CFPD provides an annual Fire Academy for future firefighters for Cadets from Rico Fire, Dolores Fire, Lewis-Arriola Fire, Pleasant View Fire, Mancos Fire, West Fork Fire and Cortez Fire.
This programs includes months of intense instruction in firefighter training and certification. This program promotes dedication, professionalism, integrity, respect, and enthusiasm toward themselves, their fellow firefighters and their communities. The number one priority of the Academy instruction is Safety, safety, safety. Sections of the Academy include HazMat Operations, FireFighter I, and Wildland.
These classes meet weekly for numerous in-class instruction, skills training and testing, burn tower training, a final State of Colorado test and graduation for a successful completion of the Academy. Maintaining an 80% overall grade average is required to pass the Academy. Sections of the Academy classes are rotated monthly between the different Fire Stations from the above Fire Districts.