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SWMRFA & Reserve Program





SWRFA Program History and Purpose

The Southwest Regional Fire Academy (SWRFA) program was developed and implemented by three area fire departments; Nixa Fire Protection District, Battlefield Fire Protection District, and Logan Rogersville Fire Protection District. Together we recognize the need for additional opportunities to provide the Fire Fighter I/II course which produces a high-quality education combined with real world application while maintaining a cost that is reasonable and affordable to all involved parties.


It has been designed for individuals who are employed, or seeking employment, by fire service agencies in the Southwest Missouri Region. This program will provide recruits an opportunity to gain wide variety of fire service knowledge, firefighting best practices to become certified as Firefighter in the State of Missouri, which includes Pro-Board certification in compliance with NFPA 1001.


Program Description

This program has been approved by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. It addresses information and techniques currently considered to be the responsibility of a Firefighter, according to the current NFPA 1001 Standard, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Furthermore, much of the information and many of the techniques delivered through this program are current best practices and delivery methods in the Southwest Missouri Region.


This program consists of classroom instruction, practical skills firefighting training, physical fitness training, and time in the field with designated local fire departments.




The program will contain lectures, demonstrations, and practical skill sessions which will enable a properly motivated and capable recruit to:

  • Demonstrate a proficient knowledge and skill level commensurate with or exceeding the NFPA 1001 Standard. Including but not limited to:
  • Demonstrate competency regarding the donning, use, maintenance, and inspection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Perform an efficient and appropriate fire attack and be competent in the management of fire streams.
  • Understand, recognize and provide rescue of victims trapped in a fire or motor vehicle accident.
  • Demonstrate competency in knowledge of building construction and fire behavior and how they affect one another.
  • Demonstrate the safe and adequate deployment of ground ladders, and the maintenance and care of those ladders.
  • Demonstrate proper tool selection based upon assignments at a fire scene (either real or simulated) and the proper maintenance and care of those tools.
  • Write a comprehensive, detailed incident report.
  • Give a clear concise radio report.



As a Reserve firefighter you will be assigned to serve on an unpaid schedule as additional support to aid firefighters of the Nixa Fire Protection District. Reserve firefighter duties may vary from responding to emergency calls, required basic firefighter training sessions, and community events. The schedule will require a minimum of several 8 to 12 hour shifts per month. Reserve firefighter positions offer unique opportunities to gain relevant experience and perspective toward a possible full-time firefighting position or EMT career. The Reserve firefighter will be expected to maintain and follow all training requirements and District Policy and Procedures.  To become a Reserve firefighter you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid Missouri driver's license with no suspensions, revocations, or any other significant moving violations within the last 3 years. Candidates interested in a Reserve Firefighter position must pass a Criminal Background Check and a Driver's License Check. 


For more information about the

Adam Neff
Assistant Chief-Training 

Direct: 417-449-0534