Training for the Public
Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department does not offer fire and rescue training to the public.
- For information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes, please contact the American Red Cross.
- For information on Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) classes, please contact the Western Virginia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council.
- For community outreach designed for adults and children, see our Public Education page.
Training for Our Personnel
Career personnel participate in two days per month of scheduled mandatory training. These courses are designed to enhance or refresh their skills in addition to providing the required classes needed to maintain their certification levels.
Volunteer fire personnel are offered one Volunteer Fire Academy each fiscal year that begins in September and culminates with a graduation ceremony in March. Completion of this academy certifies the individual for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazmat Operations, and Mayday levels of training. Volunteer EMS personnel can obtain initial EMT/B certification through the Western Virginia EMS Council.
Roanoke Valley Regional Fire-EMS Training Center
The Roanoke Valley Regional Valley Fire-EMS Training Center was dedicated in September 2000 as a partnership between the County of Roanoke, City of Roanoke, City of Salem, and Town of Vinton. The 2000 dedication was the beginning of a valley-wide partnership that brought firefighters together from across four jurisdictions for training on a regular basis. Since then, the localities have established a regional hiring process that streamlines the pre-screening testing and allows applicants to complete one process no matter how many jurisdictions they are applying with.
For address, contact information, and directions go to Facilities.