Starting Thursday the Raleigh Fire Department will begin taking applications for the 44th Fire Academy.
Usually, about 1,000 people turn in their applications to be part of the academy, with each recruiting class consisting of 25-40 candidates.
The Academy is 32 weeks and includes intense physical training as well as a challenging academic program. According to the fire officials, recruits must maintain an 80 percent average during their training.
For more information, contact the Keeter Training Center at 919-996-6395 or visit http://www.raleighnc.gov/fire.