University of Akron Fire training center


Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials


Bachelor degree

Emergency Management & Homeland Security Bachelor of Science degree

  • Only university in the United States to offer this IFSAC accrediated degree

Associate degree

Fire Protection Technology Associate of Applied Science degree

  • Only university in Ohio to offer this accredited degree
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
Fire Training & Projects Coordinator
Polsky 309

Kathy Shaffer
Dept. Safety Program Specialist

Fire Academy Courses

Fall, 2022

Professional Development Classes
Advanced Fire Training
Advanced Fire Training Packages
  • Forcible Entry
  • Search and Rescue
  • Hoseline Advancement
  • "No Truck, Truck Company"
  • Tactics and Strategy
  • Emotional Intelligence for Company Officers
Direct Delivery Courses
  • Fire Officer 1, 2, 3, 4
  • HazMat Technician
  • Health Safety Officer
  • Incident Safety Officer
  • Please contact Matt Claflin,, for more information
Postsecondary (HS) programs

Four Cities Educational Compact

  • Barberton
  • Wadsworth
  • Copley
  • Norton
Fire Academy FAQs
  1. What certification will I have when I’m done?
    • Students completing all of the class requirements and passing the State of Ohio Firefighter 1 and 2 exam will be certified at the highest level the state offers.
  2. Will I need to provide my own firefighter protective gear?
    • Students sponsored by area departments may be given their own gear to wear.
    • Students not affiliated with a department will be able to rent all of the protective gear from our 3rd party supplier.
  3. What are the physical requirements?
    • Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation. We require a physical screening from the students doctor prior to class.
    • It is also recommended that the student engage in cardiovascular and strength training before, during and after their academy.
    • Our academies have group PT. (COVID-19 Update: Due to local and state requirements group PT may be suspended or conducted in a manner compliant with those requirements)
  4. Where is the class held?
    • We offer the unique experience of holding class at actual fire departments throughout the area.
    • The lead instructor will put out a schedule detailing the location of every class.
    • (COVID-19 Update: Due to recommended best practices class will be held virtually when applicable.)
  5. Can I turn this into a degree?
  6. What is the cost of the training?
    • Current tuition rates are $3900 for the academy, plus a $600 gear rental fee if needed.
    • We offer a payment plan for those that need it.
    • Please email Matt Claflin at for more details or questions.

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