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Virginia Fire Marshal Academy

Contact Information

Robert Bailey
Division Chief


1005 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059-4500
Phone Number: 804-249-1956
Fax: 804-371-3407

Wayne Baber
  Deputy Chief Recertification)


Naomi Mottley
  Administrative Specialist II


J. D. Jenkins
  Pub Ed Coordinator


About the Division

Fighting to prevent and investigate the devastating effects of fire, fire marshals serve as the law and code enforcement arm of the fire service. After receiving extensive training, fire inspectors and investigators are responsible for fire prevention, inspections and investigations. The Virginia Fire Marshal Academy recruits instructors to teach these extensive programs and organizes training classes that are held throughout the Commonwealth.

Testing and Attendance Policies for the Virginia Fire Service Community

Student Guide to Testing and Attendance

VFMA Courses

VFMA Course Descriptions
VFMA Application Form
VFMA Course Request Form
VFMA Roll Call Sheet
Civilian Entry Instructions and Study Guide Updated 06/2013

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Fire Marshal Academy at 804-249-1956 for more information.

Recertification Information

NFPA 1031-1033 Recertification Requirements

Department of Housing and Community Development –
Virginia Chapter – International Association of Arson Investigators –
Virginia Fire Prevention Association –

All Students requesting retest must contact the VFMA office directly at 804.249.1956

*Please Note* - As of January 1, 2008 all students are required to complete a Criminal History check either through your local jurisdiction or through the Virginia State Police online form (SP-230). Click here to complete VSP Form. If you have already completed a criminal history check with your department with in the last 2 years, a letter from the department for our file will suffice.

VFMA School Schedule

    Please note starting:
  • July 1st, 1033 Fire Investigator will be extending the hours from 3 weeks (120 hours) to 4 weeks (160 hours).
  • June 1st 1031 Fire Inspector will be extending the hours from 3 weeks (120 hours) to 4 weeks (160 hours).
School Start End Location
Law Enforcement School 04/07/2014 06/13/2014 Fort AP Hill
1035 Public Educator 1 ~Please note Class is Canceled 04/12/2014 04/19/2014 Caroline County
1031 Fire Inspector 04/14/2014 05/09/2014 Richmond
1031 Fire Inspector
Please note location change
06/02/2014 06/26/2014 Charlottesville
1035 Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist 1 06/26/2014 06/27/2014 King George
1033 Fire Investigator
Please note location change
07/07/2014 08/01/2014 Waynesboro
1031 Fire Inspector
Please note location change
07/21/2014 08/14/2014 Roanoke
1035 Public Educator 1 07/26/2014 07/30/2014 VDFP
1035 Public Educator 1 08/07/2014 08/10/2014 Marion
1033 Fire Investigator
Please note location change
08/18/2014 09/12/2014 Loudoun
1035 Public Educator 1 09/15/2014 09/17/2014 Stafford
1031 Fire Inspector
Please note location change
09/15/2014 10/09/2014 Fairfax
1033 Fire Investigator 10/06/2014 10/31/2014 Richmond
1035 Public Educator II TBA Fairfax City

Recertification Opportunities


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Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014