Junior Fire Marshal Academy

Students ages 13-16 have the opportunity to do something exciting and educational with the Durham Fire Department. Annually, the Durham Fire Department presents the Junior Fire Marshal Program. The program is offered during the Durham Public School summer break and allows participants to explore careers in emergency services.
Child Dressed as Firefighter in the Junior Fire Marshal Program

The Jr. Fire Marshal Academy offers Durham youth an opportunity to experience aspects of a career in the fire service while learning safety tips such as how to evacuate their home in case of fire, how to extinguish fires, and what to do in case of fire.  The Durham Fire Department, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the N.C. Department of Insurance - Office of the State Fire Marshal team up annually to offer youth ages 13-16 a chance to learn about fire safety and various career options in the fire service. During the 4-day course, participants receive training including:

  • Emergency medical services instruction and blood pressure
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Fire inspection and fire investigation training
  • Fire rescue demonstrations
  • Hazardous materials training
  • Screening demonstrations

LESSONS LEARNED

During the 4-day academy, students participate in hands-on activities that will enhance their safety knowledge and potentially inspire a career in the fire service. Lessons include:

  • Team building
  • Firefighter skills
  • Emergency medical training
  • Community service
FF/Teen Spraying Hose

Time and Location


The program takes place during summer break (Durham Public Schools). Students attend daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pick-up and drop off each day takes place at:
Durham Fire Administration
2008 E Club Blvd
Durham, NC 27704

Students are requested to attend all four days of the program and should be active and engaged participants. The program is free of charge and lunch is provided daily. Applications must be submitted by a deadline for consideration. For information, email FireEducation@DurhamNC.gov or call 919-560-4233, extension 19223.