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Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials


The Training Center for Fire & Hazardous Materials is located on the campus of The University of Akron and is a part of the College of Applied Science and Technology. We offer the only accredited Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Protection Technology in the State of Ohio, and the only Emergency Management Bachelor of Science degree in the state. In fact, our Emergency Management program is the only IFSAC Accredited Emergency Management degree in the United States.

Advanced Fire Training
Direct Delivery Courses
  • Fire Officer 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Forcible Entry
  • HazMat Technician
  • Health Safety Officer
  • Hoseline Management
  • Incident Safety Officer
  • Please contact Matt Claflin, 330-807-6078, for more information

Burn Building reservations

01 Burn-Building-800To schedule a reservation for the new Burn Building, contact Matt Claflin at 330-807-6078 or

Helpful links

Visit our Frequently-asked Questions (FAQ) page for a list of helpful links related to firefighting, homeland security, and emergency services.

Professional Development Classes

Spring, 2021

Summer, 2021

About the Center

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The Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials brings the University, government agencies and industries together into one comprehensive regional center to integrate educational programs; fire and hazardous materials training; and other related applications of fire and safety technology.

The Center coordinates seminars and workshops presented by federal, state and local agencies and other related organizations.

Training in all phases of hazardous materials containment, industrial fire brigade response and suppression, confined space entry, trench rescue and first aid. In addition, emergency management contingency planning and domestic terrorism preparedness have recently been included.

Fire Academy Courses

Spring, 2021

Summer, 2021

Postsecondary Programs

Four Cities Educational Compact

  • Barberton
  • Wadsworth
  • Copley
  • Norton

Portage Lakes Career Center

  • Green
  • Manchester
  • Coventry
  • Springfield
Contact information

Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials
The Polsky Building 309
Akron, OH 44325-4304
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Dennis Ragins
Director of Training
Polsky 316

Matt Claflin
Educational Contact
Polsky 309

Kathy Shaffer
Dept. Safety Program Specialist