Greater St. Louis County Fire Academy
1266 Sutter Avenue, Wellston, MO 63133
Phone:  314-889-8670 - Fax:  314-889-8680
The Greater St. Louis County Fire Academy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational corporation, which
contracts with the St. Louis County Fire Standards Commission to provide firefighter training for St. Louis
County. The St. Louis County Fire Standards Commission maintains the waiting list, determines when
applications are released, and sets the minimum standards. For admissions information, please go to the
Application Process page within this web site.   

We currently hold three (3) classes a year with 30 students in each class.  Each class is a combination of New
Hires from St. Louis County fire agencies and Self-Sponsored students.  If we have 10 New Hires needing to
be rostered for a class, the balance of the seats, 20, would be filled with Self-Sponsored students.

Classes are hold Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with a few exceptions.

Each class runs 12 weeks in length.

Tuition is currently $4,000.00 per recruit.  However, there is no guarantee this rate will be in effect at the
time you would attend a class.

Tuition is always due,
in full, two (2) weeks prior to the first day of class.  The Academy does not offer any
type of payment plan.
After class commences, there is NO refund of tuition if a recruit fails to complete
the training program for any reason including excessive absences due to illness or injury, personal
reasons, or if dismissed by the Academy for good cause shown.  If a recruit repeats a class for any
reason, the full tuition in effect at that time is applicable.

Payment may be made with a credit/debit card (Mastercard, Visa, or Discover) or cashier's check. Card
payments can be made over the phone.  Personal checks and cash are
NOT accepted.  Please call in advance
to ensure someone is in the office to accept your payment.

A 2.5% service fee is charged for all credit card payments.  (The fee for a $4,000.00 tuition payment would
be $100.00.)  There is no fee if you use a Debit/Check card.

The St. Louis County Fire Academy has a Scholarship and Education Fund available for eligible applicants.
Please see the attached
Scholarship Announcement and Application Form. Please call
Betty Stoecklin at 314-889-8670 for further information.

The Fire Academy has been approved for G.I. Bill benefits effective July 7, 2013.  To apply for benefits,
please go to  If you have never used the benefit before, submit VA Form 22-1990.  If
you have previously used the benefit, submit VA Form 22-1995.  Once your application is approved, you
will receive an Award letter.  This letter must be turned in to the Academy so that we can submit the
necessary paperwork.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Betty Stoecklin at 314-889-8670.

Please see the attached information regarding
G.I. Bill Benefits.
The following items are not included in the tuition and must be provided by the recruit:
  • Turnout gear that meets NFPA Standards. Employed recruits should check with their training
    officer to confirm compliance and proper labeling of issued gear. Recruits attending as a private
    student may furnish new or used equipment as long as it is fully serviceable and in compliance with
    applicable NFPA Standards.  (Below is a list of distributors of turnout gear.) (Approximate cost:  
  • Black leather belt with a silver metal buckle
  • Black polishable duty boots or black polishable plain-toe oxfords (no black athletic shoe of any type)
  • White cotton crew neck t-shirts
  • Black dress socks (no ankle or no-show socks)
  • Athletic type shoes and white socks suitable for running and other physical training activities
  • Medical insurance coverage

Effective September 12, 2005, State (Missouri Division of Fire Safety) Firefighter I and II and
Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certifications are required for successful completion of
St. Louis County Fire Standards Commission Basic Firefighter Training Program.  This includes the
written and practical exams for Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous
Materials Operations. These tests are in addition to the St. Louis County Fire Academy's written and
practical exams.
Turnout Gear Distributors

TurnoutRental is pleased to offer a complete rental ensemble to students attending the
St. Louis County Fire Academy.  Order securely online at  Use School
STLCOFA to receive a 5% discount off the gear rental and a 50% discount off the security
deposit.  To order by phone, call 1-866-887-6688.  Questions?  Need help measuring?  Please visit
the Web site for answers to frequently asked questions; email at or call

Colt Safety, Inc.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00
Contact:  Jim Mixco
8300 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63144
Click here to go to Colt Safety's website

Banner Fire Equipment, Inc.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30
Contact:  Don Bogner
4601 Hedge Road
Roxana, IL 62024
Click here to go to Banner's website

Vallen Safety Supply Company
Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30
Contact:  Jim Phipps
841 Remington Blvd.
Bolling Brook, IL 60440
Click here to go to Vallen's website

Sentinel Emergency Solutions                                                              
Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30                                                        
Contact:  Corey
23 Grandview Park
Arnold, MO 63010
502 South Richland
Freeburg, IL 62243
Click here to go to Sentinel's website  

Schuhmacher Fire Equipment, Inc.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 5:00
Contact:  Joel Menke
308 East 8th Street
Washington, MO 63090
Click here to go to Schuhmacher's website

Leo M. Ellebracht Company
Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00 *
(* Appointments available on weekends)
Contact:  Therese DeWald
1000 Corporate Parkway, Suite 101
Wentzville, MO 63385
Click here to go to Ellebracht's website

Reis Environmental
Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00
11022 Linpage Place
St. Louis, MO 63132
Click here to go to Reis' website

Ed Roehr Safety Products Co.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30
2710 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Click here to go to Ed Roehr's website
This Web site was developed and is maintained by Betty Stoecklin.  
If you notice any problems with the site or have suggestions, please call 314-889-8670.
If the Fire Academy must close or delay the start time, this
information can be found on KMOX 1120 (radio & web site); listed as
St. Louis County Fire Academy or on Channel 5 (KSDK) (television & web site);
listed as St. Louis Co. Fire Acad. Recruit Prog.

If we are listed on a SNOW SCHEDULE, the start time is 10:00 am.
You need Java to see this applet.
Enter starting street address:

City, State or Zipcode:
Listed below are a few training entities which offer E.M.T. and/or Paramedic courses.  For a or  you may contact them by phone at 573-751-6356.

St. Louis Community College                                                
EMS Coordinator: 314-763-6032                                           
Web site:                                                      
E.M.T. and Paramedic training     

St. Charles County Ambulance District
Training Academy
636-441-1354 ext. 1702
Web site:
E.M.T. and Paramedic training

Jefferson College
E.M.T. and Paramedic training

Respond Right EMS Academy
Web site:
E.M.T. and Paramedic

Rapid EMT, LLC
Web site:
E.M.T. training
Over the past two years, 177 recruits have gone through the St. Louis County Fire Academy.  
Of those, 63 responded to a recent survey about their firefighter career after graduation.

Of the 177 recruits who responded, 48 have a Paramedic license.  Of the 48 who have a Paramedic
license, 26 have found full-time jobs as firefighters.

Of the 177 recruits who responded, 15 have an EMT license.  Of the 15 who have an EMT
license, four have found full-time jobs as firefighters.
The remainder have not yet found jobs in the field.
(updated December 18, 2014)