Press Release

Alexandria Fire Department Accepting Applications for Community Fire Academy This Fall

Deadline to apply is Sept. 2

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Alexandria Fire Department is now accepting applications for its fall 2022 Community Fire Academy. This program is offered free of charge and is open to City residents ages 18 and over, those who work in the City, and owners of businesses located in the City. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 2.

The Community Fire Academy educates community members about fire safety and emergency medical response, as well as the history, administration, operations and apparatus of an urban public safety agency. The goal of the Academy is to build partnerships within the community by helping participants understand how the fire department works, and to encourage volunteering within the community.

Through hands-on demonstrations, participants will have an opportunity to experience a “day in the life” as a firefighter/paramedic. They will learn skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to stretch a hose line, ladder operations and how an engine and truck operate. Other topics include EMS, Finance, Fire Investigations, Special Operations, Emergency Management and Human Resources.

The Academy will take place every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fall 2022 session will begin on September 22 and end with a graduation ceremony for participants on November 17. Visit to learn more about the Community Fire Academy and to apply.

The session will be held at Alexandria Fire Station 210 at 5255 Eisenhower Ave.

For questions about the Community Fire Academy, email Community Outreach Coordinator Firefighter Ashley Whisonant at

This story has been updated.

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