Coon Rapids participates in the Anoka County Fire Training Academy Firefighter I & II Recruit School. This collaboration prepares recruits to meet job performance requirements for career and volunteer firefighters whose duties are primarily structural in nature as described in NFPA 1001 Standard on Fire Fighter Professional Qualification 2008 Edition and NFPA 1500 Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program 2007 Edition.
Classroom and training ground instruction includes firefighter skills, fire behavior, fire control techniques, fire ground operations, salvage, hazardous materials and incident command. Training ground activities allow recruits to use their knowledge and master basic manipulative firefighter skills. The academy is 178 hours meeting twice a week for six months.
Several Coon Rapids firefighters serve as instructors and director of operations for the academy.