What is the Recruit Training Academy?
The Madison Fire Department Recruit Training Academy is a 16-week course designed to teach new firefighters and to challenge firefighters holding current State Certifications. During the Academy, recruits are taught the basics of firefighting and many advanced skills such as Smoke Divers, Advanced Rescue, Hazardous Materials Technician and Emergency Medical Technician. The Academy is physically and mentally challenging. Not all make it through to completion. The MFD Training Staff is committed to making the best new firefighters and making existing firefighters better.
How long is the Recruit Academy?
The Recruit Academy takes 16 weeks to complete. If you are not certified at the EMT-B level, an additional 4 weeks is needed to complete the academy.
Are new recruits paid while in the Recruit Academy?
Yes. For more information on salary and benefits visit any one of the following sites:
I've been a firefighter for XX years, do I still have to go to the Recruit Academy?
All new members of the Department are required to attend the Recruit Academy regardless of past years of firefighting experience. However, pending an assessment by the Training Division, some experienced firefighters may qualify for an abbreviated academy schedule.