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Elk River Fire Academy

In 2014, the Elk River Fire Department embarked on a journey to change the way in which we prepare new firefighters. Modeled after other successful academy-style recruit programs, we developed a fire academy program that mentally, physically, and tactically prepares our firefighters for their future in the fire service. This includes traditional NFPA 1001 classroom and hands-on training. We also cover topics such as pride and honor, local governance, emergency management, and communications using the Minnesota ARMER system. The academy is a formal program that focuses heavily on accountability, leadership, and professionalism. To date, we have graduated 26 firefighters from the academy and have achieved a 100% passing rate on certification testing. We have graduated recruits from Albertville Fire, Elk River Fire, N.E. Sherburne Fire & Rescue, and Zimmerman/Livonia Fire District.

Our instructors are experienced fire service professionals. We monitor every recruit closely to ensure they have the help they need to succeed in the program and, more importantly, as future fire service professionals. The goal is to graduate firefighters that will carry forward the tradition of excellence of the fire service. The investment we make into a firefighter is significant and, as such, our instructors monitor performance throughout the academy. This is done through formal written and skills testing as well as regular individual performance evaluations. Department training officers are kept up-to-date about a recruit’s progress throughout the academy.