

Telephone: 703-365-2900

Email: [email protected]

Information Meetings

November 15, 2023, 6:30 p.m. at Unity Reed HS

January 10, 2024, 6:30 p.m. at Unity Reed HS

Attendance Areas

All students in PWCS can apply to this program.