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 Academy (Fire Suppression) program (3-4 times a year)
- An Online Basic Fire Academy (Fire Suppression) program (6 times a year)
- A Hybrid Basic Fire Academy (Fire Suppression) program with online coursework training and Tuesday/Thursday evening classes for skills training (2 times a year)
We now offer the following online TCFP certification courses on a regular basis:
- Instructor I & II
- Fire Officer I, II, III and IV
- Safety Officer
- Instructor III
- Kilgore College TCFP Classes Application
North Texas Fire Academy:
Kilgore College has partnered with North Texas Fire Academy in Rockwall (Texas) to offer the following online and onsite classes (among others):
- Fire Inspector I & II
- Plans Examiner
- Fire Investigator
Contact North Texas Fire Academy for more information and an application at (972) 772-3473 or http://www.ntfaonline.com/.
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 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:
Our Basic Fire Academy does not include or attempt to meet the medical training requirement. We offer a six-week onsite EMT course that is taught by Chris Gray and other KCFA instructors. Contact Renee’ Golden at (903) 983-8662 or KCFA@kilgore.edu for information. Download Application (pdf)
Upcoming EMT Classes:
|Academy #||Application Deadline||Class Dates|
|#3||March 27, 2019||April 10 - May 24, 2019|
|#4||Aug. 16, 2019||Aug. 30 - Oct. 15, 2019|
|#5||Dec. 2, 2019||Jan. 3 - Feb. 28, 2020|
*Dates subject to change
The KC Fire Academy also offers a basic Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Course that meets the medical training requirement of the Commission to become a certified firefighter in Texas. EMR Application
|EMR Class Dates||EMR Skills Dates|
|May 1 - June 14, 2019||June 14, 2019|
|June 3 - July 19, 2019||July 19, 2019|
|July 1 - Aug. 16, 2019||Aug. 16, 2019|
|Aug. 1 - Sept. 20, 2019||Sept. 20, 2019|
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.
For certified firefighters in the State of Texas, all classes associated with the associate’s degree in the fire protection program are tuition-exempt thanks to Texas Education Code 54.353.
To learn more, click Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection.