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The Arkansas Fire Training Academy serves as a resource for the Arkansas Fire Service and related organizations by providing professional education and training in firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services. This education and training employs the practices and standards established by state and national authorities as well as state-of-the-art techniques of fire service management through equipment and safety training.

The Arkansas Fire Training Academy is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (NPQS or Pro-Board) to certify personnel to the Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Driver/Operator, Hazardous Materials-Awareness, Hazardous Materials-Operations, Instructor I and Fire Officer I & II levels. It is also accredited by the Arkansas Department of Health to certify personnel to the Emergency Medical Technician Basic Level.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Arkansas Fire Training Academy is to provide quality training to the Arkansas Fire Service in an effective and efficient manner. The Academy is committed to providing quality training programs to fire service personnel throughout the state using various technologies and methodologies to meet the needs of the fire service. The Academy is also committed to certifying fire service personnel throughout the state who meet the certification requirements of the applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Professional Qualification for Fire Service Personnel. In addition, the Academy shall support fire departments by maintaining the state’s National Fire Incident Reporting System thereby allowing participating departments to become eligible to receive specific federal grants. Within its resources, the Academy will accomplish its mission by offering on-campus training and certification services and off-campus training and certification services by direct deliveries, regional deliveries, and alternative delivery methodologies through support services.


Formal firefighter training in Arkansas has a fifty to sixty-year history. In the early forties, fire training was conducted through the Arkansas Fire College, and with no home base, the instructors traveled to Arkansas providing training for the state's firefighters. The Arkansas Fire Training Academy was formally established in 1967 as a training division of Southwest Technical Institute (later to be known as Southern Arkansas University Tech or SAU Tech). The offices and training site were located on SAU Tech's campus in the Highland Industrial park which is the former site of the Shumaker US Naval Ammunition Depot. The administrative offices for the Arkansas Fire Training Academy were located in the former fire station for the US Naval base. The location served as the Arkansas Fire Training Academy administrative offices, primary classrooms, and central training location until Phase I construction of the off-campus training site was completed in 1973. In June 2004, the administrative offices for the Arkansas Fire Training Academy were moved out to the main site located within the Highland Park area. After damage by a tornado in 2009, the site was rebuilt to include a model fire station that provides "real world simulation training" for rookie firefighters.


For more information on on-campus AFTA training courses, contact Janet Covington at 870-574-1521 or by email at jcovingt@sautech.edu.

 Course Name Start Date End Date
First Responder02/27/202203/04/2022
FF Standards03/07/202204/22/2022
Driver Operator03/07/202203/18/2022
First Responder04/17/202204/22/2022
FF Standards04/25/202206/10/2022
Driver Operator04/25/202205/06/2022
Arson Investigation05/09/202205/20/2022
Instructor I06/13/202206/17/2022
Driver Operator06/13/202206/24/2022
Instructor II07/11/202207/15/2022
Officer III08/01/202208/05/2022
First Responder08/14/202208/19/2022
FF Standards08/22/202210/07/2022
Arson Investigation09/12/202209/23/2022
First Responder10/09/202210/14/2022
Driver Operator10/10/202210/21/2022
FF Standards10/17/202212/02/2022
Driver Operator12/05/202212/16/2022
 Course Name Start Date End Date


Please contact the Arkansas Fire Training Academy at 870-574-1521 for a list of classes.


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