Fire Academy

Recognized by the State of Texas as an Exemplary Program.

About the program:

The Kilgore College Fire Academy is certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the State Firemen and Fire Marshal's Association and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

It offers certification schools for NFPA 1001 Basic Structural Firefighter I and II certification, the Texas Volunteer certification, Fire Inspector and Fire and Arson Investigation courses.

The next on-site academy begins January, 2015.

The Sept. 15 Academy is full.  Any applications for that academy will be put on a waiting list in the case of unforseen openings.

KC Basic Fire Academy Application

KC also offers an Online Fire Academy

On-site academy dates:

Academy # Start Date Application Deadline
Academy 93 September 2014 Aug. 1, 2014
Academy 94 January 2015 Dec. 1, 2014*
Academy 95 April 2015 March 1, 2014*
Academy 96 June 2015 May 1, 2015*
Academy 97 September 2015 Aug. 1, 2014*

*Dates subject to change

Certified by:

  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection
  • State Firemen and Fire Marshal's Association
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The academy offers certification schools for:

  • NFPA 1001 Basic Structural Firefighter I and II certification
  • Texas Volunteer certification
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire and Arson Investigation courses

Individuals completing a combined Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II Commission approved Basic Structure Fire Suppression program; passing the applicable State examination; and holding, as a minimum, current certification by the Texas Department of Health as an Emergency Care Attendant or successful completion of the American Red Cross Emergency Response course with optional endorsements may be granted IFSAC certifications as a Firefighter I, Firefighter II, First Responder Awareness and First Responder Operations by making application to the Commission for the IFSAC seals and paying applicable fees. Students will also receive eight (8) hours certification in Wildland Firefighter Techniques from the Texas Forest Service and twenty-five (25) hours certification in Hazardous Materials Response from the City of Kilgore Fire Department.

Fire Academy

Courses Offered On-Site

FIRS 1001 Firefighter I
Course Description: An introduction to firefighter safety and development. Topics include Texas Commission on Fire Protection Rules and Regulations, firefighter safety, fire science, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, and fire reports and records. The student will discuss core fire service subjects; demonstrate the use of self-contained breathing apparatus; explain and identify fire service reports and records; relate fire service subject matter to firefighting safety and survival.

FIRS 1007 Firefighter II
Course Description: The study of basic principles and skill development in handling fire service hose and ladders. Topics include the distribution system of water supply; basic building construction; and emergency service communication, procedures, and equipment. The student will describe hose construction, care, maintenance, and testing; demonstrate hose rolls, drags, carries, and loads; identify the principles of ladder construction, care and testing; identify the types of water distribution systems and demonstrate proficiency in water supply operations; list the types of construction and building material hazards that affect firefighter safety; state the procedures of receiving alarms, and identify alarm devices, equipment, and radio procedures.

FIRS 1013 Firefighter III
Course Description: General principles of fire apparatus, pump operations, fire streams, and public operations as they relate to fundamental development of basic firefighter skills. The student will identify the types of fire apparatus, describe the operation of fire pumps,demonstrate fire stream operations and fire pump operations, and explain the importance of public relations as a member of fire service.

FIRS 1019 Firefighter IV
Course Description: A study of equipment, tactics, and procedures used in forcible entry, ventilation, salvage, and overhaul. Preparation for certification as a basic firefighter. The student will identify and safely use, maintain, and clean forcible entry tools; describe the effects of proper ventilation, decisions to ventilate, and demonstrate methods of ventilation; describe the purpose of salvage; demonstrate various folds and rolls of covers, salvage throws, use of water catchalls, and various mop up procedures; describe and identify safety precautions, dangerous building conditions, value of overhaul, and overhaul procedures; and demonstrate safe handling of debris.

FIRS 1023 Firefighter V
The study of ropes and knots, rescue procedures and techniques, and hazardous materials. Preparation for certification as a basic firefighter. The student will describe and demonstrate proper rescue techniques to include search, removal, and packing of victims; describe and demonstrate life safety, harnesses, repelling, and vehicle extrication; describe and demonstrate various parts of the rope, various knots, and their uses; and identify definitions of hazardous materials and describe incident management of hazardous materials.

FIRS 1029 Firefighter VI
Course Description: The study of fire inspection techniques and practices, public transportation, fire cause determination. Topics include fire protection systems, wild land fire, and pre-incident planning. Preparation for certification as a basic firefighter. The student will identify and describe the procedures to determine point of origin, events of fire, cause, factors indicating arson, the protection of evidence, and the importance of securing the fire scene, list the components of pre-incident planning, and perform a facility survey; explain wild land fire suppression terminology and methods including location, sizing of fire, suppression techniques, and safety; describe the purpose of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13 and NFPA 14 standards applicable to fire protection systems; state recommended procedures using apparatus, equipment, and resources available as they apply to the modes of public transportation; and explain the purpose of the NFPA 101, life safety code, applicable to fire prevention inspections.

