The Texarkana College Fire Academy is a partnership between Texarkana College and the Texarkana, Texas, Fire Department. Texarkana College is a publicly supported, two-year, comprehensive community college that offers educational opportunities in traditional academic studies, occupational/technical programs, and workforce development and community services. Texarkana Fire Department is a career fire department serving the citizens of Texarkana, Texas. The department operates five fire stations and has approximately 80 personnel.
The Texarkana College Fire Academy is a 14 week academy designed to prepare trainees for a career as a firefighter. The academy is an authorized training facility for structural firefighting under Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) guidelines and trainees who successfully complete the academy will be eligible for the certification exam given by the TCFP. In addition to the firefighter training provided in this academy, emergency medical training is also required by the TCFP before a firefighter certification is issued. Emergency medical training is also available through Texarkana College. Upon completion of the academy, successful passing of the state practical and written exam, and completion of emergency medical training, trainees can certify as structure firefighters. In addition, successful trainees are eligible to receive International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) seals for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations. These seals are accepted by many states in the US and provinces in Canada as evidence of firefighter training.