Operations Fire Academy
The Fire Academy focuses on all areas of employee development, beginning with initial fire training and continuing along a specified career path. Additional in-service training programs and continuing education opportunities are also provided.

The Fire Academy's facilities include a burn building, training tower, apparatus building, drafting pit, low speed driving course and classrooms. An expansion project, funded through the voter-approved 2009 SPLOST sales tax, is currently underway to include a three-bay storage building for fire apparatus and a training pavilion. The sales tax also funded a two-story 35,000 square-foot education building that opened in October of 2015. These facilities allow for a variety of training courses in both classroom settings and practical situations. The staff maintains the department's standard of service excellence and strives to achieve the highest criteria of training and education to better serve the citizens of Gwinnett County.
Firefighter/Paramedic Trainee
After being hired the new recruit will begin a 16-month fire/paramedic training program. The classes will take place Monday through Friday from 0700-1600. The clinical schedule will vary by location and will be 8, 12, 16, or 24-hour shifts. The first 16 weeks will be EMT class, which will consist of basic EMS skills and testing with clinical rotations on Gwinnett County Med Units and hospital rotations. The EMT class will conclude with the National Registry EMT Test. The next 33-34 weeks will be paramedic class. Paramedic school will consist of more advanced skills and knowledge, as well as more clinicals at a variety of different locations. This class will conclude with the National Registry Paramedic Test. The last 16 weeks will be fire school. Fire school is a physically and mentally challenging class. It will consist of both classroom work and hands-on training with a variety of fire suppression equipment, extrication tools, and skills needed to become a Gwinnett County Firefighter.