We are committed to training those who qualify to become part of our team and serve the citizens of our community. All non-certified candidates must attend our fire academy where they will complete requirements set forth by NFPA 1001 to obtain a Firefighter II certification. Cadets must successfully complete classroom material, demonstrate skills proficiency, and pass a final written exam.
There is no cost to attend this academy as it is expected that graduates will serve our department as volunteer firefighters. Protective equipment provided by the department. Cadets are required to purchase some uniform items.
Turn 18 years old before graduation
Pass a physical ability test (PAT)
Pass criminal history & drug screen
Must be eligible to work in the USA
Must be able to fulfill department scheduling requirements after graduation
Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and every Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The academy runs for approximately 4-5 months.
This is not a Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) course. Graduates of this program will obtain a Firefighter II certification from the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshalls Assn of Texas (SFFMA). However, SFFMA provides a path for FFII certificate holders to challenge the TCFP exam. The department can assist you in this process.
Physical Ability Test
Fire Academy candidates are required to complete the Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to acceptance into the course. The PAT is a sequence of events requiring the candidate to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow the department a means for obtaining trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes.
The Firefighter PAT is very strenuous. If you have had a recent illness, surgery or are under medication, verify with your healthcare provider whether it is safe for you to take the test.