The San Francisco Fire Youth Academy sponsored by the San Francisco Black Firefighters Association is open to high school youths interested in joining the fire service. Our goal is to teach basic firefighting skills and a general understanding of the fire service while assisting in the development of interpersonal skills.

The Youth Academy meets every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the San Francisco Black Firefighters Association Headquarters, 4936 Third Street, in San Francisco. Some of the firefighting skills taught include:

  • Basic Emergency Care

  • Fire Prevention

  • Forcible Entry

  • Scene Safety

  • Search and Rescue

  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Application


The San Francisco Fire Youth Academy has been given overwhelming promises of support from local churches, community groups, community leaders, and local high school and college campuses. Also, our proposal has found favor with some organizations for mutually beneficial collaborations and potentially gracious funding in the near future. With all this support we are in need of only one more thing— YOUR support.

How You Can Support the Youth Academy

You can support the Youth Academy by…

  • learning about the Youth Academy at one of our orientation meetings.

  • attending the academy on Saturday mornings and assisting with the instruction of first aide, CPR, and various firefighting skills, or by supervising shopping and cooking with the youths.

  • mentoring a youth and providing a positive role model and confidant to a young man or woman in need of some direction and guidance from a responsible, caring adult.

Learn More!

For more information, contact Youth Academy Director: Antoine Watts,  ya_director@sfbfa.org
Contact via phone, 415-845-2378
or in person at 4936 Third Street, San Francisco, California, 94188

Antoine Watts has been with the SFFD since 2013.  He is a member of Station 25 located on Third and Cargo.  Firefighter Watts is a San Francisco native and was raised in the City's Bayview area

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