Department of Fire Rescue  |  Fire & EMS Training

Training Division

The Training Division is responsible for assisting Albemarle County Fire Rescue's volunteer and career personnel as well as local departments in improving the levels of education and training standards for firefighters and emergency responders.

The Division manages a program of training and certification for over 500 personnel in Albemarle County. The program involves developing standards for training, testing and certifying at all levels including; firefighting, emergency medical services, fire department management, and specialties including apparatus operator, hazardous materials, and technical rescue. The Division also administers the quality assurance & quality improvement program for our career personnel, as well as overseeing their release to function at emergency incidents.

Our staff includes:

We encourage you to visit our course registration page and read the FAQs below for answers to common questions. If you have any questions, or need to reach us for any reason, please feel free to use the contact information above or call 434-296-5833. 



 Members of the Training Division's classes gain valuable knowledge while creating lasting bonds.



Course Offerings and Registration

Fire Rescue offers year round training courses for our volunteer and career personnel, as well as firefighters and medics from outside localities. Some of the classes listed on our registration page are even open to the general public, such as CPR and EMT courses.

Please note the following guidelines when registering for classes:

  • ALL applicants outside of Albemarle County's stations are automatically waitlisted in the order received until registration is closed.
  • All Albemarle County stations are granted two automatic spots in any course.
  • Stations with more than two applicants are placed on the waitlist on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Registration for classes closes a week before the start date.
  • Once registration is closed, all applicants will receive an email notification of their enrollment status.
  • Pay close attention to the prerequisites for your chosen course, any applicants not meeting the requirements will be dismissed from class.
  • For more information on class offerings and registration information, contact Tara Yoder at  

We encourage you to visit our Course Registration page to see upcoming courses and to register. We update our offerings several times a year so come back often!


***Any member of an Albemarle County station receives trainings and continuing education free of charge so look into becoming a volunteer!***



Course Payments

Paying for classes is as simple as going to our Online Payment site and using the "To pay all other transactions click here" link.

Once you accept the terms and conditions, select "Trainings" in the dropdown box.

Please make sure to put your name and the class you are paying for the in the "Notes/Details" box so we know who to give credit to!

You can also send a check made out to "The County of Albemarle" to:

Tara Yoder - ACFR
460 Stagecoach Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22902




Donating Your Structure to Fire Rescue 

More than half of all 911 calls responded to by the American fire service are medical emergencies; less than 10 percent involved actual fires. Given those statistics, rigorous medical training has become a mainstay, but fewer fires means many firefighters do not receive the same level of training on actual firefighting. Although the decrease in fires and fire deaths is a true testament to the progress we have made, we still need hands-on training to learn proper firefighting techniques and to keep ourselves as safe as possible on scene. Conducting live fire training in an acquired or donated structure is a vital element in ensuring the readiness of local first responders.

If you have a structure you would like to donate to Albemarle County Fire Rescue for training purposes, feel free to take a look at the Aquired Structure document for more detailed information on the process. If after reading through the document you feel like donating your structure is the right choice or you have further questions, you can reach out to Captain Drew Knick at or 434-296-5833 and thank you for your support. Your donation makes a real and marked difference.




Who can attend Albemarle County Fire Rescue's Trainings? 

Our classes are geared towards our internal volunteers and career personnel, however, any extra spots left on the roster are open to firefigher/medics of other localities. A few of our classes, such as CPR and EMT classes, are open to the general public. More information can be found by clicking on the class name on the course registration site.

Is there a fee for your classes?

All Albemarle County Fire Rescue members receive training free of charge. Anyone outside of our county will be charged for the class. Fees range and can be found in the information when registering for a class. 

How often do you hold classes?

We generally hold classes in semester form. Our larger, longer classes begin in Spring with another round in the Fall. There are other classes scattered in between the Spring and Fall semesters as well. We recommend checking the schedule especially around the beginning of the year and in the summer as new classes are posted around that time. 

How does registration work for ACFR volunteers? 

All potential students must register through our course registration site. Once you have completed the application, your station will be required to approve your application before being fully enrolled. All stations are given two automatic spots, after those are filled all other applicants will be waitlisted in the order received. Once registration closes one week before the start of class, all applicants will be notified of their enrollment status.

How does registration work for residents and those not affilited with Albemarle County Fire Rescue?

All potential students must register through our course registration site. Once you have completed the application, you will be automatically waitlisted in the order received. Once registration closes one week before the start of class, all applicants will be notified of their enrollment status.

I'm a volunteer, do I have to pay for classes?

No, volunteers receive training and continuing education classes free of charge. Not yet a member? Click here to find out more about joining!

Who do I talk to about general training questions?

You can contact Tara Yoder at or 434-296-5833 for general questions and to be connected to any of our other staff members.

 When is Regional School and what is it?

Once a year Albemarle County holds a Regional School, generally at the end of March. The classes vary from year to year and consist of classes for medics/EMTs as well as volunteer and career firefighters. There is a nominal fee as our event is geared towards welcoming non-county residents to Albemarle County and to network with your fellow firefighters and medics. The event registration opens early in the year, generally in January. Keep an eye out on this page for more details!

Contact the Department
Fire Rescue
460 Stagecoach Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-972-4123
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