Mission Statement

The Primary mission of the Training and Research Division is to provide on-going training, education and certification to fire service personnel necessary to insure a competent, efficient and effective emergency response organization. It is the further mission of this division to provide the necessary research, evaluation and recommendations for new products and procedures necessary to maintain a state-of-the-art emergency response organization.

Inclement Weather Policy

Classes scheduled at the Training Academy will be canceled
if any of the following apply:
1. The Maryland State Police Snow Emergency Plan is in effect 2 hours prior to the start of class. This information can be found on the State Highway Administrations Website.
2. Classes may be canceled at the discretion of the instructor.

Academy Location

415 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD. 21784

Academy Staff

Division Chief Lisa Mayers
(410) 222-8360
Captain Tim Gunderson 
Operations Officer
(410) 222-8360
Responsibilities: NFA Coordinator, ATRA Certification Manager, Professional Qualifications Manager, Instructor Credentialing.
Debbie Lloyd
(410) 222-8360
Responsibilities: Training Records Database, Transcripts and Student Applications.
Firefighter V Donny Clime 
Logistics Officer
(410) 222-0890
Responsibilities: Phase II Training, Curriculum development, Instructor.
Lieutenant Joel Dixon
Special Projects
(410) 222-8364
Responsibilities: In-Service Skills Coordinator, OSHA Compliance, AOC Database, Proficiency Promotions, All You Need to Ride Program (AYNTR), VA Benefits, Apprentice Program, Driver’s License (EVO) program, Donated structures and vehicles.
Lieutenant John Shoemaker
Planning Officer
(410) 222-0889
Responsibilities: Career Recruit Program Coordinator, Program Development, Audio Visual technology Specialist, Professional Development Coordinator, MFRI Coordinator, Facilities Scheduling.
Lt. Cory Polidore
EMS Training Coordinator
(410) 222-8335
Responsibilities: College Program Management, National Registry Testing, Maryland Protocol Review and Testing, Ride Along Scheduling, American Heart Association ("AHA") training center coordinator, National Registry and MIEMSS compliance/auditing, ACLS instructor initial and re-certification.
Firefighter/EMTP James Clopein
ALS Training Coordinator
(410) 222-8343
Responsibilities: Career EMT-I and EMT-P re-certification coordinator, RSI education coordinator, Podcast development, EMS website manager.
Firefighter/EMTP Jeannie Hannas
Quality Improvement Coordinator
(410) 222-0862
Responsibilities: ALS orientation program, ACLS coordinator, ALS preceptor development, QI liaison, ALS education.
Firefighter/EMTP Liese Williams
BLS Training Coordinator
(410) 222-8345
Responsibilities: MFRI EMT-Basic, Career EMT-Basic initial and re-certification coordinator, MIEMSS Operational Program Affiliation Authorization/verification.
Firefighter/EMTP Autumn Snyder
CPR Coordinator
(410) 222-8337
Responsibilities: CPR initial and re-certification coordinator, CPR Instructor initial and re-certification, American Heart Association recordkeeping and compliance, and Citizen CPR program.