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The fire department proudly protects over 46,595 people living in an area of over 32 square miles. The Department consists of 116 personnel: 95 full-time positions, 6 part-time personnel and 15 reserve personnel.

The fire department has an ISO Rating of 1. This rating is used for insurance purposes. It is a rating based on fire station water systems, communication systems and how fast they respond to calls. A 1 is an excellent score and should result in lower insurance premiums for your home or business.

Citizens Fire Academy

The public can get a first-hand look at how the City of Kannapolis Fire Department trains and responds to the emergency needs of our community by attending the Citizens Fire Academy.

The Citizens Fire Academy is a ten week course offered free to anyone who would like to have a better understanding of our fire department operations and how we assist citizens when an emergency happens. The academy will also teach the dangers of fire and how a person can protect themselves and their homes.

Course topics include:

• Station Tours/ Department Overview
• History of Fire Service and Life of a Firefighter
• Hazardous Materials Response
• Fire Prevention, Education and Investigation
• Emergency Vehicle Driving, Rescue Operations and Thermal Imaging
• Hose Operation and Live Fire experience.

Typically, the academy is held from 6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at Kannapolis City Hall (unless otherwise noted) in the Spring. Academies have been postponed due to COVID. To apply for the free academy you must be a resident of Kannapolis and over the age of 18. Space is limited. To apply, please complete an application, available here.