Fire Chief Darryl Kerley announced today that the Oak Ridge Fire Department is hosting the Tennessee Fire Academy – Fire Officer I & II class in Oak Ridge. This is a 4 week, 120 hour class, taught over a 3 month period where the students attend class 8 hours a day 4 days a week and complete nightly homework assignments. The class began the first week of January and will end the last week of March.

There are 18 firefighters from Oak Ridge Fire Department and 5 from the City of Athens Fire Department attending class, which prepares firefighters to become Company Officers. Upon completion of the 120 hours of training and 17 homework assignments, the candidates shall demonstrate their knowledge, skills and ability, through written and practical examinations administrator by the Tennessee Commission on Fire Fighting. The Officer Candidates must demonstrate the performance objectives of the National Fire Protection Association 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.

Although this is a State Fire Academy class, additional areas of specialized study are being introduced to assist in the professional development of the firefighters. This includes presentations by City department heads, community leaders and news media guest as the students study the overall operation of City government.

The class meets the training objectives detailed in the Fire Department 2011 Strategic Plan and Mission statement to provide professional development for our company officers. This class and a Fire Commission Certification as Fire Officer I are required for officer promotion in the Oak Ridge Fire Department.

For additional information contact: Fire Chief Darryl Kerley 865-755-6356; visit the city’s website at

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