Texarkana College Fire Academy

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The Texarkana College Fire Academy will prepare you for a career that provides great personal satisfaction and generally provides good salaries, benefits and pension plans. In this 14-week program, you’ll learn the skills you need to save lives, save property, and bring order to chaotic situations.

Firefighting requires teamwork, dedication, intelligence, and physical stamina. This career consistently ranks as the most prestigious occupation in national public opinion polls. With state-of-the-art training facilities, no waiting list, excellent classroom facilities and free membership to the Pinkerton Fitness Center, the Texarkana College Fire Academy is your best option for embarking on the firefighting career path.

Admissions requirements

Applicant must be 18 years of age or older. There is no age maximum for the program, but many fire departments have a maximum hiring age of 35.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.

A pre-academy physical by personal physician is required. Physician must certify that the candidate is physically capable of the demands of firefighting.  A clear urine drug screen is required.

Registration packets are available at Texarkana College’s Continuing Education Division, located in the administration building. The packet will include an application, physical form, liability waiver, and other required paperwork and information.

Upcoming courses

  • Academy #1 – September 2-December 12, 2014,
  • Academy #2 – January 12-April 24, 2015
  • Academy #3 – May 11-August 14, 2015 (subject to slight adjustment depending on Independence Day holidays)

Course information

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday with lunch breaks and periodic breaks

14 weeks

25 students

Aikin Building, Texarkana College

Texarkana, Texas Fire Department Training Field
1101 West 21st St., Texarkana, Texas

Course objectives

Course will prepare graduates for a career as a structure firefighter.

  • Safety will be emphasized in all areas of the academy. Students will learn to perform safely in the training environment and, in the future, on the job.
  • Teamwork will be emphasized throughout the academy. Firefighters must perform as a team to safely accomplish training and job performance objectives.
  • Students will learn how to function within an Incident Management System.
  • Students will learn proper use of firefighter protective clothing and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus.
  • Students will learn how to attack and extinguish fires of various types, including fires in buildings, automobile fires, ground cover fires, and various others.
  • Students will learn the use of fire service hose, ladders, and tools.
  • Students will learn rescue techniques.
  • Students will learn fire prevention, public education, and public relations skills.
  • Students will learn how to support fire detection and suppression systems.
  • Students will learn how to safely approach and deal with incidents involving hazardous materials.


  • Graduates will be eligible for the Texas Commission on Fire Protection structure firefighter exam.
  • Those passing the state exam will be eligible for International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certification as Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations. IFSAC seals are accepted as evidence of training by many states, Canadian provinces, and some other countries.

Other requirements for state certification:
Besides completing the basic fire academy, candidates must also meet these requirements prior to being granted firefighter certification by the state:

1. Pass a state written exam
2. Pass a skills examination
3. Complete Texas Commission on Fire Protection recognized medical training. The commission recognizes the following emergency medical training:

  • Department of State Health Services Emergency Medical Service Personnel certification training;
  • an American Red Cross Emergency Response course, including the optional lessons and enrichment sections;
  • an American Safety and Health Institute First Responder course;
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification

4. Background check with fingerprints

  • For applicable convictions, refer to Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 37, Part 13, Chapter

Our trainers

At Texarkana College, you’ll learn from the best.

  • Trainers are all members of the Texarkana Fire Department.
  • All are certified firefighters and instructors.
  • The average instructor has 19 years of fire service experience and carries 5 different certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Estimated cost

In DistrictOut of District
Protective Clothing*$460$460
Drug Screen$50$50
State Test **$85$85

*Protective clothing cost shown is based on rental. Trainees who are members
of a fire department may not require this expense if compliant PPE is issued by
**Testing fee for state certfication exam. Paid near end of course.
***Costs other than tuition are estimated and paid by student direct to supplier.

Requirements for graduation

  • Average score of at least 70% on periodic written exams
  • Complete all instructional skills
  • Pass the final exam with a score of at least 70%

Housing and transportation

  • Texarkana College campus apartments are available at a discounted rate for Texarkana College Fire Academy students who live out-of-district. To learn about special rates, contact Ronda Dozier at 903-823-3088.
  • You can fly directly into Texarkana via the Texarkana Regional Airport. From there, several methods of ground transportation are available.
  • Texarkana’s T-Line bus system stops on the Texarkana College campus and services much of the surrounding area, including access to shopping, food and entertainment.

Download a brochure.

For more information use the information request form or contact:

Harry Simms
Fire Academy Coordinator