Students are introduced to the equipment and procedures necessary to fight live fires, operate in simulated hazardous-materials incidents, and conduct search-and-rescue operations. Students react to multi-faceted situations (e.g., caused by simulated terrorism, accidents, and natural disasters) as part of an emergency-response team. Students become familiar with emerging technologies such as communications software (e.g., dispatch systems, GIS, mapping systems, incident reporting, and simulation programs), multimedia inputs, thermal imaging cameras, and hazardous gas detectors. Students acquire teamwork, critical-thinking, public-speaking, research, report-writing, and incident-management skills. This course challenges students academically, mentally, and physically.

Courses, Credit and Certifications

High School Credit

Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.


Virginia Department of Fire Programs Firefighter II; Hazardous Materials

Dual Enrollment Credit

The Firefighting program is dual enrolled with Central Virginia Community College and Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program will receive 14 college credits towards an Associates Degree in Fire Science Technology.

Class State Code Duration Grades Dual Enrollment Credential(s) AM or PM
Firefighting I & II 8705
1 year Age 16 or older by start of school CVCC – 12 credits

PVCC – 2 credits

Please See Below* AM Only

Students successfully completing the Firefighting program may receive college credit for the courses listed below.

College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
FST110 Fire Behavior & Combustion 3 CVCC
FST115 Fire Prevention 3 CVCC
FST235 Strategy and Tactics 3 CVCC
FST121 Principal of Fire & Emergency Services 3 CVCC
HLT100 First Aid/CPR 2 PVCC
  • VDPF Firefighter I
  • VDPF Firefighter II
  • VDPF Hazardous Materials Operations
  • CPR
  • Basic First Aid
  • VDPF Agency Overview
  • VDPF Active Gun Shooter for First Responders
  • VDPF Introduction to Technical Rescue
  • Highway Safety During Incidents for First Responders – Required by summer of 2017
  • FEM 100 – Introduction to Incident Command
  • FEMA 200 – ICS for Single Response and Initial Action Incidents
  • FEMA 700 – National Incident Management System
  • FEMA 800 – Nation Response Framework an Introduction
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction through Texas A & M
  • Responding to Vehicle fires
  • Bloodbourne Pathogen – Required by Albemarle County to be a Volunteer
  • FST 110 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3 College Credits – Reynolds Community College
  • FST 121 Principal of Fire Emergency Servers 3 College Credits – Reynolds Community College

Education Pathways

Germanna Community College

  • Fire Science Technology, A.A.S.
  • Fire Science Technology (Certificate)

Piedmont Virginia Community College

  • EMS-Advanced
  • EMS-Intermediate
  • EMS-Paramedic (Career Studies Certificate)

Reynolds Community College

  • Fire Science Technology, A.A.S.

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, B.A.

Career Pathways

  • Career Opportunity: Firefighter
    Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster.
  • National Wage Average: $45,970.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $44,700.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +14.1%
  • Career Opportunity: Arson Investigators
    Collects evidence, eyewitness accounts & other information to determine what might have caused the fire; furthermore, who might be responsible.
  • National Wage Average: $56,730.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $54,890.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia:
  • Career Opportunity: Forestry Fire Prevention Specialists
    Work in the forest inspecting for potential fire hazards, enforcing fire regulations; such as, appropriate permits or “burn times” & instituting control measures when it appears a fire is eminent.
  • National Wage Average: $36,650.00
  • Virginia Wage Average:
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia:

Captain Bobby Elliott

Instructor: Captain Bobby Elliot

Mr. Elliott is a retired Fire Captain with the City of Charlottesville with 27 years of service.  He is a Life Member of the Fluvanna County Fire Department with 20 years of service.  He has taught at CATEC for 14 years.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, an Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology and certifications as Virginia Department of Fire Programs Fire Instructor III, Virginia Department of Fire Programs Fire Officer III Commonwealth of Virginia, and a Technical Professional License in Firefighting. Mr. Elliott’s program dual enrolls with J Sargeant Reynolds Community College.