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University of Akron Fire training center


Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials


Professional development

Fire Officer I & II, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications

  • Begins June 2, 2021
  • 100% online

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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, 2021

Advanced Fire Training
Professional Development Classes

Fall, 2021

Burn Building reservations

Burn-Building on the UA campus in the fire training programTo schedule a reservation for the Burn Building, email Matt Claflin.

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

Portage Lakes Career Center

  • Green
  • Manchester
  • Coventry
  • Springfield

UA Burn Building for the Fire and Hazardous materials training centerABOUT THE TRAINING CENTER

The Center 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.

Located on The University of Akron campus, the Center is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, and coordinates seminars and workshops presented by federal, state and local agencies and other related organizations.

To learn more about specific fields in firefighting, homeland security, and emergency services see our list of helpful resources.

UA provides training in all phases of:

  • Hazardous materials containment,
  • Industrial fire brigade response and suppression,
  • Confined space entry,
  • Trench rescue and first aid
  • Emergency management contingency planning
  • Domestic terrorism preparedness