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 Protection, State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The Kilgore College Fire Academy offers:
- An on-site Basic Fire Suppression program (3-4 times a year)
- An online Basic Fire Suppression program (6 times a year)
We are preparing to offer the following online TCFP certification courses soon:
- Fire Inspector
- Instructor I, II and III
- Fire Officer I, II, III and IV
- Safety Officer
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Basic Fire Suppression program:
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. Firefighters who complete the degree will have better promotional opportunities and will be more marketable in the field.
To learn more, click Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection.
After completing the program, the student will have met the sections required for a professional firefighter in the NFPA 1001, 2013 edition, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional qualifications.
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. 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.