All newly hired firefighters at Medford Fire-Rescue are required to go through a firefighter recruit academy, varying in length depending on number of recruits. The academy is primarily based on the NFPA Firefighter I & II certification standards, Medford Fire-Rescue Performance Guidelines, Standard Operating Guidelines, and other reference sources. The time is broken down into training modules related to specific training areas. Seasoned firefighters that specialize in various topics volunteer to teach in the academy, so the recruits receive training from specialists in the different topic areas. The classes are held mainly at the training grounds, located behind Fire Station 4 at Table Rock Rd. & Berrydale Ave. with several off-site classes being conducted at various places around the City.
A portion of the academy is dedicated to emergency medical training. The recruits attend training and skills practice and evaluation specific to their EMT certification through the State of Oregon. At the completion of the academy, the recruits must pass a skills exam that evaluates their emergency medical skills.
Under the direction of Medford Fire-Rescue Peer Fitness Trainers, the recruits also participate in a very rigorous physical fitness program. This program involves many different strenuous activities that focus on building core body strength, as well as upper body and leg strength. Later in the academy, the recruits transition into doing many of these activities while wearing firefighting turnouts and airpacks, which develop critical air management skills required in firefighting activities.