Roanoke Valley Regional Fire-EMS Academy

The Roanoke Valley Reginal Fire-EMS Recruit School is a partnership between Roanoke Fire-EMS, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue, Salem Fire & EMS, and Botetourt Fire & EMS. Approximately 19 weeks of school teaches the cadet the basics of fire-EMS, including but not limited to:

  • Firefighter I & II

  • Emergency Medical Technician- Basic (EMT-B)

  • Intro to Technical Rescue

  • HAZMAT Awareness

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC)

Cadets with a previous Virginia (Or National) EMS certification will progress through a condensed academy. This academy is approximately 13 weeks of instruction and hands on learning, including EMS ride-alongs. 


All cadets must complete ride-alongs 


Each recruit school produces a video shown at the academies graduation highlighting their experiences. Below is a video from our most recent academy, Recruit School #26.