Doña Ana County



EMS/Fire Training Captain is responsible for providing initial and refresher training courses for the volunteer and career firefighters of Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services. The centrally located Resource and Training Facility offers a variety of classes year-round to our responders. The Training Division also coordinates training activities with other agencies and the New Mexico Firefighter’s Training Academy.

Due to resources and instruction academy will be at max enrollment with 16 firefighter cadets. Deadline for FFA# 26 is February 21 and August 15 for FFA# 27. Placement in the course is as applications are receive.
For Dona Ana County Fire Staff: must complete active status including background prior to starting a fire academy.

Firefighter Academy 26 Dona Ana County Fire & Emergency Services Basic Fire Training Academy Schedule Firefighter Academy 26 Start Date is February 29 to April 4 of 2020.
The academy will run Saturdays and Sundays both days from 0800 to 1700 with an hour lunch.
Scheduled training is 88 hours.

Firefighter Academy 27 (Tentative) Start Date August 22 to September 29 of 2020.
The academy will run Saturdays 0800 to 1700 with an hour lunch. Tuesdays & Thursdays 1830 to 2200.
Scheduled training is 86 hours.

New Mexico Firefighter Training Academy

*Please remember to complete the Application for the HazMat A & O at the New Mexico Fire Academy website at

Online Training Opportunities


Doña Ana County Firefighter I Academy

All new volunteer firefighters who are not already certified must attend the Doña Ana County Firefighter I Academy. The academy was implemented in 2010 to ensure that all responders engaging on emergency scenes in the county were properly trained in order to perform their duties. Prior to the inception of the academy, members had to travel out of town to attend training sessions. The academy runs seven consecutive weeks, usually two weekday nights and a Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday. Academies are offered several times a year based on current training needs, and participants receive entry level firefighter training in accordance with NFPA 1001, the Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Academy classes are presented in a lecture based format along with hands-on activities and practical skills. Topics include the History of the Fire Service, Fire Department Communications, the Incident Command System, Fire Behavior, Firefighter Safety, Firefighter Tools and Equipment, Search and Rescue, Fire Attack, and many more. Participants are challenged physically and mentally throughout the academy to prepare them for the exciting position of Volunteer Firefighter!

At the conclusion of the academy, successful participants will receive Doña Ana County Firefighter I certification which will enable them to begin responding to emergencies and serves as a prerequisite for advanced training such as Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, IFSAC Firefighter I and II, Vehicle Extrication, Driver/Operator, and many others. There is no limit to the amount of training a volunteer firefighter can receive, and it often paves the way to obtaining a position as a career firefighter with Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services!