FIRS 1033 Firefighter VII
Course Description: An in-depth study and practice of simulated emergency operations and hands-on live fire training exercises, incident command procedures, and combined operations using proper extinguishing methods. Emphasis on safety. The student will describe the general requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards applicable to live fire; extinguish or control live fires while using hose streams and portable extinguishers safely and effectively; and operate within a command structure utilized by all participants.

**THE ABOVE COURSES MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY INSTITUTIONS LICENSED AS A FIRE ACADEMY BY THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON FIRE PROTECTION**

NOTE: While the academy is a part of the certification for firefighters there is another component outside of the academy that is required before being eligible to apply for Basic Firefighter Certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Below is what is required from the Fire Commission:

Chapter 423 - Fire Suppression:

Subchapter A - Minimum Standards for Structure Fire Personnel Certification
423.1 - Minimum Standards for Structure Fire Protection Personnel
423.1 is the first rule in Chapter 423.) Next rule: 423.3 - Minimum Standards for Basic Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification

a. Fire protection personnel of any local government entity, who receive probationary or temporary appointment to structure fire protection duties, must be certified by the commission within one year from the date of their appointment in a structural fire protection personnel position.

b. Prior to being appointed to fire suppression duties, personnel must complete a commission approved basic structure fire suppression program and successfully complete a commission recognized emergency medical course. The individual must successfully pass the commission examination pertaining to that curriculum as required by 423.3 of this title.

The commission recognizes the following emergency medical training:

1. Department of State Health Services Emergency Medical Service Personnel certification training;

2. an American Red Cross Emergency Response course, including the optional lessons and enrichment sections;

3. an American Safety and Health Institute First Responder course;

4. National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification; or

5. medical training deemed equivalent by the commission.

c. Personnel holding any level of structure fire protection personnel certification must comply with the continuing education requirements specified in §441.7 of this title (relating to Continuing Education for Structure Fire Protection Personnel).

Cost of the Fire Academy

On-Site Course Fee:

  • In-state: $1,150
  • Out-of-state: $1,700
  • Out of Country Only: $1,715 (US dollars)

On-Site Additional Fees:

Uniform: Approximately $50 per set + .0825 tax. This includes: navy pants, light blue shirt, 1 name tag, and a Fire Academy patch for each shirt. Student must provide their own black footwear and black belt. Uniforms are ordered through Nardis, Inc. (2 Sets Required) (Nardis is located in Kilgore, Texas)

Housing: For those students who live a great distance from the campus, Kilgore College offers dorm rooms at reasonable rates on a first come, first serve basis.

Meals: Students wishing to eat at the Kilgore College Cafeteria may purchase meal tickets. There are also several restaurants in the Kilgore area in which students may dine.

Required Equipment and Textbooks

Required Equipment (NFPA approved):

Full set of required personal protective equipment (PPE) is comprised of: bunker coat, helmet, bunker pants, gloves, suspenders, Nomex hood and bunker boots.

If the on-site student does not have access to approved compliant PPE, the on-site student may lease/rent the PPEfrom Texas Fire Gear, rental company from Houston, Texas. This company will rent the full set of gear to the student for the entire length of the fire academy for a total cost of $400. A representative from this company will be present on the first day of the academy to take measurements of the individual students and will have the gear to our academy within the first seven days of the academy.

Note: You may use your own personal protective equipment if it is NFPA 1851 (Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting) approved and inspected by Kilgore College Fire Academy Staff members. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION THAT VERIFIES YOUR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT DOES MEETS THE NEW ADVANCED NFPA 1851 INSPECTION.

You MUST have either and approved ISP verify through proper documentation from the ISP that all of the PPE is fully compliant with NFPA 1851. Your local Fire Chief may completely fill out the Kilgore College Fire Academy verification form and have their signature verified by a Notary, that the PPE is fully NFPA 1851 compliant. If the proper documentation is NOT received, the student will be required to rent the PPE from Texas Fire Gear from Houston, Texas.

Required Textbooks:

NOTE: Textbooks are scheduled to be revised. Please contact the KC Fire Academy before purchasing to verify any changes.

  • ESSENTIALS OF FIRE FIGHTING and Fire Department Operations, 6th Ed. (#36930)
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, 4th Ed. (#36604)

Each student is required to provide their textbooks for reference and assignments.

