Citizen's Fire Academy

The Wichita Fire Department Citizens’ Fire Academy is dedicated to increasing public awareness by familiarizing and informing the citizens of Wichita, our customers, and associates, of the various divisions, duties, and responsibilities of the Fire Department.  Through education, demonstration, and participation, class members will better understand what we do, how we do it, and why.  After completing the program, participants will be able to use their knowledge to create a safer home and work environment as well as educate others about the Wichita Fire Department and the services it provides to the community. The Citizen’s Fire Academy is traditionally held every spring over the course of nine weeks, one night a week for two – three hours at our Regional Training Center. The ninth meeting is held at a City Council meeting on a Tuesday morning in City Hall, where participants gather to be recognized for completing the academy and will receive a certificate. 

Some of the topics you will learn about include: 

  • WFD History, introductions, overview of the Department 
  • Recruitment, what it takes to be a Firefighter, life of a firefighter
  • Dispatch (911) and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) 
  • Engine & Truck Company Operation
  • Special Operations - Heavy Rescue, Haz Mat Team, Vehicle Extrication
  • Fire Investigations
  • Community Risk Reduction Division
  • Medical Calls, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Kansas Firefighters Museum
  • So much more!

You must be 18 years of age and live within the city limits of Wichita. All applicants will need to pass a background check and sign a waiver releasing the City of Wichita of all liabilities while participating in the academy. There is no charge to participate. We take applications year-round. Once dates are confirmed at the beginning of each year, we will begin reaching out to confirm availability of applicants. To apply Click Here. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

Citizen's Fire Academy

Firefighters give members of the Citizens Fire Academy a tour of a fire station

Two firefighters training with the jaws of life to cut open a car open

A member of the Citizens Fire Academy gets help using a fire hose from a firefighter

Members of the Citizens Fire Academy watch a presentation about firefighters breathing equipment

K9 Buddy and his handler giving a presentation to a group of adults on how Buddy finds accelerants

Firefighters giving several people a tour of the Kansas Firefighters Museum

Firefighters and members of the Citizens Fire Academy pose in front of a fire truck