Citizen’s Fire Academy

What is CFA?

  • The Citizen’s Fire Academy (CFA) is a community outreach that provides an overview of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department (BFRS), its divisions, and how each functions in different areas of the fire service
  • CFA emphasizes the role citizens can play in fire/accident prevention efforts taught by firefighters who work in those areas of the department

Who can attend?

Any citizen, 19 years old or older who lives in the City of Birmingham or works for the City of Birmingham is eligible.

Where/when are classes held?

Classes are held at least twice per year (Spring/Fall) at the City of Birmingham’s Fitness Center West (4712 Avenue W, Ensley). Classes normally will be Tuesday evenings with the possible exception of a Saturday during the course.

Why should you attend?

  • You will learn more about what the BFRS does and how it works
  • You will also learn how to make your home, workplace, and community safer

Have you ever wondered…

  • How are emergency calls dispatched?
  • Why do fire engines show up when someone called for an ambulance?
  • Why are multiple fire engines sent to car accidents or fires?
  • How can you make your family, home or business safer?

…find out this, and more!

CFA is fun….

You will have an opportunity to experience and witness exciting things such as…

  • Extinguishing a fire with a fire extinguisher
  • Riding out to emergency calls on a fire engine
  • Spraying water from a fire hose
  • Wearing fire gear and going into a smoky building
  • Demonstrations of EMS, fire engines, rescue team, and HAZMAT team

How do you apply?

Email your contact information to: or call: 205-250-7525.

NOTE: If it happens that you are not accepted in the class for which you apply, your name will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted for the next available class.