This textbook may be obtained at our Kilgore College Bookstore, or may be ordered directly from IFSTA at www.ifsta.org or by calling them at 1-800-654-4055.

Textbooks may also be ordered through www.sffma.org.

Recommended Textbooks:

Hazardous Materials Reference Textbooks:

The students are not required to purchase the following textbooks, however, if the student would prefer to have these textbooks for their personal libraries the following are our recommendations:

  • NFPA Publication: Hazardous Materials Response Handbook (4th ed.) (2002). This reference text lists the objectives that the First Responder should be capable of performing.
  • NFPA Standard 472: Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents (2002 ed). This reference text lists the objectives that the First Responder should be capable of performing
  • DOT Publication, Emergency Response Guidebook. This publication is the little orange book that is required to be in every fire truck, ambulance, and police car in the nation. Much of the power point presentations during Haz/Mat Awareness will be spent in explaining the basic concepts behind how to properly locate the information that you are looking for during an actual Haz/Mat incident. If you are associated with a local fire department or if you know anyone working at a fire department, we would recommend that you ask one of the firefighters working there to give you a brief orientation to the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG). That brief orientation will make your power point presentation over Haz/Mat Awareness precede much smoother. If you would like to purchase a copy of the ERG check out www.jjkeller.com or call 1-800-327-6868.
  • IFSTA Publication, Hazardous Materials Managing the Incident, 3 rd edition. Authors: Gregory Noll, Michael Hildebrand, James Yvorra. This is an excellent reference book to assist the student in locating the objectives established in the items listed here as item 1 & 2.
  • IFSTA Publication, Hazardous Materials for First Responders, 3rd edition. This is also an excellent reference book to assist the student in locating the objectives established in the items listed here as items 1 & 2.
Additional Fees: Housing, Uniforms and Meals

Uniforms cost approximately $50 per set + .0825 tax. This includes: navy pants, light blue shirt, 1 name tag, and a Fire Academy patch for each shirt. Student must provide their own black footwear and black belt. Uniforms are ordered through Nardis, Inc. (two sets of uniforms are required. Nardis is located in Kilgore). As far as housing for those students who live a great distance from the campus, Kilgore College offers housing at reasonable rates on a first come, first serve basis. Students wishing to eat at the Kilgore College Cafeteria may purchase meal tickets. There are also several restaurants in the Kilgore area in which students may dine.

Fire Protection Online - Associate of Applied Science

For more information on the Associate's Degree in Fire Protection, visit the Fire Protection webpage.

Designated Institution by the Canadian Province of British Columbia

The Kilgore College Fire Academy has received approval as a designated institution by the Canadian Province of British Columbia. Students attending the Fire Academy who meet the British Columbia residency requirement are now able to apply for financial assistance under the British Columbia Student Assistance Program.

Additional Requirements for Candadian Students
  • The Commission now has a rule in place that will allow any Canadian student with documented proof of successful completion of the British Columbia Occupational First Aid Level 3 or Alberta documentation of the First Responder Level III to have met the Texas medical equivalency of the E.C.A. or the Red Cross Emergency Response course required to fulfill the Commission’s medical requirements. You must meet the Commission’s medical requirement in order to obtain your IFSAC seals. For questions regarding if your medical certification is acceptable, you must contact Mollie Clakley at the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (512) 936-3815.
  • All students MUST process through the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) counter at their point of exit from Canada or at their point of entry into the U.S. If the Student I-20M form is not properly processed by Immigrations personnel, the student may be sent home.
  • Payment must be made by credit card, cashier’s check, certified check, or money order ONLY (in U.S. dollars only). An additional $15.00 should be added to each of the above to cover international bank processing charges.
Texas Commission on Fire Protection and IFSAC Updates

Individuals completing a combined Firefighter I and Firefighter II Commission approved Basic Structural Fire Suppression program; passing the applicable state examination; and holding, as a minimum, current certification by the Texas Department of Health as an Emergency Care Attendant or successful completion of the American Red Cross Emergency Response course with optional endorsements may be granted IFSAC Certification as a Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations by making application to the Commission for the IFSAC seals and paying applicable fees. Students successfully completing the Firefighter I and II Basic Structural Fire Suppression program have one year in which to complete the Commission medical requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

For information about Fire Academy:

Rhonda Paul
Manager, Fire Academy
KC Fire Academy
Phone:
(903) 983-8177 or (888) 347-3789
Office:
Woodruff Adult Education Center, 138
Fax:
(903) 988-3741 or (888) 817-3108