- About the Academy -
One hundred years ago, Brick Township was little more than overgrown pine forest…today it is a thriving community. In fact, it's one of the fastest-growing communities in New Jersey. Many businesses, small and large, plus major shopping centers, have sprung up in the Township.
To keep in pace with this progressive, fast-growing municipality, the Fire Commissioners have instituted several facility upgrades at the Fire Training Academy, and have plans for many more.
Brick Township hosts one of the three state-approved fire training facilities in Ocean County. Due to State mandates and firefighter safety considerations, township firefighters must pass a NJ State Level 1 Firefighter Course consisting of 128 Hrs. of introductory training. This training is conducted by local firefighters who are State Certified Fire Instructors. This "Firefighter Level 1" course is held annually at the Training Center. Additionally, many advanced and specialty courses are held at the Training Center each semester, as well as State mandated annual training.
Situated on some 30 acres in the northern section of the Township, the Fire Training Academy allows organized training evolutions to be accomplished with a minimum of manpower down time, allowing Brick and surrounding communities' firefighters to meet or exceed current training standards and keep up with the latest technology.
Almost every possible firefighting situation can be duplicated at the training center. The current four-story burn building has been retrofitted with propane-fueled fire simulators and a smoke maze and live fire have been installed to allow for efficient and environmentally safe training evolutions.
A 60-student classroom is the most recent addition to the training facility. This classroom facility is used to host formal sessions of training where firefighters are instructed in the most modern techniques of firefighting and the use of special equipment. This facility is owned and operated by the Joint Board of Fire Commissioners to provide joint and cooperative training throughout the Township.