Fire Academy

Recognized by the State of Texas as an Exemplary Program
live fire training

About the KC Fire Academy:

The Kilgore College Fire Academy is recognized by the State of Texas as an EXEMPLARY PROGRAM and is accredited by the Texas Commission on Fire ProtectionState Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Kilgore College Fire Academy offers:

  • An on-site Basic Fire Academy (Fire Suppression) program (3-4 times a year)
  • An online Basic Fire Academy (Fire Suppression) program (6 times a year)
  • A hybrid evening/weekend onsite Basic Fire Academy program (2 times a year)

We now offer the following online TCFP certification courses on a regular basis:

  • Instructor I & II
  • Driver/Operator
  • Click on the link “TCFP Certification Online Courses” below for dates and prices.

Soon we will offer:

  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Officer I, II, III and IV
  • Safety Officer
  • Instructor III

KCFA offers training for area fire departments and volunteer fire departments:

We work with local volunteer fire departments to customize basic fire academies and training at their stations with their volunteers.

Paid departments also need help in training and meeting yearly CE requirements to maintain their certifications. We can customize their training programs, too.

Call us if your paid or volunteer fire department is interested in these services.


Wondering how you become a firefighter? Start here at Kilgore College!

To become a TCFP certified firefighter in the state of Texas (or for a Canadian to be eligible for IFSAC seals) a person must:

  • Complete a commission approved basic structure fire suppression program (Kilgore College Fire Academy meets this criteria),
  • Pass the commission examinations (taken at the end of the class),
  • Meet the medical training requirements,
  • Pass the background check.

Medical Training Requirement:

At this time, our program does not include or attempt to meet the medical training requirement. The exciting news is that we will soon begin implementing a medical section within the Basic Fire Academy that will meet that requirement. We will let you know when the addition will begin.

Please note that most paid fire departments in Texas require more advanced medical training such as EMT. The student needs to know all of the requirements of the commission. They are found on their website: www.tcfp.texas.gov/.


IMPORTANT: The Texas Commission on Fire Protection’s Rules and Regulations governs the criteria for state certification of a firefighter. There are circumstances under which the TCFP may DENY certification to an individual who has been convicted of criminal offenses. If you have been convicted of any felony offense or any misdemeanor class “B” or above, it is your responsibility to determine whether or not the TCFP will issue you a certification. The most effective way to do this is by submitting to TCFP an Application for Early Review of Certification, which is available at the following URL: www.tcfp.texas.gov/forms/TCFP-012.pdf.


Are you interested in taking your fire service career to the next level?

The College also offers an online Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection which accepts the 23 hours earned in the Basic Fire Suppression certification program to go towards the 60 hours required for the degree.

If you are a TCFP certified firefighter, driver/engineer, captain, battalion chief, consider earning your Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection. You will already have 23 hours to apply towards the degree and some of your other certifications may also apply.

To learn more, click Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection.


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Fire Academy

On-site Basic Structure Fire Suppression

On-site Basic Structure Fire Suppression:

Tuition and Fees:

  • $1,150 (In-state) with a $50 curriculum access fee for a total of $1,200
  • $1,700 (Out-of-state) with a $50 curriculum access fee for a total of $1,750
  • $1,715 USD (Out-of-country) with a $50 curriculum access fee for a total of $1,765

On Site Additional Fees:

  • The tuition and fees for this course do not cover the cost of uniforms and/or other equipment that a cadet will be responsible for supplying.
  • Two sets of uniforms are approximately $125.
  • Bunker gear may be rented through PPE Care at $475, or may be furnished by the sponsoring Fire Department, pending the Director’s approval.
  • Housing and meal plans are available for those who are not able to commute.
  • The student is also responsible for purchasing their textbooks: 

    • Essentials of Firefighting, 6th Ed. (ISBN# 978-087939-509-4) (eBook is available if preferred; ISBN: 978-0-97939-529-2)

    • Hazardous Materials for First Responders, 5th Ed. (ISBN# 978-0-87939-613-8)

    (eBook is available if preferred; ISBN: 9780879396190)


Upcoming onsite academy dates (class is approximately 12 weeks):

Academy #

Application Deadline

Class Dates

104

May 14, 2018

June 4, – Aug. 23, 2018

105 Aug. 22, 2018 Sept. 5 - Nov. 28, 2018

*Dates subject to change


On-site Class Schedule (Monday – Friday):

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Possibility of evening and/or weekend classes
  • No excused absences
  • 12-Week Minimum, 13-Week Maximum (Depends on various holidays)

Basic Fire Suppression Application for American Students:

Basic Fire Suppression Application for Canadian Students:

Online Basic Structure Fire Suppression

Online Basic Structure Fire Suppression:

Tuition and Fees:

  • $1,150 (In-state) with a $50 curriculum access fee for a total of $1,200
  • $1,700 (Out-of-state) with a $50 curriculum access fee for a total of $1,750
  • $1,715 USD (Out-of-country) with a $50 curriculum access fee for a total of $1,765

Online Additional Fees:

  • Bunker gear may be rented through Gear Cleaning Solutions for $200, or may be furnished by the sponsoring Fire Department, pending the director’s approval.
  • The student is also responsible for purchasing their textbooks.
  • Housing and meal plans are available for those who are not able to commute for the Skills Training.

Upcoming online academy dates (class is approximately 16 weeks):

Academy #

Application Deadline

Class Dates

Skills Training

State Test

1005

May 25, 2018

June 4 - Oct. 4, 2018

Oct. 5-15, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

1006

July 27, 2018

Aug. 1 - Dec. 6, 2018

Dec. 7-17, 2018

Dec. 18, 2018

1007

Sept. 21, 2018

Oct. 1, 2018 - Feb. 14, 2019

Feb. 15-25, 2019

Feb. 26, 2019

 


Basic Fire Suppression Application for American Students:

Basic Fire Suppression Application for Canadian Students:

TCFP Certification Online Courses

The KC Fire Academy offers the following online TCFP certification courses:

Instructor I:

Class Info: 48 hours; one month online and one day onsite skills; $250; Instructor I requires students to have a minimum of three years as a firefighter.

2018 Classes:

  • July 2 - Aug. 7
  • Sept. 5 - Oct. 9
  • Nov. 1 - Dec. 11

2019 Classes:

  • Jan. 7 - Feb. 12
  • March 1 - April 9
  • May 1 - June 11
  • July 1 - Aug. 13
  • Sept. 4 - Oct. 8
  • Nov. 1 - Dec. 10

2020 Classes:

  • Jan. 6 - Feb. 11
  • March 2 - April 7
  • May 1 - June 9
  • July 1 - Aug. 11
  • Sept. 1 - Oct. 13
  • Nov. 2 - Dec. 8

Click this link to apply


Instructor II:

Class Info: 48 hours; one month online and one day onsite skills; $250; Instructor II requires students to hold Instructor I certification.

2018 Classes:

  • July 2 - Aug. 8
  • Sept. 5 - Oct. 10
  • Nov. 1 - Dec. 12

2019 Classes:

  • Jan. 7 - Feb. 13
  • March 1 - April 10
  • May 1 - June 12
  • July 1 - Aug. 14
  • Sept. 4 - Oct. 9
  • Nov. 1 - Dec. 11

2020 Classes:

  • Jan. 6 - Feb. 12
  • March 2 - April 8
  • May 1 - June 10
  • July 1 - Aug. 12
  • Sept. 1 - Oct. 14
  • Nov. 2 - Dec. 9

Click this link to apply


Driver Operator:

Class Info: 60 hours; two month online and one day on-site skills; $275; requires student to hold Fire Suppression certification.

2018 Classes:

  • Aug. 1 - Oct. 8
  • Oct. 1 - Dec. 10

2019 Classes:

  • Dec. 3 - Feb. 11
  • Feb. 1 - April 8
  • April 1 - June 10
  • June 3 - Aug. 12
  • Aug. 1  - Oct. 7
  • Oct. 1 - Dec. 9
  • Dec. 2 - Feb. 10

2020 Classes:

  • Feb. 3 - April 6
  • April 1 - June 8
  • June 1 - Aug. 10
  • Aug. 3 - Oct. 12
  • Oct. 1 - Dec. 7

Click this link to apply


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Associate of Applied Science Degree – Fire Protection Online

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

Continuing Education Courses Offered for Local Fire Departments

The KC Fire Academy will begin offering monthly CE course to the local fire departments soon.

Check in often and LIKE our Facebook page KILGORE COLLEGE FIRE ACADEMY to know when these classes become available.

Important information for Canadian students

Important Information for Canadian Students:

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

  • You must receive by mail an ORIGINAL (barcoded and blue ink stamped I20M form) issued to you after enrollment. If you have moved or changed addresses from original application and enrollment into the program, please provide the updated information to our offices so that your student file is current.  This also affects your I20M form because addresses have to be updated within 10 days (see page two of your “instructions to students” portion of the I20M form).
  • 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 requirement. 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 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.

IFSAC Seals

Individuals who:

  • Complete a commission approved basic structure fire suppression program (Kilgore College Fire Academy meets this criteria),
  • pass the commission examinations (taken at the end of the class),
  • complete the medical requirement (The Commission now has a rule in place that will allow any Canadian student with documented proof of successful completion of at a minimum the British Columbia Occupational First Aid Level 3 or Alberta documentation of the First Responder Level III to have met the medical requirement),
  • and pass the background check 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. 

For information about Fire Academy:

Kristi Simpson
Professional Support Specialist
KC Fire Academy
Phone:
(903) 983-8177
Office:
Woodruff Adult Education Center, 138
Fax:
(903) 988-3741
Renee' Golden
Support Specialist
KC Fire Academy
Phone:
(903) 983-8662
Office:
Woodruff Adult Education Center, 138
Fax:
(903) 988-3741
Mike Simmons
Director
KC Fire Academy
Phone:
(903) 988-3752
Office:
Woodruff Adult Education Center, 138
Fax:
(903) 988-3741
Mike Fennell
Lead Instructor
KC Fire Academy
Phone:
(903) 983-3762
D'Wayne Shaw
Dean
Public Services and Industrial Technologies
Phone:
(903) 983-8130
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (WHITN), 114